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Letters to the Editor

Ickes is right fit for city council

Jesse Ickes will make a fine member of Altoona City Council. I’ve known Ickes for years, and I know his commitment to our community and his willingness to be hands-on when it comes to working for our community. Ickes is a unifier and strives to bring people together — something that ...

Socialism is not what’s spreading hatred

Everyone and their brother are now experts on socialism and warn us repeatedly that America is on the verge of a socialist takeover. Why? Well, it is due to the fact that a couple of people claiming to be socialists were elected to serve in the capitalist’s government. Do these people ...

Blame mental health, not Trump, for violence

Reading the Sept. 10 rant by Elizabeth Shade deserves swift response. Once again Shade posts an opinion without facts and deems her rhetoric factual. So let me clear up her glaring misgivings: Mental health is the issue for these mass shootings. No one in their right mind would casually ...

Ickes, Carper would be vote for Altoona future

Nov. 5 is the general election in Blair County. I’m voting for Jesse Ickes and Joe Carper for Altoona City Council. I’ve known both gentlemen for several years and have worked with them on various projects, and I find their attention to detail and commitment to our community to be of ...

Where are the moderate Republicans?

In a popular song from the 1960s, Peter, Paul and Mary ask the listener,”Where have all the flowers gone?” For those of you who don’t remember (or who weren’t even born yet), it was a song challenging people to rise up against what was happening in society then and challenging ...

Heights board needs to hear constituents

The majority of the Cambria Heights School Board are postponing the restoration of the high school pool; and time is money. Letting it sit empty costs the district transportation fees for swimmers. Keeping it closed to the students restricts a life saving curriculum from implementation. ...

New PSU parking much appreciated

I have been a Penn State season ticket holder for 49 years, so I’ve experienced the good, the bad and the ugly, both on and off the field, while attending more than 300 games. Despite the tone of recent Altoona Mirror articles and social media postings, I would like to applaud the ...

AASD board members setting bad example

I felt compelled to write this letter concerning the actions of the three Altoona Area School members — Ed Kreuz, Ron Johnston and Sharon Bream — who walked out of a training presentation. Why did these three members leave? Because, in my view, their previous votes were in the minority ...

Recommending five for Hollidaysburg board

As the parent of two Hollidaysburg Area School District students, I know how important it is to have a school board that understands the importance of a K-12 education that prepares our children for the future and that respects its students and faculty. The board members must operate without ...

Vote for candidate, not straight ticket

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that allow straight ticket (party) voting. A total of 54 percent of Blair county voters choose this option. While it simplifies voting, it reinforces party affiliation as the driving force behind your vote. Elections such as judicial contests would ...

Ickes would serve city council well

I’m supporting Jesse Ickes for Altoona City Council. I’ve gotten to know him and have worked with him through our church and have witnessed him take on leadership roles within our church. Ickes is dedicated to his profession, his family and his faith. He’s exactly the leader that ...

Greenhouse gas emissions need cut

I am writing to express my concern about the imminent threat climate change poses to our world, our country and our children’s future. More than 2,000 scientists contributing to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) agree that climate change is occurring much faster than ...

Norfolk Southern shows its greed

It was disappointing to read the recent news about Norfolk Southern laying off 100 workers at the Juniata Locomotive Shop. I’m sure the Norfolk Southern PR people will call it “right sizing.” Got to keep Wall Street happy. It was enlightening, however, to read the 2018 Norfolk ...

Altoona needs to be more ‘business-friendly’

The population of Altoona in the 1930 census was 82,000. The 2017 population estimate was 44,000. The population has decreased since that 1930 census. What will the 2020 census reveal? Some have observed that Altoona is just not business-friendly. There are just too many hoops and too much ...

Ryan trying to take from PA seniors

State Rep. Frank Ryan, a Republican from Lebanon County, has proposed House Bill-13, which is a good number for its potential. He wants to replace our Pennsylvania school tax with revenue from a new tax on retirement income and local sales and personal income taxes. Ryan defines taxable ...

Honest communication is missing from politics

A couple of my children get agitated with me because they say I live in the past too much. But most of my generation is like that. There were a lot of simple, decent times then. Life really is simple; it is certain people who have made it more dramatic than is necessary. There really is ...

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 ...