Letters to the Editor

Americans don’t support Iran deal

People who write letters to the editor are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.In a letter in Saturday's Mirror, Suhail Shafi states a majority of Americans support the Iran nuclear deal.A current Quinnipiac poll reports 57 percent of Americans against the deal, 28 percent ...

Supreme Court has too much power

This country is being ruled by nine people who were not elected.Our elected politicians have allowed the so-called, Supreme Court to make laws under the guise of interpreting the Constitution, while doing nothing other than solidifying their own political standing.This court has taken away our ...

School employees receive enough perks

I do not believe that the pensions of Pennsylvania school district employees should be touched.However, sick days, personal days and vacation days should be taken away.Teachers and other employees of Pennsylvania's school districts who work 180 days per year have 12 weeks off during the summer ...

Blair OKs update of aerial photos

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Blair County plans to spend $101,325 to update aerial photographs used by the 911 Center's staff when dispatching emergency response crews.Pictometry International Corp., the company hired to take aerial photographs of the county in 2013, will schedule a second session of aerial ...

Constituent sets record straight on Eichelberger

On July 10, a story appeared in this newspaper in which some things were said about me that just were not true, and I wish to set the record straight with the facts.Contrary to what he said, I have never used obscene language in the handful of times I have spoken with Sen. John H. Eichelberger ...

Republican objection to Iran deal troubling

Shortly after Iran and the world community signed their historic agreement limiting that country's nuclear program, a Washington Post/ABC poll showed a respectable 56 percent of Americans supported the Iran nuclear deal.In Iran itself, the ratification of the deal led to widespread jubilation ...

Motorcycle drivers prefer smooth surfaces

I am a motorcycle owner.I am always trying to figure out why highway repair companies and city, and county road crews do not raise manhole covers to the same level of the road surface when paving.Every time I go out on my Harley, I manage to hit one of these back-breaking manholes, and my ...

Downtown should emphasize green space

Because the city can borrow state money, it is planning to construct an office building in the midst of a downtown long declared dead, taking state tenants from other local buildings whose owners have been supporting the town with taxes and fees for nearly 50 years.Finding tenants for ...

SSD comparison wrong, offensive

In last Saturday's Mirror, a letter writer lumped SSI and SSD into the same category as welfare and food stamps.For clarification, Social Security is labeled an "entitlement," not because the recipients feel "entitled," but because we are entitled to SS because we paid into it for 40-50 years.I ...

Television coverage of debate inadequate

The first presidential debate has taken place, and as responsible citizens, we should attempt to be as informed as possible to make the best vote as possible.The coverage of this debate was very, very poor.Who would think that watching something so important would be limited to one channel?Fox ...

SSD comparison wrong, offensive

SSD comparison wrong, offensiveIn last Saturday's Mirror, a letter writer lumped SSI and SSD into the same category as welfare and food stamps.For clarification, Social Security is labeled an "entitlement," not because the recipients feel "entitled," but because we are entitled to SS ...

Television coverage of debate inadequate

The first presidential debate has taken place, and as responsible citizens, we should attempt to be as informed as possible to make the best vote as possible.The coverage of this debate was very, very poor.Who would think that watching something so important would be limited to one channel?Fox ...

Parents urged ‘don’t wait, vaccinate’

With the start of school just around the corner, the Pennsylvania departments of health and education are deeply concerned that not all children in the commonwealth will be fully vaccinated before the start of classes.In most states, children are required to have all recommended immunizations ...

Don’t sell Sestak short

I recently attended U.S. Senate candidate Joe Sestak's event in Johnstown about the importance of small businesses as part of his book tour.I was impressed by Sestak's proposals to help small business owners such as ensuring access to capital, relieving regulatory burdens and encouraging the ...

Role of teachers can’t be underestimated

Lately I've been reading a great deal about education funding and how greedy teachers are.A number of people have written about how large a portion of education funding is spent on teachers' salaries and benefits.Aside from our own local state senator, John H, Eichelberger Jr., who seems to ...

Chamber’s trip to China puzzling

During the past year or so there has been a campaign to buy local. I am sure the Blair County Chamber of Commerce thinks this is a good thing as it will keep the money in Blair County and increase their profits. That being said, I am a little confused by the fact that the Chamber is sponsoring ...

Playground would enhance Fort Roberdeau

This letter is in response to John Hunter Orr's letter chiding the proposed playground at Fort Roberdeau historic site.In the piece, he argues, "In the late 1700s, Colonials mined lead and held down their frontier fort in a beautiful, largely untamed wilderness. No playground then for ...

Altoona, its past and present, needs support

The budget problem in our state Legislature is a crime.We have the second largest governing body in the country, and we get little or no return for the cost to the taxpayer to maintain it.The people we employ there consist of two factions - Democrat and Republican - who are not servants of the ...

Gov’t wearing us out

There is a monster lurking, and it is about to come out - inflation.You will need a wheelbarrow full of money to buy a loaf of bread or a dozen eggs.Have you noticed that meals in restaurants have gone up? That $8 steak now costs $16. All groceries have gone up. It now costs $8 for a hamburger ...

Tobacco an easy, and unfair, target for taxes

With Pennsylvania continuing to function without an operating budget, I applaud the Legislature for approving and sending to the governor a no-tax budget.As a full service distributor, I'm not in favor of higher tobacco taxes.Tobacco is an easy target, but there are good reasons why taxes on ...