Opinion

Farrell passed on an admirable legacy

Letters to the Editor

Like many in Altoona, we purchased our original televisions from Al Farrell, with Farrell’s TV. We are fortunate that Farrell became a long-time friend of ours. Over time, we met his granddaughter, Meghan, and have known her and her family for many years. We have found that Meghan has ...

Enabling pipelines shows a disregard for future

Letters to the Editor

The complacency of the public and enabling behaviors of elected officials toward the building of the Mariner East II Pipelines, gas powered electricity generation stations with subsequent dependency and enhanced addiction on fossil fuels, is a continuation of violating creation. Justifying ...

Steelers’ protest turned this fan off

Letters to the Editor

America, enough is enough. Honoring our country, our military, our flag and our anthem has nothing to do with politics, “who shot John” rhetorics, or any mindless ravings by individuals who don’t have the slightest idea what they’re blabbing about. There’s only one single issue. ...

Langerholc’s leadership noteworthy

Editorials

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker’s first term in office — whether in the Senate or House of Representatives — is a learning experience. Having no governmental seniority, freshman lawmakers generally spend much of their time just adhering to the opinions and wishes of their party ...

Courthouse project, Valley View saved money

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to Joe Wiedemer’s recent criticism of the current courthouse rehab project and the sale of the Valley View Nursing Home and apparently my role as principal proponent and commissioner manager of both. The courthouse rehab project will save the county in excess of ...

Students’ trip was sponsored, worthwhile

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to a Letter to the Editor submitted by Joe Maschue of Altoona and printed by the Mirror on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. As the Community Relations Director at AASD, I would like to respond to Maschue’s letter regarding AASD student travel to State College to attend the ...

Local ‘Wizard of Oz’ goes over rainbow

Letters to the Editor

Recently, a full house at the Mishler was “off to see the Wizard.” The P&J production of “The Wizard of Oz” brought us from Kansas to the Emerald City in a heart-warming performance. Superb acting, singing and dancing by the Scarecrow (Tony Demi), Tinman (Will Jones) and ...

Missed opportunity at Fort Roberdeau

Letters to the Editor

Thumbs up to the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association for hosting one of the state’s largest rifle frolics right here at the Altoona Rifle and Pistol Club. Shooters from the local area and from many other states were here to shoot muzzle loaders as well as shoot long bow archery and ...

Police mergers a viable option to retain safety

Editorials

The issue of whether municipalities without local police departments should be assessed a per-capita fee for coverage by the Pennsylvania State Police is on the front burner in Harrisburg again. That and other ideas regarding local-level police protection were discussed at a public hearing ...

Are we moving toward a private military?

Opinion

We’ve fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress? After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and — stayed. Afghanistan is now America’s longest war, ever. President Donald Trump’s solution? He’ll send several thousand more ...

‘I’m 101 and still faithful to the flag’

Opinion

The U.S. Marine Corps has a famous monument near Washington, D.C., of the flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific during World War II. Another flag-raising of WWII is not as well remembered: the one on Corregidor Island in the Philippine Islands. In the spring of 1942, the ...

Liberals should get on board

Editorials

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

Police radar results in many more errors

Letters to the Editor

Calling for municipal police radar is a pure cash cow. Speed limits are already underposted, and some bills allow tickets at 6 mph over the limit. Radar makes many errors, and if multiple vehicles are present, it cannot tell which one generated the reading, if any. Radar fails the Daubert ...

Youngster’s message spoke volumes

Letters to the Editor

Anyone who didn’t see the Altoona Mirror’s Community section on Oct. 15, (specifically Mirror Images), missed a message for all of us. Two-year old Pacey Brown was photographed during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Her dear face is shown with such solemnity, and her ...

Kreuz AASD’s ‘most sensible candidate’

Letters to the Editor

Think, think, think on Nov. 7. Vote, vote, vote for Edward Charles Kreuz Jr. He’s the most sensible candidate that the Altoona Area School District has had in decades. He will be a mastermind when it comes to spending our tax dollars. He’ll have the utmost respect for the ...

PLCB should expand its number of outlets

Letters to the Editor

Frustrated with the budget impasse, Gov. Tom Wolf recently offered several proposals as a way forward with the Pennsylvania legislature. Among those plans, the governor announced that the state would securitize profits from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Baord (PLCB) to raise $1.25 billion ...

Irwin has balanced her family, career

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in support of Meghan Irwin for magisterial district judge. I have known Irwin since she was a student in my third-grade class in Altoona. At that time, she was an inquisitive, spunky girl with a love for learning. Our paths have intertwined several times over the years. ...

Address Burns’ bill promptly

Editorials

Law-abiding Pennsylvania residents might ask “What’s not to like?” about a bill introduced by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria, aimed at stiffening penalties for attempting to flee police. They’re probably right, although some defense lawyers probably can point to situations where ...

For AWA, reckoning on horizon

Editorials

Sunday’s Mirror article “AWA behind on piping work” provided numerous troubling statistics related to the Altoona area water and sewer systems — thus the Altoona Water Authority — and alluded to the higher bills that customers might face in the years ahead. But that picture of ...

There’s no such thing as government money

Letters to the Editor

All money received from any government entity originates from the taxpayer. Every subsidy, allocation or budgetary line item comes directly or indirectly from taxes levied on tax-paying individuals and businesses. The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt. The state of ...