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Opinion

Moderate Republican has measured response

Letters to the Editor

There have been recent opinions written to the editorial page of the Mirror asking the question, “Where are the moderate Republicans?” These viewpoints voiced by Democrats suggest and I quote, “Where have all the open minded, compassionate, educated and truth seeking Republicans ...

Fireworks revisions a slow go

Editorials

The main point emerging from the Sept. 24 hearing by the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee regarding the state’s current fireworks rules was that significant modification of those rules isn’t likely to be a quick, easy exercise. It’s reasonable to speculate ...

Democrats out to hurt country

Letters to the Editor

I was listening to the news where Democrats want to impeach our president for something Joe Biden actually did, and Biden bragged about it. Also while listening to the news, the media asked college students what they thought of our president, and it seemed to me that many of them didn’t ...

Kids on Kettle Road walking in danger

Letters to the Editor

I live in Sinking Valley, 7.5 miles from Burger King. Kettle Road is very busy. Recently, I’ve noticed Amish children walking at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. They are off the road somewhat, but it could be better. It appears some landowner refuses to let children walk to school on his property. ...

Ruskin Drive solution: Raise the speed limit

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the alleged speeding on Ruskin Drive, the obvious question was never asked. If the majority of drivers are exceeding 25 mph, why is the speed limit not being raised to reflect this? Speed limits are supposed to be set to the 85th percentile speed of the road. If most people ...

Support taxpayer friendly candidates

Letters to the Editor

I am a homeowner and an alumna of the Hollidaysburg Area School District. Now, as a new mother, I have a strong interest in the future of the school district. A neighboring school district has made headlines with the construction of a new and expensive school. This structure is very costly ...

Five recommended for Hollidaysburg seats

Letters to the Editor

Most of us give little thought to who sits on the school board. Elections like the one on Nov. 5 seem inconsequential, especially to those with no children in school, but having a school district with a good reputation benefits everyone. The value of your home is in part determined by a ...

Peck and King for Superior Court

Letters to the Editor

The chance to vote for two additional judges to the superior court is coming this November. Unlike most elections, we will not get an opportunity like this to vote on the judges again. In fact, this may not happen again for another 10 years in which Pennsylvani­ans will simply vote on ...

Webster, Erb best represent taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

The election for Blair County commissioner will of great importance. Amy Webster, Bruce Erb will represent the taxpayers. The appeals board will finally be made to follow the laws pertaining to real-estate property appeals. The current commissioners need to fire those now on this board or ...

SFU walk sends vital messages

Editorials

The powerful messages emanating from the two-hour walk by Saint Francis University students and faculty on Sept. 25 extend beyond trying to prevent suicides. Heeding the messages that the student-faculty walk delivered could have the additional effect of saving lives under different ...

Peck, King qualified for Pa. Superior Court

Letters to the Editor

Please join me in voting for Christylee Peck and Megan King for the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Nov. 5. They are experienced and highly qualified jurists who will uphold the rule of law and the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions. Judge Peck has been on the Court of Common Pleas in ...

Hollidaysburg should re-elect Kaneshiki

Letters to the Editor

Re-elect school director Lois Kaneshiki on Nov. 5. Students and taxpayers alike in the Hollidaysburg Area School District will benefit from her passion for sound education underpinned by her grasp of fiscal discipline. Kaneshiki is prepared to address concern over the number of HASD ...

Don’t equate violence with mental illness

Letters to the Editor

I must take exception to Frank Kauffman’s recent letter equating violence with mental illness. Violence, be it gun violence or any other violence, is not about mental illness. It is about hate, anger and rage, something we see in abundance in the USA in the year 2019. Please check the ...

Geis has background to be Altoona mayor

Letters to the Editor

This letter is written as a letter of support for the candidacy of Mark Geis to be the next mayor of the City of Altoona. I have known Geis all my life and attest to the fact that he has the personal attributes and skills, as well as the experience, to be an excellent mayor. Geis ...

McCaffery has concern for Hollidaysburg Area

Letters to the Editor

As a resident of the Hollidaysburg Area School District, I would like to recommend Tom McCaffery for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. McCaffery, a parent and grandparent himself, realizes how important a safe school with good academic standards is to parents, to students and to the ...

Cleanup efforts important

Editorials

Cleanup efforts, whether like the one held in Altoona on Sept. 21 or the spring cleanups held annually in Blair County and throughout the region, usually result in news coverage focusing on the volunteers who devote their time to improving the appearance of the landscape. As part of that ...

Second Amendment is not negotiable

Letters to the Editor

If the Democratic party does, as some have threatened, treat gun control as a political bargaining chip by attaching such measures to something of considerably less significance than the constitutionally guaranteed right in the Second Amendment, they should be ashamed of themselves. This ...

Choose school board candidates carefully

Letters to the Editor

Recently, during selection of a new AP science textbook, a Hollidaysburg Area School Board member objected to the science department’s recommendation. She based her objection on supposed bias toward the science of climate change and renewable energy. She based her ideas on psuedoscience ...

Turiano cares about community’s future

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing to express my support of Josh Turiano for Altoona Area School Board. Like me, Turiano is a life-long resident of Altoona and a graduate of AAHS. He has a young child just entering school. He understands the families in this school district, regardless of their family’s income ...

Cresson Legion grateful for new legislation

Letters to the Editor

The American Legion membership eligibility requirements have changed. Prior to July 30, 2019, a veteran had to have served on active duty during one of the designated “war” periods designated by Congress to qualify for membership in the American Legion. Unfortunately, this barred ...