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Garvey earned honor

June 13, 2014 Having been a volunteer for the last three years at Garvey Manor, I have personally been impressed with the excellent care and respect given to the residents by each and every employee. more »»

Let public make choice

June 13, 2014 The City Council’s proposal to lease the Altoona Water Authority and its holdings is a short-sighted solution with long-term detrimental consequences to the citizens and communities the authority... more »»

Lease report inaccurate

June 13, 2014 The Altoona Mirror reported that it would be difficult for the Altoona Water Authority to meet the criteria on the lease for rate cap controls. more »»

Take care of pets

June 12, 2014 More and more, we see pets being abandoned or turned into strays. There should be more laws and restrictions when it comes to the owning and responsibility of pets. more »»

VA hospital lauded

June 12, 2014 Though deplorable conditions are being uncovered in VA hospitals across the nation, my father’s recent experience with the Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona has been nothing but positive. more »»

Fight illegal drugs for the community

June 11, 2014 You just found out that your son or daughter was dealing/doing drugs. more »»

Offer help to abused

June 10, 2014 Every year, more than 3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States, involving more than 6 million children (some cases have multiple children). more »»

Don’t text and drive

June 9, 2014 Is that winky face worth it? Is that text message worth your life or that of loved ones? Five thousand people die each year from car accidents caused by texting. more »»

Rap lyrics obscene

June 9, 2014 Since the 2000s, lyrics to many rap songs are becoming more and more disrespectful. A lot of raps that have been coming out have bad language and talk about sex, drugs and money. more »»

Politicians chastised

June 9, 2014 Will the Benghazi tragedy which resulted in the deaths of four Americans ever be “put to rest”? Probably not until the Republicans get what they want — their own president of the United States. more »»

Stop beating war drum

June 8, 2014 A letter by William Snyder Jr. (May 15) said President Barack Obama and America had no backbone. Obama didn’t do anything about Syria, Iran or Ukraine. more »»

Provide college aid so everyone can go

June 7, 2014 Everyone knows that college tuition is expensive, but how many of you have actually looked at prices and let it sink in? How many of you have actually realized the severity of these prices? When yo... more »»

What’s with gas prices around the region

June 7, 2014 I would like to know who controls the gasoline prices in Blair County. Is it controlled by a big corporation or what? Prices in Bedford for the last four weeks were 20 cents less than Blair County. more »»

‘Paycheck Protection Act’ undermines unions

June 6, 2014 I’m writing in response to the recent letter regarding the “Paycheck Protection Act” written by Christi Waltz of East Freedom. more »»

Socialist education, socialist medicine

June 6, 2014 “The school is bullying kids into lower classes,” notes Beth Hemenway, quoted by an Altoona Mirror reporter. more »»

Spring Cove decision sends wrong message

June 5, 2014 I was very disappointed to hear of the school board’s decision to prohibit exchange students from participating in graduation ceremonies. more »»

Pot perception a myth

June 5, 2014 Due to the legalization of medical marijuana, over the past several years, there has been a decline in the perception of harm around this drug. more »»

Local VA center a gem

June 5, 2014 In the summer of 1985, I moved to Bedford with my wife and three children. I immediately joined the Van Zandt VA Center in Altoona. more »»

Misleading letter shows anti-union bias

June 4, 2014 On Thursday May 22, we were treated to a plethora of cherry-picked statistics and regurgitated talking points by Cristi Waltz, president of the Morrison Cove Blair County Republican Club. more »»

Enforce bus safety laws

June 4, 2014 Attention drivers: I have noticed that over the years school bus driving laws have gone by the wayside. These laws need to be re-enforced and listed for drivers to know and use. more »»

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