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Letters to the Editor

Diocese must work with its parishes

I want to thank Bishop Mark Bartchak for addressing the important task of keeping Catholic schools open.Special congratulations to the three schools that won the ability to stay open and lease their facilities. It is only fair that since the bishop agreed that these facilities belong to the ...

Mental illness must be addressed

Another day, another mass murder from a deranged shooter, so now the headlines scream "Gunman hits six."Well, we have Ronald Reagan to thank. The people who commit these heinous crimes aren't "normal" people. They are sick and should be placed in mental hospitals to get proper care.But, no - ...

Preserve right to bear arms

I am deeply worried about the attempts to take the Second Amendment right out of the U.S. Constitution (the right to bear arms).Not only am I a member of the National Rifle Association, I am a U.S. citizen. Not only is the Second Amendment important, there are plenty of copy cats out ...

Vatican should reconsider finances

The current controversy over closing a number of local Catholic schools is interesting to me since part of the reason is monetary. My question is three-fold:1. What is the total net cost of the Vatican maintaining its status as a foreign country?2. Why is it necessary for the Roman Catholic ...

Big insurance integrity lacking

Recently our medical emergency companies have been having difficulties with insurance companies short-paying their bills.On a good day, they pay 80 percent of their bill. This revenue shortage is causing these companies to go out of business, resulting in a loss of services that jeopardizes the ...

Strangling future with regulation

Government pretends it's the cause of progress. Then it strangles innovation.We know government understands that new technologies are important. The military invests in robots and traffic cops use radar guns. But when the rest of us use robots or fly drones, government gets eager to put rules ...

Clinton waging war on whites

Hillary Clinton is sweeping the Democratic primaries across the South by capturing nearly all of the black votes - a staggering 86 percent in South Carolina. She's doing it with poisonous lies designed to stoke racial resentment. Clinton routinely tells blacks they are the victims of "systemic ...

Volunteerism thriving in Hollidaysburg

I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to two very important organizations in Hollidaysburg: Friends of the Hollidaysburg Area Library (FHAL) and the Hollidaysburg Area Women's Club (HAWC).FHAL has been raising funds and recruiting support for the Hollidaysburg Library since the early 1980s.This ...

Lee would be proud of local performance

Recently, I attended the ACT premiere of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the stage play adapted from Harper Lee's beloved Pulitzer Prize winning novel.How sad that we learned this amazing author passed away soon after the premiere.ACT's production adds another jewel to its crown of ...

Letters to the Editor

Results of Shuster work 'are all around us'While the familiar politics of a busy and divisive presidential campaign take center-stage, it is easy to overlook the work of our trusted conservative congressman, Rep. Bill Shuster.Shuster works hard on our behalf rather than seeking the ...

Blair Sewer Authority rates ‘too aggressive’

After dealing with an internal error by the Blair Township Water and Sewer Authority that it has since apologized for, I have come to the realization how aggressive the township is when it comes to past-due accounts.Here is the current policy:Thirty days past due equals 48 hour shut-off ...

‘Hypocritical’ GOP wants only its choice

It is the constitutional duty of the president to nominate someone to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.Fearing the president's nominee will be liberal or moderate and will thus restore balance to a presently right-wing court, most Republicans are trying to impose their ideology on the court despite ...

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 ...