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Letters to the Editor

Planned Parenthood must be defunded

My letter is to express utter disdain regarding Planned Parenthood’s sinister ways to siphon off/channel our tax dollars for its efforts in the destruction of the little ones in the womb, by abortion. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and others of their stripe utilize their power ...

Beam, Erb have put partisan politics aside

As loyal fans of the Altoona Curve, it would have been unfortunate had the franchise owners been forced to pull out due to a lack of maintenance funds for PNG Field. The arrangement that was negotiated to allow some of the funds from the hotel tax in the county to go to stadium maintenance ...

Keep Bream, Johnston on Altoona board

Sharon Bream and Ron Johnston are two terrific individuals who have proven their integrity, fiscal conservatism, and care for our students as members of the Altoona Area School Board. They are properly representing our community by opposing the new high school building project and seeking to ...

Hate, not mental illness, fueling mass killings

Propaganda has been used throughout history to make people believe something is true when it is not, or not true when it is. Now, President Trump is using propaganda to say all who commit mass murder with high powered weapons are mentally ill. In a letter to the Mirror last month, writer ...

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 ...