Letters to the Editor

Vote for Burke for your health

Laura Burke is the right choice for state representative. She believes that patient safety and the quality of care provided suffers when insurance companies (whether they be health insurance, car insurance, or workers compensation insurance companies) are allowed to dictate types of care, ...

Best would fight for environment

We need Emily Best in our state senate. She would fight the abuses of eminent domain. Many of us have seen the devastation the Mariner 2 East Pipeline has caused in our area and across our state. Waterways have been polluted, wells contaminated, land ruined and properties devalued. To ...

Kavanaugh bid will be regretted

Recently, while sacrilegiously dangling invisible crucifixes around their necks, 100 percent of America’s Christian Republican Congress seemed to be willingly complicit in misrepresenting the record and actions of their Supreme Court nominee. Many far-right conservatives are ...

Socialism is what we should embrace

In the Sept. 12 letter to the editor, the writer spoke about socialism leading us down the wrong path. After reading the article, I must assume he is just ill informed and not knowingly misleading the readers. He tries to link Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Democratic congressional ...

Mirror got it wrong about Trump hats

I’m addressing the issue of fake news printed by the news media about our president, Donald Trump. In mid-August, the Mirror printed a very lengthy letter to the editor, I am paraphrasing, how great they were at reporting facts and in being fair. They try in every example to make sure ...

Obama is wrong; Trump succeeding

Recently former President Barack Obama stated there are conspiracy theories about Benghazi. No, Mr. President — a U.S. ambassador being killed along with three others is not a conspiracy theory. His staff, along with Hillary Clinton, first attempted to blame it on a video. The biggest ...

Bishop Guilfoyle should change name

I have contemplated writing this letter for far too long. I believed the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese would be decent enough to address the issue. The name of Bishop Guilfoyle should be removed from the local Catholic high school. Guilfoyle himself was responsible for the sexual abuse ...

Congress must help protect SNAP program

Right as school let out in June, the House of Representatives took a vote that would make it harder for more than a million low-income families to put food on the table. They proposed draconian new requirements for SNAP (what we used to call “food stamps’’) in their version of the farm ...

Means to how we reach America’s goals matter

Bill Teufel, in his Sept. 10 letter to the editor, wonders “why all the national divisiveness when Americans want the same things.” I would agree with Teufel that most Americans do want good jobs, lower taxes, a safe America, global respect and respect for our military, veterans and ...

Why did CamTran cut senior service?

As a senior citizen, for years we were able to take a Cam­Tran bus to neighboring counties. I don’t understand why CamTran would all of a sudden stop going to Somerset, Bedford and Westmorland counties. For many seniors, they’ve take away their only option to travel outside of Cambria ...

Cambria reps strangely silent

Representative Frank Burns has made his position clear in the senior citizens’ dispute with CamTran, and I’m sure all the seniors are grateful. Where does every other elected official stand? Why haven’t other elected officials taken a position on the CamTran issue? One official did ...

Socialism leads us down a dark path

Alexandria Orcasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old who will likely be the next Congresswoman for New York’s 14th district, is a clear sign of which direction the Democratic Party is heading: Free stuff equals free votes. Among her many campaign promises, policies like free healthcare, free college ...

CamTran shouldn’t limit its service

I applaud the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging for recognizing just how devastating CamTran’s cuts are for seniors in our area. I appreciate their trying to compensate for CamTran’s callous decision. However, the Area Agency on Aging’s renting a 15-passenger van will never even come ...

Taking a stand against church

According to Webster’s Dictionary, abuse means to injure to damage. Abusive is characterized by wrong or improper use or action. These two words perfectly describe the reason why I left my former church. I did not abandon God, only the church. How long have we been hearing about priest ...

We should discuss our disagreement

There is a deep divide in our nation, with many disagreeing with the current administration’s agenda. But is there true disagreement? The vast majority of Americans want a good job, lower taxes, a safe America, global respect, respect for our military, veterans and nation, plus, there is ...

Cambria County silencing seniors

CamTran cut bus services that directly affect senior citizens, eliminating thousands of trips to neighboring counties. We’ve voiced complaints to the Cambria County commissioners, CamTran and its drivers, and everyone is passing the buck. A petition was started in the local senior centers ...

Wrong assumption to blame Democrats

I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Wendy Geesey titled “Elect those who will help to protect you.” Aside from the fact that the writer offers no evidence that Democrats support putting anyone in harm’s way, she appears to make false assumptions. The first is that ...

Diocese should still face many questions

There has been discussion about recent Pennsylvania Attorney General Grand Jury Report detailing sexual clergy abuse within six dioceses. This follows a similar report in Altoona-Johnstown Diocese released in 2016. Some people want to know more, but lack the knowledge of sources. Read ...

Do research before blaming immigrants

I have to wonder why Wendy Geesey did not honor the wishes of Mollie Tibbitts’ family in her hysterical and politically motivated rant blaming Democrats for Mollie Tibbetts’ death. The Tibbetts family in formal statements and her father in her eulogy specifically asked that their tragedy ...

Security clearances should be revoked

The revocation of John Brennan’s security clearance is long overdue. In fact, all of the former Obama administration officials who still have access to classified information should likewise immediately have their clearances revoked. I recently retired from the U.S. Army and had ...