Letters to the Editor

Support diplomacy in dealing with Iran

The Iran deal is a testament to the power of diplomacy.Today the world can celebrate the release of U.S. prisoners from Iranian jails and the dramatic shrinkage of Iran's nuclear program, preventing the risk of a nuclear-armed Iran and another war in the Middle East.While Iran's quick release ...

Gov. Wolf must end ‘political games’

I felt compelled to write this letter in order to clear up any remaining confusion about the 2015-16 state budget, which was signed into law on Dec. 29.That's right; we have a budget currently in place.Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf chose to veto certain areas of the budget before he signed it that ...

Check facts on Shuster

Before the next avalanche of Rep. Bill Shuster's campaign material begins, voters must remember to check the facts.Two years ago, after being challenged by Art Halvorson, our representative received (unwelcomed, I'm sure) national attention in Huffingtonpost.com's article titled, "The Biggest ...

Vandalism heartbreaking

To the low life person or persons who stole the Christmas tree and train from my dad's grave at Alto Reste, I want you to consider this:Every time you look at that train, know you broke the heart of a daughter who just wanted her dad to enjoy Christmas as he always did.He always had trains ...

Nutcracker perfect start to Christmas

There was an oversight in the Dec. 4 Go edition of the Mirror regarding the Allegheny Ballet Nutcracker article.I would like to recognize the other two dancers in main roles, who were not recognized in the article.Kaylie Hutzell of Hollidaysburg shared the role of "Sugar Plum Fairy" with fellow ...

Gov., reps should be out

Only in the United States can a person get paid for six months' work but not do any. That's our government.If our representatives worked anywhere else, they would have been fired. I think they all should be fired, and that includes the governor.They were all elected or hired to do a job, and ...

Health care not GOP priority

The Republican House and Senate majorities recently voted one more time to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Once again, they did so without including a plan to replace it.They performed this useless exercise again, as an example of what they would do if they win the White House. By not replacing ...

Editorial blows wind in wrong direction

The Mirror editorial ("Solar, wind fuels cost taxpayers") in the Tuesday, Jan. 5 edition really hit the mark - if you intended to display your ignorance of how American Democracy works as dictated by the Constitution of the United States.The president cannot make laws. He cannot create any ...

Brew company adds to downtown potential

I must applaud Matt Winrick, owner of Railroad City Brewing Company, for doing something that a lot of business owners need to look at.Railroad City is in the final stages of opening a brew pub in downtown Altoona.On a much smaller scale, the downtown area has the potential to grow into ...

Elect Halvorson

Another primary congressional election is approaching and leading up to the election, Bill Shuster will brag about how conservative he is.His record shows he is not a fiscal conservative. He was one of the biggest supporters of earmarks and he wants to bring them back.There are a couple of ...

Christmas spirit

My cousin and I were at King's Restaurant on Sierra Drive on Dec. 24.We had stopped there for breakfast before finishing our Christmas shopping. When we were finished, the manager came over to our table and told us that a "Secret Santa" had paid for our meals.I have always said that the people ...

Republican ‘smoke, mirrors’ to blame

Today, Pennsylvania faces a crossroads.We all know our commonwealth has a massive structural deficit after years of Republican budgets built on gimmicks. It's time to face the facts and get our fiscal house in order.Instead of passing a fiscally sound budget and finishing the work they were ...

Police officers earn their day of recognition

Each day, 780,000 police officers across our country put on a badge and go to work knowing they may face dangerous situations."A policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity," recites broadcaster Paul Harvey in his narration titled, ...

Sandusky one reason pension system’s broken

I find it extremely hard to believe that Jerry Sandusky has been awarded his pension plus interest of $211,000 plus $4,900 a month. This is ridiculous.The things he did and was convicted of doing to boys who are grown men now certainly do not entitle him to any compensation.The state says he ...

Nursing center’s care above and beyond

When you think of nursing homes, for some reason death comes to mind.I just got discharged from The Center for Nursing Care at 1020 Green Ave.I was unable to care for myself at home. I was treated so well, the nurses were so good to me even though they had so many others to care for.Also, the ...

Grateful for warmth of Christmas spirit

We had a very unusual day while shopping a few days before Christmas.First, we were in a local department store, when a young lady approached us. She held a card out to me and said she just wanted to wish us a Merry Christmas.In the card, she had written Merry Christmas and a great year to ...

Appreciate kindness of a gentleman

I received my first act of kindness this Christmas Eve.My thanks to the gentleman at the Dollar Tree for purchasing my order. He said because he had a cart full of things, he wanted to thank me for my patience as I stood in line behind him, but I believe it was because he had the gift of ...

Be cautious when driving in the fog

I would like to know if the people with daytime running lights are aware that the lights on the rear end of their vehicle are not on.With all of the fog we have seen in the last few weeks, I have come close to rear-ending a car because the back lights are not on, just the driving lights.Have a ...

Legislature threatening education’s future

Despite Pennsylvania's budget stalemate approaching half a year, at least one local politician continues to focus his energies instead on attacking teachers, public schools and the pensions of stateemployees.Senator John Eichelberger endorsed legislation that not only crushes the pension system ...

Combat bad gov’t at the ballot box

In the Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 editions of the Mirror, there were more opinions regarding the Second Amendment.The Second Amendment, like any historical document, is subject to interpretation. Ten people will come away with 10 different meanings.As far as government, it has been slowly and subtly ...