Letters to the Editor

Sadly, terror has no age limit

A monster is a monster if he or she is 17 or 75.Once again, the Supreme Court has proven that they are the most liberal of Americans.Have you ever heard of so many teens killing their parents and grandparents?Take the three who escaped from a prison in California - the town where that prison is ...

Halvorson is ‘beacon of light’

America has been a beacon of light to the rest of the world for more than two centuries.But the hope of freedom for our families, our places of worship, our workplaces and our communities depends on how we handle freedom today.Think back to the Declaration of Independence: 1) "Self-evident ...

Divorce rules would cut infidelity

Referring to a letter written by Michael Gennarino ("Financial consideration shouldn't guide divorce," Feb. 17), I agree with his statement.Every case should go by the circumstances of the divorce. If he/she is cheating and the marriage dissolves, then there should not be spousal ...

Lower gas prices help fuel volunteerism

I wish to respond to the letter written by Nicole Kiser of Altoona which appeared in the Feb. 10 edition of the Altoona Mirror.Ms. Kiser states that "dropping the price of gas below $2 a gallon is not a good thing."Now, here is the rest of the story (or the other side of the coin if you ...

Reade residents deserve reduction

While the reduction in the base rate for Reade customers may be classified as a "gamble," so was the decision to raise both the base rate and water usage rate two years ago.That gamble was made to save the authority and was proposed by Jim Scott.Soon after, Scott, Barb Rickard and Chairman Tom ...

Trust in Halvorson has been all inclusive

I have seen Art Halvorson demonstrate commitment, wisdom, honesty and the ability to give guidance to those under his trust: his wife, his children, Coast Guardsmen under his command.Not only is Halvorson wise and able, but he is also faithful to his God, his wife, his family, his duty and his ...

Area needs change; support Pete Starr

Neither I nor Professionals Auto Body has ever been involved in politics.However, over the years I've become concerned as I see firsthand how some politicians work against the very people and businesses they should be helping in our community.An example of this type of politician is Rep. John ...

Valentine ‘angel’ makes woman’s day

My 86-year-old mother went to the Family Dollar Store on East 25th Avenue during the afternoon of Feb. 11.When going through the check-out line, she could not find her money in her purse.A young man behind her offered to pay for her items, but she told him she would go home and get the money ...

Beyond frustrated with Legislature

I am addressing this letter to the Legislature (both Houses), both sides of the aisle, and our governor.Just who do these people think they are?I, and the rest of the citizens of this great state, deserve better and am fed up and outraged with stubborn, self-centered, egotistical, disgraceful ...

Sowell makes his point well

Award-winning syndicated columnist Tom Sowell's column on "racial representation" is a must read.In it, he offers his opinion on whether the black race should be continuously complaining of how they are not equally representative in every phase of "what matters."He writes with ...

Remembering Lincoln, ‘my favorite president’

President Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, on Feb. 12, 1809.He lived in a one-room log cabin in New Salem, Illinois.He lived in poverty throughout his childhood. He was self-educated in his grammar, history, mathematics and law.Soon after that, he went to law school and became ...

Local legislators show arrogance

Rep. John McGinnis's recent characterization of Gov. Tom Wolf and his budget as "insolent" brings to mind another word - arrogant.Arrogant describes McGinnis's insistence that he will not vote for any budget that does not contain his items. Doesn't that sound rather childish?Sen. John H. ...

Shuster isn’t conservative enough

Endorsements are not always what they appear to be.I recently received a political mailing from Rep. Bill Shuster stating that he is supported by Congressman Mark Meadows from North Carolina.Heritage Action for America, the political advocacy arm of the Heritage Foundation, has as its purpose ...

More businesses should offer student discounts

More businesses in Altoona should consider giving discounts to Penn State Altoona students with the presence of their student ID because it will boost their sales.Penn State Altoona students help the city of Altoona grow economically, and, therefore, they deserve student discounts.Most college ...

Statistics support raising legal smoking age

I agree with the Washington Observer-Reporter's piece, published in the Mirror, on pushing for the increase of the legal smoking age to 21.The Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee of experts concluded that raising the minimum age of legal access for tobacco products to 21 would significantly ...

Financial consideration shouldn’t guide divorce

I believe it is time for a change to the severely outdated laws regarding divorce and spousal support/alimony pendente lite.When a couple divorces for mutual reasons, then there should be an equal split of the marital assets period.When a couple divorces due to the proven infidelity of one of ...

FAIRtax program needs implemented

We've heard it all before. Most of the presidential candidates promise us, "We're going to reform taxes."Some flat-tax enthusiasts even promise us, "I'm going to get rid of the IRS."Both promises will never happen. If you "reform" the current income tax plan with a flat tax plan, you end up ...

Keeping an eye on Obama’s future

President Obama has sold out Israel in the past, and especially with the Iranian so-called nuclear deal, and has otherwise ignored Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.I should imagine Obama continues to "think ahead," and by pushing the Jewish state aside he has begun campaigning for the ...

Canoe Creek project a community asset

Rails to Trails of Central PA would like to thank PennDOT District 9, Blair County commissioners and Frankstown Township supervisors for their recent financial commitments to make the Canoe Creek Connector project a reality.This project will connect two great community assets with a safe and ...

‘Proactive policing’ being taken too far

In the article written by Lauren Handley regarding underage drinking off-campus at Penn State Altoona, police claim that since the beginning of the semester, parties have restarted and the drug and alcohol culture is in full swing.As an active member of the party community, I find this article ...