Letters to the Editor

Numbers can bring gun-law change

Families of victims could work togetherYou know how when you trip and fall and no matter how badly you are hurt your first inclination is to jump up and declare that you are OK?You automatically gather up all your strength, hop up and say, "I'm fine. Really. Thanks." The next day the pain seeps ...

Candidates don’t talk about money

While there were some great moments in the latest GOP debate, and some terrific individual performances - Carly Fiorina seemed to grab all the buzz in the aftermath - one thing that barely came up was the economy. It was very much like the first debate.The day after the candidates faced off, ...

Protection of corporate criminals must stop

With the announcement of new rules that make prosecuting individuals in a company easier, the Justice Department is helping to prevent a problem that has plagued investigations for years.In numerous cases, corporate criminals have been able to protect themselves from conviction by hiding behind ...

Legislative priorities don’t include us

I don't understand why politicians controlling the Legislature are ignoring us.The people of this state have made abundantly clear that we want to increase funding to local schools after huge cuts, to better support social service programs and property tax relief.But instead of hearing us, ...

Hillary ‘most qualified’

Hillary, you go, girl.All this hype over her email accounts, personal or otherwise, is almost laughable. The other candidates know she is the most qualified candidate. Their goals are to demean and discredit her in any way. Did she give away any security secrets? No.Let's vote for quality and ...

Don’t forget East Juniata

Why does it seem like every road in Altoona has been paved and repaved, but every road in East Juniata needs paved?The road in front of my house was so bad the city just closed it off. East Juniata pay their share of taxes. I know my taxes are substantially more than friends I know in Altoona ...

Education’s high cost must be addressed

Republican lawmakers should contemplate more collectively, rather than individually, when considering President Obama's plan to provide a free community college education to students who are eligible.College-educated adults greatly support the economy because their skills bring much more than ...

Gaysport residents on ‘wrong side of tracks’

I lived in Philadelphia, Miss., in 1976-77.Philadelphia is divided by railroad tracks. The whites lived then, and still do, on one side of the tracks, while the blacks live on the other.All the beautiful churches and antebellum mansions, the seats of power and government, the doctors, lawyers ...

‘Nuclear Contract’ puts US at risk

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently announced that Iran is testing its nuclear bomb trigger at one of their military sites.As a nuclear engineer and former consultant for the IAEA, I know that the trigger is not a switch that detonates the bomb, but is like a nuclear bomb ...

Kentucky clerk a bad example

In America, I've been hearing a lot about the sanctity of marriage.However, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce and 30 to 60 percent of individuals cheat on their spouses.Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who's refusing marriage licenses to same sex couples, has to look at the sanctity of ...

Facts must replace sentimentality

Do you really think Bishop Mark L. Bartchak wants to close two Catholic elementary schools in Altoona? No, he doesn't want to close them; they have to close because it is the only option.If the five Catholic elementary schools are not consolidated, in two years all five elementary schools will ...

Thompson needs to get on board

Back in 1991, folks in Jefferson County fought vigorously when Concord Resource Management announced plans to build an incinerator in Clarion County to our west.We knew that air and water quality in north central Pennsylvania were then and still are important, so this August when the president ...

Blame Republicans, not Wolf, for budget

After seeing the cartoon in last Sunday's editorial section depicting Gov. Tom Wolf as being unbending in this year's budget negotiations, I'm wondering why the Republican-controlled state Legislature is not pictured instead of the governor.Having read what the Republicans want to do this year, ...

Crack down on gun laws

I am extremely concerned about the increasingly frequent occurrence of firearms falling into the wrong hands, especially those of children, as reported in the Sept. 11 story, "Police: Boy shot his half-brother in neck."I believe that there should be harsher punishments for those who violate gun ...

Give Wright his wish

Enough is enough.I am sick and tired of hearing the name William Wright. If you remember Thanksgiving Day 1998, he got a gun and went to James Mowery's house.Mowery ran upstairs and hid in a closet. Wright went upstairs, opened the door and shot Mowery to death while Mowery begged for his life ...

School closings fuel suspicions

I took the Mirror poll concerning closing area Catholic schools, so here is what I have to say: St. John's has a waiting list - yes, a waiting list.Lie No. 1: Open discussions were held.Lie No. 2: That first meeting was a joke from the beginning as the proposal was laid out, with no discussion, ...

Wrong message

Would a sane person aid his well-known and hateful enemy to purchase weapons that would kill himself, his wife and family, his community and his country?Eugene M. Smith Sr.Hopewell

Reverend should wear priest attire

Recently, the Rev. George Nedeff of Wood County, W.Va. has requested approval to wear his priest attire while teaching in a public school.This decision could affect public display of religion.To this date, there is not a national law prohibiting one to wear articles of clothing or jewelry in ...

Handouts to rich are discouraging

I find it interesting that Lenny Metz wants to stop the handouts.Welfare, SNAP, WIC and other programs for the poor cost a taxpayer about $36 a year total. Welfare to corporations cost hundreds of dollars a year.For example, why do we pay billions of dollars in subsidies each year to Koch ...

Random searches need probable cause

Recently, I read a letter in the opinion section of the Mirror.The author believes we need random searches of buildings in the Altoona area and claims to routinely drive behind motorists that are under the influence and mentioned that 200 people could have died in the recent fire downtown.Let's ...