Letters to the Editor

Parents need to impart faith to their children

As the time nears for the children to return to school, many parents wish that Bible reading and prayer would be reinstated in the schools. I wish that, too, but only as a way to reinforce what they have already received at home. Giving our children a faith to live by is the most important ...

Oil, gas industry lacking protection

Last week, “bare minimum” protections to public health and the environment from the impacts of shale gas development in Pennsylvania got another shearing thanks to a lawsuit by Marcellus Shale Coalition, a nonprofit of oil and gas companies purporting to be “good neighbors.” In 2018, ...

PA must slow down process for parolees

The Pennsylvania General Assembly must hold hearings to determine the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s parole system after an Associated Press report recently found six homicides allegedly committed by five Pennsylvania parolees in two months. The report also found 93 murders were committed ...

Trump’s record on race should speak for itself

So I see the Mirror published another letter bashing President Donald Trump by a person claiming he is a racist. Let’s look: Lowest black and hispanic unemployment ever, 40 percent higher growth than President Barack Obama, and Obama had the advantage of low employment, black wages and ...

Gov’t should focus on alcohol, tobacco

So much attention has been given of the cost to society due to the opioid epidemic. The reality is tobacco and alcohol do many times the cost to health care, work lost, divided families and people injured and killed in vehicle accidents. You don’t see the government banning or severely ...

Motorcyclists at risk to distracted drivers

I have complained before about texting and driving and the injury and death toll that it takes on motorcyclists in the United States every year. After watching a recent TV interview with a woman who was involved in a minor injury by being hit by someone driving while texting, the interview ...

Annoying robo calls must be put to stop

I don’t know how anyone else feels about robo calls, but I am tired of the harassment. The caller in question came up with a local number from Verizon, and I answered. It was a sweet young voice, talking on a recording about a credit card and reducing the interest rate, which doesn’t ...

Altoona students should be assessed

Am I to understand that students do not pay to park in school district parking lots? There should be a yearly fee of $50 to $100 per year for a student to use these lots. These lots must be maintained and the taxpayer should not be billed for these services. Taxpayers pay for student ...

‘In God We Trust’ good step for city

Hats off to local veterinarian Matt Stachmus’s request to affix “In God We Trust” decals on city vehicles. Here’s someone who stands up for what we citizens agree with and want. This world is in the shape it is because some people would like “God” to be taken out of everything. ...

Opposition of ‘squad’ isn’t tied to racism

People who complain that our president and his supporters are being racists are very misinformed and perpetuate a very false, divisive and negative narrative, based on rhetoric and not facts. What sets us apart from the rest of the world is our Constitution, Bill of Rights and judicial ...

Trump represents American values

I am astounded that the writer from Centre Hall does not believe that President Donald Trump represents American values. I believe he does. How often is the statement made (or thought) about people critical of the United States are free to leave? Please, give the evidence for Trump’s ...

Ward working for the people

In November 2018, I discovered I had a problem regarding an issue with the Pennsyl­va­nia government. I didn’t know where to turn for help but, fortunately, I was directed to Sen. Judy Ward’s office. Ward didn’t hesitate and helped me through eight months of resolving the problem. Her ...

Only time can undo Trump’s damage

There are over a half million illegal immigrants in the U.S. from Europe, with approximately 50,000 in New York alone. Why don’t we ever hear about them? Have any of them been put in cages? Have any of their children been separated from them? I think not, and the reason would be that the ...

Trump administration destroys all that’s good

President Donald Trump questioned the patriotism of four U.S. Representatives and accused them of hating this country because they dared to criticize his policies. I believe patriotism is honoring our country’s founding principles, while at the same time working to ensure that those ...

America still has battles it must win

Another Independence Day has come and gone. Flags were waved, firework displays were everywhere, picnics were held, beer was drunk and many swore their undying love for America. Meanwhile, there was a terrible earthquake in California, some poor souls were hit by lightning in South Carolina, ...

President doesn’t represent our values

On July 14, President Trump tweeted “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?” He was referring to four, non-white, female, American legislators, three of whom were born in America and one of whom is a naturalized American ...

Kind employees go above, beyond

I have a disabled daughter, and she has to have nursing care at night so I can sleep so I can go to work during the day. Recently, the night nurse was dropping off paper work across from the Walmart in Altoona and got a flat tire. The tire section of Walmart was closed, but the guys were ...

Building will trigger Altoona’s downfall

With the arrival of the latest Altoona Area School District tax bill, I can’t help but think back to Superintendent’s Charles Prijatelj speech that the tax increase will only be about $21 per home. Maybe $21 isn’t much to someone who is making a six-figure income off of the taxpayers’ ...

Trump isn’t as smart as he claims to be

President Donald Trump has led the American people to believe that he is a hugely successful businessman. Yet he is unwilling to disclose his tax returns, something every president and presidential candidate for nearly 50 years has done. Trump has told us that he is a “really smart ...

State must achieve internet equality

One reason the governor signed the no snow days bill into law was because it means no school makeup days in the spring. The downside is the fact that students without broadband access will still miss days of school since they cannot do assignments if teachers assign online homework during ...