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Letters to the Editor

Only military should use assault weapons

It seems as though Sen. Rick Scott, President Donald Trump and others have the same solution to all the mass shootings in the U.S. They want to blame these shootings on people with mental health issues. My question is, has anyone, anywhere, done any investigative research into the lives of ...

Singing can help keep everyone stimulated

Has the enjoyment died? Is it just me, or has the joy of singing in a group died around Altoona? It used to be that just about anywhere you went people could be heard singing. There were singing groups everywhere. There were church choirs that were well attended and clubs that had their own ...

Ickes, Carper deserve seats on city council

I write to express my support for Jesse Ickes and Joe Carper for Altoona City Council. As a current member of council, I can attest to the time commitment that’s needed to be an active and engaged member of council. I’ve known Ickes for several years. His background in finance will ...

Just how far does Eldorado extend?

I was born, raised and have lived in Eldorado for 87 years. When I was a young fellow, I was told the boundary for Eldorado started at Sixth Avenue and 49th Street and extended south to the city line, across the branch railroad tracks. It started in the area now occupied by Electric Motor ...

America’s gun culture is what needs changing

Another weekend, another mass shooting. Once again a place that we normally think of as safe and ordinary has become the scene of death and injury. With every incident, the response is predictable. First we get “thoughts and prayers,” then talk about mental health and violent video ...

Climate change: We can all take action together

I’ve dedicated decades to my work as an environmental educator. My favorite program is planting trees with students in Altoona neighborhood FEMA buy-out sites and Tyrone’s rain garden. I was thrilled to see these young heroes take action against local flooding. Though retired, I still ...

Aging Altoona tree prepares for final day

Editor’s Note: Nancy Collins of Altoona wrote the following about a tree at her house that she must take down at her own expense to repair the sidewalks: “Hi, I am a maple tree that grows on a street in Altoona. I have seen a lot in my 50-some years. Neighbors come and go, cars and trucks ...

City Council can’t ignore ICE

A complaint during a recent City Council meeting brought renewed attention to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement armory in Altoona. Although public comment was intense, council members generally did not respond. The complaint follows ICE raids across four Mississippi poultry ...

Letter on firearms contradicts itself

The Aug. 26 letter by Mark Herbert Townsend requires a rebuttal. First, it is historically factual that firearms have undergone improvements from the day they were invented. Even the men who wrote our constitution saw significant changes while fighting for the freedom we now enjoy, which ...

State should keep care centers open

State should keep care centers open This is in response to the Mirror story last week, “State to close two care centers.” Right now we as taxpayers are doing the right thing for the care of the most fragile of our citizens — the profoundly mentally disabled. The main reason why ...

‘Team effort’ leaves lasting impression

For eight weeks this summer, the city of Altoona was blessed by young people from many different states. The program was called “Team Effort.” Every week, a different group of young people paid their own way to come here on a mission trip, to help folks in this area with needed projects ...

Good Samaritans come to the rescue

Earlier this month, my husband and I were shopping at Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. We were there to shop at two different stores. I had set my walker on the sidewalk, but when I went to step up to the walker, I lost my balance and fell flat on my back. The only injury was to my ...

State shouldn’t take more from its seniors

It is about time legislators take a look at the unfair school property tax that has been burdening Pennsylvania residents forever. Now all of a sudden, State Rep. Frank Ryan is offering a proposal to stop the practice of school districts using our homes as collateral to support school ...

Quakers share ‘deep concern’ for immigrants

For almost 371 years, The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone.” No exceptions. Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world during and after World Wars I and II and worked to ...

Quakers share ‘deep concern’ for immigrants

For almost 371 years, The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone.” No exceptions. Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world during and after World Wars I and II and worked ...

Civilians should not need semi-automatic weapons

Just think of when the Second Amendment was written. Americans were fighting Indian tribes, English soldiers and loyalists to control the colonies. Families were slaughtered so everyone, even children, needed to use a gun. It was survival in the wilderness. We needed a gun for protection ...

Act of generosity will be remembered

Imagine a dad school clothes shopping with two kids — a daughter in a wheelchair with a broken leg who wasn’t able to try anything on and a son who had his own ideas about what he wanted to wear. Now imagine, after all the size checking and price checking was done, going to the register ...

Environmental concerns are vital

I am concerned about the destructive effects of petroleum-based fuels to run our machines. We have already raised the temperature two degrees Celsius on the average in the USA, especially near the Northwestern border near Canada. And every day millions of people turn over their vehicles’ ...

Democrats can only blame themselves

I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump because one was worse than the other. However, it was the conservative Democratic voters, along with the Democratic voters that hated liberal Hillary Clinton, who were responsible for Trump’s victory. No matter who the liberal Democrats ...

Cambria Heights must work to save its pool

Only we can save our Cambria Heights pool. The threat to remove this resource from our students and community is one that we, as a community, must come together over. It is rare to have such an asset outside the county seat or city, in a rural area. Our pool facilities are praised by ...