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Kaneshiki comments didn’t offend

May 26, 2016 I wish to add to the letter written by Maria Brandt (May 24, “School director wording offensive.”) Lois Kaneshiki did not in any way use the word retarded to describe a human being. more »»

‘Boring’ cartoon shot at history

May 26, 2016 As a small business owner interested in taking my children to sites such as Fort Roberdeau, I found the “Take it From the Tinkersons” Fort Boring cartoon insulting. more »»

Let club play music outside

May 26, 2016 The headline on the May 19 Cesare Battisti article should have read “People with vendetta against club not OK with changes. more »»

Life Skills students teach valuable lessons

May 25, 2016 I had the privilege to attend the graduation celebration for the Altoona Area High School Life Skills students. more »»

School director wording offensive

May 24, 2016 I am writing in reference to the May 19 apology by Hollidaysburg Area School Board member Lois Kaneshiki. Kaneshiki used the word “retarded” on a Facebook post. more »»

Masses are just a smokescreen

May 21, 2016 Sexual abuse is not only an event or an episode. More importantly, it is a traumatic event that has a life-long impact on individuals — their work, their relationships and their families. more »»

Donors should not face higher premiums

May 21, 2016 Many living organ donors today experience higher premiums or denial of insurance coverage based solely on their status as a donor. But hopefully not for long. more »»

Cambria center provides comfort

May 20, 2016 On Nov. 2, 2015, it was determined that my husband needed intensive skilled nursing care. At this time there were extremely limited options in Blair County for placement for him. more »»

Saint Mary’s hopes to be considered

May 19, 2016 I was amused to see my picture on the front page of the May 10 issue of the Mirror, showing me sharing my concerns with the Altoona Area School Board, and disappointed that your reporter did not... more »»

Marriage won’t solve pedophilia

May 18, 2016 Recently there have been several editorials expressing the opinion that if priests were allowed to marry, they would not resort to sexually abusing young boy. more »»

Hollidaysburg show hits the right note

May 18, 2016 I attended the 30-year anniversary show of the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus on Sunday. Sandy Harteis was the director. Her dad, mother and aunt were charter members of this group. more »»

State should follow NJ, Ohio lead on adoptees

May 17, 2016 A new law in New Jersey will give adult adoptees the right to get their original birth certificates as of Jan. 1, 2017. more »»

Memo to Trump: You’re not fooling us

May 17, 2016 Please send this message to Donald Trump. You are not a presidential person. You are a businessman and nothing more. more »»

Catholics must stand together against abuse

May 16, 2016 Bravo, George Foster. His candid open letter to Catholics was bold, blunt and necessary to blast the faithful out of passivity. It is an important question to ask what each Catholic will do. more »»

Story on jailed moms got too much exposure

May 14, 2016 Whoa, really? All you had for Sunday, Mother’s Day was a front-page article on mothers in prison. As a mother of four, I found this article very offensive. more »»

Reid concert deserved more Mirror coverage

May 14, 2016 Shame on you, Altoona Mirror, for all the more coverage you gave to our hometown boy, Mike Reid. The Mishler was packed. He put on a beautiful, funny, sentimental show. more »»

Blame drivers, not police, for chases

May 13, 2016 Point fingers where blame actually lies. A letter was printed by Robert Leonard of Altoona on May 6 blasting police for high-speed chases. more »»

Area now the ‘capital’ of child sexual abuse

May 13, 2016 President Barack Obama said we ignorantly cling to our guns and Bibles in Pennsylvania. Recent Pennsylvanians are more sophisticated. more »»

Nice that Reid stays in ‘Contact’

May 12, 2016 I just got home from a Mike Reid concert, and wow. It brought so many emotions home to me, including how much Altoona has affected a lot of us. Reid’s love for Altoona is heartwarming. more »»

Trump beats the alternative

May 12, 2016 Attention all Republicans who are not thrilled with Donald Trump being the GOP choice for president: Please do not stay away from the polls in Novembe. more »»

What Trump stands for is ‘Republic’s last hope’

May 11, 2016 Every media outlet and political party is on the bash Donald Trump train. Trump is bashed for wanting to invest in our military. more »»


Living History - WWII Revisited May 28, 2016

May 28 & 29 – “WORLD WAR II REVISITED Living History Bivouac” – WWII re-enactors bivouac on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Military Museum portraying field life in the European Theater of Operations, 1944-45. A small squad tactical demonstration against German opposition is scheduled for 12:45 p. more »

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Arts Festival and Some Southern Culture!

May 20, 2016 An arts festival tradition and a national recording group highlight this weekend’s slate of live area music activities. more »

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