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Letters to the Editor

Reassessment was never going to be fair

Blair County reassessment process is not fair, but what did homeowners expect? After 58 years of neglecting the reassessment process, the county can ill afford to make the effort to make this a fair process. Think about it. Property values are so out of whack after 58 years of guessing what ...

Real Trump will emerge

There are many words that come to mind with the election of Donald Trump — embarrassed, shocked, worried, astonished and just plain wrong. His campaign was full of hateful rhetoric, his behavior anything but Presidential. And now we’re supposed to forget all about his racist comments, his ...

Cleaning waterways

As a concerned citizen of central Pennsylvania, it has come to my attention that some things concerning our town could be improved within the environment. While researching for a geography project at Penn State, I recently have come across deforestation issues in the Philippines that are ...

Seniors enjoy AAHS visit

Once again the senior citizens spent an enjoyable evening with the AAHS students. We want to thank the students who made sure we had everything we needed. Also, thanks to the high school bands and the people who prepared the food, the ones who served it and anyone else who was involved in ...

Address ‘barbaric’ puppy mill industry

We have a tremendous crisis in this country that needs immediate attention. “Lifer” is the apt term used to describe female dogs kept in puppy mills, sentenced to an existence of continual pregnancy to produce the cash crop of puppies sold in pet shops across the country. These lifers ...

Memo to city, county: ‘Enough is enough’

I have read so much about the Blair County reassessment. And I hear the commissioners say about the citizens who didn’t file an appeal must be pleased with the results. Did they ever think about the seniors or the poor who just didn’t have the money to file an appeal? And now you have ...

Election leaves educators confused

As the stunning upset by Donald Trump sinks in, one group feeling perplexed consists of those sophisticated professors who teach students across our universities. They are confused as to how the candidate who ran up a laundry list of offensive statements was not soundly defeated by his ...

Act of generosity warms shopper’s heart

I awoke on a recent morning and wondered if what had occurred to me was a dream. I had gone grocery shopping recently at Aldi’s. After picking up a number of items, I proceeded to the checkout. While awaiting my turn, I noticed that the customer in front of me was a young, attractive ...

Democrats get their payback

How sweet Donald Trump’s spectacular victory to be elected president is. Not only was it stunningly spectacular for him, but it was the majority of the voters of Pennsylvania that delivered the last 20 Electoral College votes he needed to get 274 electoral votes to win the election. The ...

Election leaves reader ‘despondent’

It’s a gloomy and rainy post-election day morning here in Blair County. The electorate chose Donald Trump to be their next president, a man who seems deeply flawed to me. But then it occurred to me — I should be happy. I’m happy that I’m not Muslim, I’m not gay, I’m not black ...

Criminal statute, sadly, is dying

I held my breath, I prayed waiting diligently for the justice thousands, along with me, are due and will now go on waiting. Once again, the criminal Statute of Limitations on sex crimes against children will die. Once again, we have been systematically raped and mentally abused by a system ...

At Van Zandt Center, every day is Vets Day

Every year on Veterans Day, we reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of those men and women who have worn the cloth of this great nation. Countless ceremonies take place around the country as we honor our patriots who have protected our liberty by serving in the United States armed ...

On freedom, there’s no room for compromise

Recently the Mirror published an article which speaks about a South Carolina High School prohibiting the displaying of the American flag at a football game, lest it offend the opposing team. How outrageous. When did we become such timid mice that the idea of offending someone with our ...

Reassessment process champions unfairness

I read with interest the half-page advertisement that appeared in the Nov. 3 issue of the Mirror entitled “County Commissioners betray the public” submitted by Blair County Citizens for Accurate Reassessment. Having been involved in the reassessment process, I can verify the facts as ...

RECLAIM act needs Shuster’s support

The proposed RECLAIM Act is a win-win for Pennsylvania. This grassroots-inspired legislation will authorize a $1 billion disbursement from the Abandoned Mine Lands Trust Fund to put displaced workers back to work reclaiming abandoned mine sites. The communities in District 9 need ...

Better engineering needed to chart radar

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. Radar fails the Daubert Test used ...

Reassessment policy lacking fairness

Hollidaysburg Borough: Where is the fair treatment to your citizens when you only trigger assessment for sales of 15 percent or higher based on a new sale? What about the majority who have assessments that are too high and should be lowered? This policy should apply both ways to be ...

Local employers can aid those with autism

The number of persons diagnosed with autism and other disabilities is steadily rising. Children with these challenges are enrolled in special education programs and allowed to remain in school until age 21. In their high school years, they participate in the transition process for post-high ...

Settlement for McQueary excessive

Give me a break. Awarding Mike McQueary some $7.3 million is a joke. This money will not fall from the sky as some juriors apparently believe. Since Penn State is a state school, I can only guess it will be a tax burden or tuition increase to fund. What college retains a coaching staff ...

Right approach to restoring courthouse

This letter is in response to John Boors’ recent letter to the Mirror regarding the needed ceiling work in Courtroom 2 of the County’s historic courthouse. I agree with Boors that the ceiling should not be painted. It is not a smart financial decision. The current estimated cost for ...