Opinion

World’s powers must unite against genocide

Letters to the Editor

The U.N. reports that more than 400,000 have died over the past six years in Syria. The Syrian Network for Human Rights estimates the number of children dead at 24,000. In the recent sarin gas attack against its own people the Syrian government killed 87, including 21 children. President ...

Republicans have short memories

Letters to the Editor

Prior to and since the November election, I have read/enjoyed many pro and con communications on the Mirror’s Opinion page. My opinion is “to each their own.” I am a Democrat and have voted a straight ticket for many years. As a person, now retired, I was employed from age 17 ...

Pre-K investments worthwhile

Opinion

Blair County is our home, and we love it. The scenery is lush. Our industries helped shape a nation. The people are generous and full of community spirit. With all these blessings, opportunity abounds, but not for everyone. Too many of our young children have been denied the chance to enjoy ...

AG audit concern for state

Editorials

Last Tuesday, shareholders of Wells Fargo & Co., still reeling from a widespread sales-practices scandal, dealt the bank’s directors what the Wall Street Journal described as a “stinging rebuke rarely seen in corporate elections.” Pennsylvania residents, who in fact are shareholders ...

Science can provide important evidence

Letters to the Editor

Got polio? Neither do I. This was one of the many signs I saw at the March for Science on April 22. My family and I participated in the march in State College, which was a sister march to the larger one in Washington, D.C. It was well attended, and participants peacefully showed their ...

Waltz has vision for prothonotary

Letters to the Editor

I’ve known Cristi Waltz for a few years now, but I’ve known her husband since we were just little kids. That’s certainly not why I’m voting for her; that would just be ridiculous. Far too often that is the reason someone gets elected. Let’s elect officials that are qualified and ...

Waltz best choice for prothonotary

Letters to the Editor

Cristi Waltz is the finest choice for Blair County prothonotary. She is eminently well qualified, prolific, exacting, credentialed, experienced and a highly dependable professional with years of experience as a notary in assisting individuals with precise document processing work. Waltz ...

Snooping on citizens a concern

Editorials

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of ...

Numbers don’t add up on Altoona project

Letters to the Editor

The Altoona Area School Board seems intent on spending millions of dollars on a new building, about $88 million. What really are the taxpayers going to receive for that hefty investment? Another new building in the most traffic congested area of town. The building will not make better, more ...

Don’t underestimate power of voting

Letters to the Editor

Why you should vote: It is frustrating to cast a vote because you think an individual will work to achieve things that benefit you and your community then to realize that person is working for his own purposes not yours. His influence can even be harmful to you. You may conclude that your ...

Consiglio helped calm crash victim

Letters to the Editor

In 2009, I was involved in a serious crash. I was a freshman at Penn State and loving life. I was with my roommates when our car was struck at a high rate of speed by a man driving without headlights. One girl was killed, one girl was near death for weeks, one girl was thrown from the ...

Irwin would make fair, firm decisions

Letters to the Editor

My husband, Joseph Moran, was elected to the former Magisterial District 24-1-01 at the same time as the retiring Todd Kelly, in the election of 1980. My husband served honorably in that position for 28 years. I am in the unique position to understand the demands and qualifications that ...

Waltz understands prothonotary role

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing this letter to publicly endorse Cristi Waltz for Blair County prothonotary. Waltz has been a close friend of mine and my family’s for more than 30 years. In that time, she has proven to be a dedicated intelligent and hard-working woman to whatever task she has chosen to ...

McClure was wrongly exploited

Letters to the Editor

Samuel McClure is the most qualified candidate for sheriff. He has experience as an Army MP and with multiple departments for extended periods of time, serving honorably and maintaining a disciplinary-free record his entire career. Alongside my mom for 25 years, he has raised us (his ...

Frein sentence, sadly, won’t bring closure

Editorials

Killer Eric Frein’s sentence of death by lethal injection is the punishment he deserves. Actually, a death sentence by any means would be appropriate. Frein killed one Pennsylvania state trooper and left another permanently disabled during a nighttime ambush Sept. 12, 2014, at the Blooming ...

Reducing voting age would be a mistake

Letters to the Editor

The opinion article in the April 23 edition advocates that the voting age be lowered to 17. Lowering the voting age from 18 to 17 years of age is not the right thing to do. The article states that younger people are more informed now. I disagree with that position. Mark Twain, the ...

Polito has long shown integrity and honesty

Letters to the Editor

I have ready many letters endorsing various candidates for magisterial district judge. I can speak to attorney Curt A. Polito’s merits from working with him for several years. At the time, we worked at the former W. S. Lee & Sons Inc., I was the CFO and Polito was a financial ...

Blattenberger can fill Ormsby’s ‘large shoes’

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Andrew Blattenberger for district magistrate. I have had the privilege of knowing Blattenberger and his family for most of my life and have witnessed his dedication and commitment to bettering our community. He has dedicated his life, both professional and ...

Waltz has shown ‘extraordinary’ level

Letters to the Editor

I recommend that Blair County elect Cristi Waltz for prothonotary. Working side-by-side with Waltz on the Blair County Republican Committee, I have seen her extraordinary level of commitment and leadership to her community. She has a unique way of finding common ground when issues ...

Dick’s background enhances candidacy

Letters to the Editor

This is a letter in support of Cindy Dick, candidate for Blair County prothonotary. I have known Dick for four decades and recognize she comes highly recommended with 32 years of related experience translating into the knowledge and skill set required to conduct the duties of office of ...