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Letters to the Editor

Return Butterbaugh to City Council

I am writing in support of David Butterbaugh for re-election to the Altoona City Council. I served with Dave for ten years on City Council and found him to be genuinely concerned with our city and its residents. He has a fine record of fighting blight and supporting the development of our ...

Supplements won’t stop infection from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people questioning whether taking a variety of vitamins, including vitamins C, D, zinc, potassium and many others can keep them from getting sick. No studies are showing that taking these vitamins has any impact on preventing someone from getting COVID-19, ...

Pennsylvania needs fetal heartbeat law

I would like to commend state senators Judy Ward and Doug Matriano along with state representative Stephanie Borowicz for their well written piece titled, “Time to follow science, protect life.” An unborn child’s heart begins to beat within the first month of life. Everyone knows that ...

Expanded use of radar not in motorists’ best interest

Please contact your state representative, state senator, and the governor, and say to vote no on House Bill 606. Pennsylvania does not need municipal police radar and LIDAR, moving radar for the state police or more Philadelphia speed cameras. Speed limits are supposed to be set to the 85th ...

COVID-19 is really a global call to arms

After Dec. 7, 1941, our nation called upon its citizens to unite against differences, in a hope to defeat a foreign enemy and stop it from inflicting further damage on our soil. Millions of Americans answered this call. Men, women, and children knew that their individual sacrifices, no ...

Altoona YMCA ought to be repurposed

This is in response to the Mirror’s recent article on the former Altoona YMCA. Yes, it was a major building near downtown and a big part of many young people’s lives growing up in that section of our city. During the winter months, church basketball leagues were exciting and well ...

Rabbi’s view conflicts with Orthodox Jews

In response to Rabbi Audrey Korotkin’s commentary submitted by Planned Parenthood in the April 8 Mirror, I will not offer my opinion, only the opinion of Orthodox Jews. Conservative radio host Michael Medved, a Biblical, Orthodox Jew, states the law is clear. Orthodox Judaism “sanctions ...

Fast food rush fueling America’s obesity issue

According to the CDC, an estimated 42.5% of U.S. adults age 20 and over have obesity, including 9.0% with severe obesity, and another 31.1% who are overweight. Between 1960 and 1962, the CDC indicated that an estimated 31.5% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over were overweight, but only 13.4% ...

State must commit to nursing homes

It’s time for Pennsylvania state government to fairly fund long-term providers that care for thousands of older Pennsylvanians in nursing homes. Medicaid funding, which covers most of the costs of care, has been flatlined by the Wolf administration. After a year of being in the heart ...

Ellis best choice for City Council

The City of Altoona is fortunate to have Dave Ellis willing to serve on City Council. Ellis has an extensive background in law enforcement, including working as an Altoona police officer and as an investigator for the State Attorney General’s Office. He has a history of providing ...

GOP doesn’t help everyday workers

Help is here -— stimulus check, COVID-19 vaccine distribution, small business assistance, extended unemployment benefits, mortgage foreclosure delays, financial support to municipal authorities, schools, hospitals, etc. All this has been made possible with not one GOP vote. Not Sen. Pat ...

With union help, Biden will create jobs

In a recent political notebook in the Altoona Mirror, the writer almost got enough courage to say that President Biden’s infrastructure plan would create jobs locally , but instead suggested we would only see change locally. The hard fact is real manufacturing jobs have left Blair County ...

Ellis has background to serve city council

Altoona City Council speaks for the city residents. With the advent of change, a mandate exists ensuring the best interests of its people are held to a high level of performance by its members. I want a candidate who has devoted his life’s work to the betterment of the people of the ...

Gun users are being unfairly targeted

In response to Stephen LoRusso letter to the editor (“GOP priorities need adjusted”) on April 1, I sincerely hope this was an April Fool’s joke. He stated it was easier to purchase a gun than to vote. First of all, you need an ID to purchase a gun. Then a background check before you ...

As our world churns, what do we believe?

Wow, what a year it’s been. In early 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he didn’t believe this virus would be a serious problem, and face masks should not be worn and could be dangerous. The government agreed and said to follow the “science.” Well, the “science” turned on a dime ...

Joyce commentary hypocritical, insincere

I find Rep. John Joyce’s commentary in the Mirror’s March 27-28 edition of being on the same team as President Joe Biden for Pennsylvania jobs hypocritical and insincere. I suppose Joyce conceded that Biden is actually president of the United States when he said he went to “Biden’s ...

Resorts can be used to spur economy

This letter is in response to Stan Kotala’s recent letter, “Credit Army Corps of Engineers article.” I, too, have been a hunter for many years and understand the whole concept of preserving habitat for the flora and fauna and future generations. I think here in Pennsylvania we have ...

Republicans share blame for spending

In Bill Beck’s letter to the Mirror he cited wasted taxpayer money in the Democrats’ COVID-19 relief bill. Such as: * Sect 3036 — $50 million to Family Planning, which Beck said was for abortions. Check out everything Family Planning does for women and families. * Sect 1005 — $1 ...

Credit Army Corps for hearing feedback

In a win for wild places, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied plans for a proposed private resort on Hawn’s Peninsula at Raystown Lake. The final Raystown Lake Master Plan revision released on March 18 classifies Hawn’s Peninsula as an Environmentally Sensitive Area, thus leaving ...

Blair County vaccine progress troubling

The planners of Blair County discussed a large vaccine administration at the Blair County Convention Center on March 11. The vaccine has been available since December 2020. No information when this will happen. In the meantime, Mainline Pharmacy, a small rural pharmacy based out of ...