Letters to the Editor

Website creating political sham

This may seem like a trivial matter, but nothing is too trivial for the progressive, politically correct mind to create, especially with a website.Of course, they are counting on an ignorant, apathetic and biased citizenry to get this approved by an equally ignorant, apathetic and biased ...

Local political leadership lacking

As a lifelong member of the Altoona area, as well as being 65 years of age, I've seen and heard a lot of local politicians come and go.By nature and logic, being from such a Republican area, I should also support the Republican Party.I don't and cannot because the three representatives we ...

Tips on tracking gas

To accurately measure miles per gallon in a vehicle, it is a good idea to fill up the fuel tank before beginning a test.Do not run fuel out onto the ground, but stop when you can see the fuel in the filler tube near the top. Zero the odometer or somehow measure actual miles traveled on the trip ...

York state senator has Eichelberger’s back

I am responding to your June 10 article titled 'Eichelberger targets teachers' emails'.I am writing to applaud Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and urge his constituents to support him in his efforts. My office has also received hundreds of emails similar to those that Eichelberger referenced in ...

Salvation Army clients ‘not living off taxpayers’

In a letter to the editor on June 13, Francy Eckels of Altoona writes that transients living off the taxpayers at The Salvation Army should get off their butts and pull weeds and pick up trash along the streets of Altoona. This is due to the fact there is not city pride.I would just like to ...

Teachers overstepped during work hours

In the June 10 Mirror, the headline said "Eichelberger targets teachers' emails."After reading the story, it appears that he has received many emails from employed teachers that were sent during their school's work day.The Mirror quotes Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., as saying "Using ...

Finally, responsible pension reform

The Morrison Cove Blair County Republican Club commends prime bill sponsor, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and his fellow Senate Republicans, for supporting and passing Senate Bill 1, a common sense public pension reform measure.Unlike the wasteful plan of Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate Bill 1 represents ...

Finally, responsible pension reform

The Morrison Cove Blair County Republican Club commends prime bill sponsor, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and his fellow Senate Republicans, for supporting and passing Senate Bill 1, a common sense public pension reform measure.Unlike the wasteful plan of Gov. Tom Wolf, Senate Bill 1 represents ...

Asclepias family needs protection

Two summers ago, I spoke with a man at a store parking lot in Logan Township, just off I-99.He had just harvested about 100 bright orange-flowered butterfly plants, asclepias tuberosa, from the grass strips along I-99. This was for a church function, he told me.Without realizing it, he had ...

Forum to focus on environment

As mother and grandmother, I envision eternal life as children, grandchildren, and all children and grandchildren of future generations, inseparable from our life supporting planet earth.There is no mystery to the joys and pleasures experienced in the unfolding and blossoming of life. It is all ...

Eichelberger’s attitude shortchanging teachers

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.'s unrelenting attacks on public school teachers are borderline obscene.Perhaps he attacks public school teachers because they do not have vast financial resources to contribute to his campaign.Perhaps his own personal life has made him biased against public school ...

Religious Freedom Act needs some changes

Concerning the International Religious Freedom Act (IRF), I sent our Pennsylvania senators, U.S. Sens. Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey, proposed amendments to this act in March 2005, and again, in March 2015. I have yet to get a response from either office.Did I really expect to get a real reply ...

Lawmakers should say no to Senate Bill 1

I have been a mechanic supervisor at Erie County PennDOT for 15 years.During that time, I have never missed a payment into my pension. Unfortunately, during that same time, state legislators have ignored their responsibility to pay into the pension system.Now, legislators want to alter the ...

Eichelberger off base

The Mirror's May 10 front page article, "Eichelberger targets teachers' emails" depicts much more about the senator's values and ethics than about the educators'.His lack of respect for our state educators is never more evident than when he attacks them, then sums up their viable concerns in a ...

Misplaced priorities

Pennsylvania ranks number five in the nation in the corruption sweepstakes.Our legislators have been receiving jail time one after the other, and Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. is worried about teachers sending emails?The "good old boys" stick together and don't say a bad word about one another. ...

Protect drinking water

Canoe Creek is a great spot for fishing year-round.The nearby lake, wetlands, mature forests and fields provide the preferred landscape for migrating birds and other wildlife.With trails winding through the many habitats, Canoe Creek's shores also provide much enjoyment for hikers.It's great ...

Eichelberger proving he has vendetta

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, has launched a personal crusade to discipline public school teachers, through their school districts' superintendents, for wasting taxpayer funds by using school equipment and time to send personal emails to their elected legislators.Maybe someone should ...

Eichelberger lives in glass house

In the interest of full disclosure, I wish to begin this letter by stating that I am a teacher.It is a well-known fact that our local senator, John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, despises the teaching profession in general and teachers in particular.He has made his feelings well known on many ...

Senator bullies those who disagree with him

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, is using his position and taxpayer dollars to intimidate and bully voters who disagree with him.Recently, Eichelberger printed out emails he received from teachers who oppose him. He mailed copies to the superintendents and board members of said ...

Seniors appreciate more park benches

As a senior citizen with limited mobility, I would find it nice to see more benches close to stores.Waiting on a bus, senior citizen van or other transportation for any length of time can be painful.This limits me to where I can shop, and I would like to be able to try other stores, if more ...