Letters to the Editor

Educational experience soured Eichelberger

I honestly feel sorry for Senator John H. Eichelberger Jr. for a number of reasons.First and foremost is the fact that he doesn't get it. How can an elected member of the legislative body not understand that it was his colleagues and constituents that voted on and passed the pension regulations ...

Three area cemeteries need major attention

I am responding to the article on Fairview Cemetery.This has been a growing subject for many years. There are three cemeteries here in our area that one day will be in total disrepair in years to come.It was just in the news with Oak Ridge. We then go back to Fairview, and now we need to add ...

Christian lacking in Catholic schools

I have recently been involved in the meeting giving the results for consolidation of local Catholic elementary schools.The analytical "dollars only approach" is a poor example of an approach.The middle school model loses the sense of community, and the parent involvement and volunteerism will ...

City code enforcement lagging in its duties

I went to the City of Altoona's website to search for the disposition of an abandoned house in my neighborhood.I opened the link for code and inspections, and further opened the "Unresolved property maintenance with summary citations issued" link.Here is what I found: All listings were from ...

Mirror deserving

The Altoona Mirror news and sports staff award winners deserve congratulations.The Mirror is unique in that it thoroughly covers local news and keeps readers up to date on important Pennsylvania, United States and world news.It is a worthy newspaper.Nancy BehrendtAltoona

Fix the real problem

Why are we spending all that money on that guard rail (I call them death spikes) on I-99 when all of our bridges need work?Benjamin J. JohnstonAltoona

America’s freedoms very much at risk

How sound are our freedoms here in the United States of America?We the people are under great stress and being tested with regard to our core values.The foundation of this great nation was formed by great men of integrity, and yet today, these values and laws are being questioned as being ...

‘Don’t shoot first and think later’

Why is everybody so afraid of the NRA? It seems they run this country, not the people.Altoona is bringing itself into compliance with preemption law, carrying and discharging firearms in city parks and recreational facilities.Remember this when you take your children to a park to play: If a gun ...

Ban all animals, not just elephants, at circus

With regard to the circus elephants being abused, kudos to the local news on this matter, making the public aware that it is not only the elephants, but all the animals that are trained by the circus with such unethical treatment.If a baby elephant is born under these circumstances, it is taken ...

After divorce, share parenting

More than one-third of our nation's states are taking steps toward allowing more children to grow up with both parents in their lives when parents split, and now is the time for Pennsylvania to join this crucial movement.At a time when nearly 20 states are considering shared parenting ...

Gov., Legislature must accept pension reality

It's that time of year when public schools and also the state finalize their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. As usual, many schools come up short of money.What to do or where to cut?Enter Tom Wolf and his "tax the heck out of everything and everybody" plan, promising pie in the sky, ...

Theater long overdue

What's wrong with the new theater?I am writing this letter in response to Elizabeth K. Shade's May 28 letter, "Why another theater?"My question: Why not? Has she been to the two Carmike Theaters lately? Both are severely outdated and are not in good condition.It is a shame that people go out of ...

Mental help available

I'd like to add support to the May 31 (Life) article "Lovato the face of mental health campaign."The National Alliance on Mental Illness has several outreach programs people can find out about at www.nami.org and 800-950-NAMI.Ok2Talk is a good place to start talking with other young adults ...

Santorum? Please

Look up the word arrogance in the dictionary. One of the definitions you will find should be a picture of Rick Santorum.He was handily voted out of the Senate because of his arrogance and incompetence. Now, once again, he is running for president. Are you kidding me?That's like being fired from ...

Awareness, advocates needed to fight disease

The Alzheimer's Association estimates there are more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and 15.7 million Alzheimer's caregivers.That includes more than one million people with a diagnosis and their care partners right here in Pennsylvania.In addition to being the sixth ...

Perfect hosts

Once again, the senior citizens of the area enjoyed a great evening of dancing, hosted by the Altoona Area High School students.We also enjoyed good food, good music and just getting together with friends. Thanks to the bands, the people who prepared the food, the students who made sure we had ...

Fairview Cemetery needs more attention

On May 18, we visited Fairview Cemetery to place flowers on grave sites of my grandparents, great-grandparents and uncles as we have done for years.From the time I was a kid, we always did this by Memorial Day.What a shame: Each year, the cemetery seems to become more in disarray. This year the ...

Dodson deserves kudos

I am writing to express my appreciation for Joe Dodson, Hollidaysburg Borough Council Member, Hollidaysburg Area Public Library Board of Directors member, Hollidaysburg American Legion Post 516 commander and all-around enthusiastic advocate for the Hollidaysburg Area community.I know that ...

Our money makes strange bedfellows

Last year, I submitted a letter to the Mirror asking, "Who does Bill Shuster represent?"To have said then that Rep. Shuster was "in bed" with the lobbyists would have been a crass characterization of his relationship with the transportation industry.To say it today would be a simple statement ...

Representation lacks

Kudos to Kathleen Taylor for her well-written letter (April 14) exposing the lack of knowledge and the dislike of state Rep. John McGinnis and state Sen. John H. Eichelberger, Jr., toward unions.They are a true example of the lack of value of unions in our country and their distaste for the ...