Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Blame Wolf for lack of new state budget

Some of what Donald Trump is saying has sunk into my brain, and that's not a bad thing.Take, for instance, the word "loser," a term I've never really used until now. It's a little like pornography, hard to define but easy to recognize. I now know when it fits to call someone a loser.Take ...

Sestak vs. Toomey? It’s not a contest

I read a newspaper article about Admiral Joe Sestak's recent visit to Johnstown to talk about small business policy.Sestak, the former Vice Chairman of the House Small Business Committee, rightly points out that Pennsylvania has had half the small business growth rate as 30 years ago, yet small ...

Length of traffic lights makes you see red

Frustration while waiting for traffic lights seems more common every year.Red lights are too long, green and yellow lights are too short; these seem to cause more discussion among vehicle operators who I talk with each year.I have learned that these issues can be controlled by organizations ...

Taxation overshadowing our representation

If you live in your own home, stop listening to propaganda from Harrisburg about cutting property taxes.No legislator, including Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. or Rep. John McGinnis, will ever give us real tax relief. They may give us a small reduction. Then, Blair County commissioners or ...

State gov’t responsible for pension crisis

There is a $63 billion unfunded liability in the state pension plans, due to the state's refusal to pay its full amount of actual contributions since 2005.This is the single largest reason for the dire straits of the state's two pension plans.In 2001, state lawmakers, Democrats and Republicans ...

Don’t be fooled: Trump not best candidate

Donald Trump is not what this country needs.It is disheartening to see so many residents of Blair County actually supporting this pathetic excuse of a presidential candidate.The man is obviously delusional and extremely racist toward the Mexican community (and who knows how many more ethnic ...

Cross-country trip, coverage insulting

I was shocked - shocked - at the Mirror's callous four-column front-page photo display on July 28 of support for cruelty to animals.That ego-driven idiot forcing his team of mules to endure walking 900 miles of paved highway to "shake hands with vets" should be sued by every humane society in ...

Faithful feature

I want to express my gratitude and admiration to the Mirror for always having a small section in every edition of your newspaper called "Meditation."It's a great comfort to me that there are still those who are brave enough to express their religious Christian views in public.Roberta ...

Clearing up some misconceptions

As one of the original founding members of the Blair County Tea Party, I feel it is necessary to correct assertions made in Steven Lloyd's letter from July 25.The tea party movement originated from George W. Bush's bank bailout in 2008, an anti-corporate welfare movement. The tea party gained ...

Rose Hill care long overdue

I recently made a grueling 14-hour car ride from my home in Atlanta to your beautiful state.However, I must add that it was for a rather somber occasion. My grandmother passed.This lovely lady was born and raised in Altoona, had a family, lived life to the fullest. It was at her and my late ...

Working folks in minority

On July 20, there were two good articles in the Mirror.One had to do with SSI and welfare. It is out of hand. Then you add the 278,000 WIC people, and they all get food stamps. Working people are out-numbered, plus the food banks want us to help stock their shelves for them, too.They get ...

Examine windfall by ‘wealthy fat cats’

Look out, folks. It's coming, the greatest economic stimulus of our time - the influx of bribe money from the political superpacs backing most of the Republican candidates (multiply by more than a dozen) and, to a lesser extent, the Democratic hopefuls.The Supreme Court, in their folly, or even ...

Eichelberger all wrong

I am repulsed by Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr.'s attitude towards teachers.My daughter is a teacher, and I see first-hand all the work involved in educating our children.There are many days when my daughter is working on school materials late into the evening. Trying to take sick days from them ...

Trump following code ‘of self promotion’

I am writing to express my deep distress and offense taken to comments recently offered by presidential candidate Donald Trump at a forum in Iowa.Trump suggested that John McCain was not a war hero because he was captured."I like people who weren't captured," Trump said.Sen. McCain is widely ...

Fred E. Hale Sr.

Fred E. Hale Sr., 76, Altoona, passed away Tuesday at UPMC Altoona after an extended illness.He was born in Altoona, son of the late Charles and Margaret (Walls) Hale. He was twice married, first to Vivian Gailey; she preceded him in death in 1976. He then married Martha Sprankle, and she died ...

Vickie E. Grazier

Vickie E. Grazier, 68, Bellwood, died unexpectedly Monday at UPMC Altoona.She was born in Maryland, daughter of the late Ross O. and Alice Marjorie (Zimmerman) Schmidt. She married Jerry M. Grazier on June 28, 1969, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bellwood.Surviving are her husband; a ...