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Letters to the Editor

Hollidaysburg concert deserves curtain call

I just got home from a delightful Christmas concert by the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus and Hollidaysburg Community Children’s Chorus on Sunday, Dec. 8. Sandy Harteis, director, had another awesome concert. The first half of the concert is a lovely cantata by composer and arranger Joel ...

Never stop appreciating contribution of veterans

In 1941, America came under attack, and the “Greatest American Generation” to ever live came to our defense with their unselfish heart to protect and defend their families and our way of life. Pilots flew missions knowing their plane did not have enough fuel to make the return flight. ...

President was right to defend Navy SEAL

This is in response to Richard Parker’s recent letter on President Donald Trump. I read the vitriolic letter, and it seems all Parker does is complain about the duly elected president. We in uniform don’t tolerate being toyed with as in the case of Navy SEAL CPO Ed Gallagher. It’s ...

Keep aging relatives in mind over holidays

During the holiday season, many will struggle with increased feelings of loneliness — especially seniors, who spend more time alone than the average adult. According to Meals on Wheels America, one in four U.S. seniors live alone. Isolation can cause detrimental health issues, including ...

Criticism of Trump has been over top

I have read three letters to the editor recently, two from Duncansville and now one from Loretto, all of which have the same thing in common. They are extremely anti-Trump and contain no facts, just their opinions that appear to come directly from the Democratic party line. Here are some ...

‘May God bless the greatest generation’

Today is the 75th anniversary of the start of The Battle of the Bulge. Called “the greatest American battle of the war” by Winston Churchill, the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes region of Belgium was Adolf Hitler’s last major offensive in World War II against the western front. ...

Downtown traffic worth studying

We feel that the message of the Mirror’s editorial on Dec. 6 missed the mark. It characterized the study goal as one to “trap” traffic in downtown in an effort to increase revitalization efforts. That is simply not the case. The goal is to examine traffic flows in and out of the city ...

Criticism of Trump’s crudeness hypocritical

This letter is my opinion of those who write about President Donald Trump’s crudeness. Who are the people padding rappers’ pockets when all they know to extreme and crude vulgarity? Who watches music award shows where the latest winners sing their lyrics that praise Satan and demean ...

Cartoon anything but humorous

Does the Mirror really think the Altoona citizens are so ignorant that they would look at your cartoon from Nov. 23 regarding Ambassador Yovanovitch and find it amusing? That cartoon shows what an embarrassment the organization Americans for limited government is. Yovanovitch is a true ...

Vindman deserved more support from Joyce, GOP

Shame, shame, shame on the Republicans. On Veteran’s Day, we all call those servicemen who served in Iraq, heroes. But when Lt. Col, Vindman testified at the recent hearings, the Republicans did everything they could to smear his name and reputation. Shame on the veterans organizations ...

Wolf lacks sensitivity for Down syndrome

Gov. Tom Wolf recently vetoed a bill passed by a majority of the state legislature, including both the House and Senate. All local representatives voted for this bill, which would have prohibited an abortion based upon the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Two years ago, Wolf vetoed a bill ...

Army Corps of Engineers has shown transparency

A recent letter written to the Mirror needs to be challenged. Janet Chambers, a former resident of Huntingdon County, and specifically Hesston and Raystown area, is expressing her opinion that we should support another access to the lake. There are many hidden facts to her opinion. Does ...

Adults should be setting example on cell phones

What are we thinking when we give our 7-year-old a cell phone? It’s only the beginning of major family problems. At first, the reason is so we can keep in touch in case of emergencies or that a friend has one, and you don’t want your child to be without. These are good intentions that ...

Sadly, we’ve become nation of ‘no-shows’

When I was a child and my parents discovered that I had broken the rules, my mother would call for me. I knew I had done something wrong, so I’d make myself scarce. I had a childhood friend who was monkeying with the telephone. He called the fire company and the fire trucks came screaming ...

Kelchner contributed to local rail history

A recent obituary in the Altoona Mirror noted the passing of George Kelchner Jr. A little-known fact is his contribution to Altoona’s history. Back around 1965, Kelchner headed the Blair County Tourist & Convention Bureau. This was at a time when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ...

Keep lake development in designated areas

I support the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the revised master plan for Raystown Lake. I supported the groups opposed to the northeastern shore development. I do not understand the ongoing support for re-designation and development for a private group with adjacent parcels when there are ...

Boating at Raystown already overcrowded

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the correct decision in designating Hawn’s Peninsula and adjacent Terrace Mountain at Raystown Lake as an Environmentally Sensitive Area, Vegetative Management and Wildlife Management. Seventy-five percent of public comments during the Master Plan ...

Punish offenders, not Catholic Church

What is the goal of extending the sex abuse window? Is it to punish the Catholic Church? Perhaps to leave it in bankruptcy? I agree with punishing offenders. But extending this window does not hit the nail on the head. Let’s look at the story in a different light: Say that the ...

Trump’s track record makes him hard to trust

As I scan all the letters to the editor and the replies posted on the Mirror’s website, I often get distressed. The divisions that exist are so clearly on display that it is at times troubling. Regardless, one of the things I see are individuals arguing about policy issues — taxes, jobs, ...

Grant will help save water supply

Congratulations to the Altoona Water Authority on its success in obtaining a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grant to acquire 2,000-plus acres to protect our water supply. This will preserve a large area of watershed land around Kittanning Run, which is now a non-useable, ...