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Letters to the Editor

Assistance sought to restore memorial

This is to current and former residents of 12th Ward and all who would like to help the Central Pennsylvania National Guard Veteran’s Association honor the 1,000 residents whose names had been inscribed on the memorial at Pine Avenue and 28th Street. We need your financial support to ...

Protests vs. Trump won’t stop soon

There was a quote in the Jan. 26 edition of the Mirror from President Donald Trump, who said, “There are millions of (fraudulent) votes, in my opinion. Of those votes cast, none of them come to me. None of them come to me.” How, exactly, he knows this is quite the mystery. Trump cannot ...

Women’s March uplifting experience

I did not read Star Parker’s Jan. 27 commentary on the Women’s March so I was stunned and mildly amused at the irony of the fact that she depicted me as representing a “me culture” (per letter to editor Feb. 2). From my perspective, President Donald Trump’s “America First” ...

GOP moves on climate change

For the first time, consensus may be building among Republicans for a common-sense approach to climate change: a carbon fee and dividend program. On Feb. 8, former Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz met at the White House to advocate for this. Their proposal calls for a ...

Taxpayers should push back vs. AASD board

I have read so many articles in the Mirror lately about the desires of the AASD school board to build a new senior high building and the proposed building of a new elementary school. When will the taxpayers of Altoona stand up and say enough is enough? It is time to take the pens away ...

‘Anti-abortionists’ victory would be hollow

My Mirror letter of Jan. 23 gave anti-abortionists a way to stop many abortions, which they quickly discarded. Put your names on a national list and have it picked at random, to raise a child that was to be aborted. In past years, large statements have been in the Mirror against abortions ...

Immigration order counterproductive

I disagree with the immigration executive order recently issued dealing with a 90- and 120-day hold on any visa and passport for individuals coming from seven Muslim countries, including Iraq, Iran and Syria. Individuals who have come and are scheduled to come from Iraq are those individuals ...

Demand respect from peers, gov’t

After reading Daniel Stuckey’s letter (Feb. 11: “Judge presidency with objectivity,”), I felt the need to make a point. In this country, many voters do not even know why they are voting for a candidate. Most will quote a sound bite from Fox or MSNBC, but they don’t bother to ...

Sticking to facts helps argument

After moving back to Central Pennsylvania a few years ago, I was somewhat dismayed by the number of opinions submitted to the Mirror by local citizens that were obviously based on something other than facts. I always thought that opinions were based on collecting facts, weeding out ...

Citizentry must embrace trust

Obstructionist: A Republican Congress that declared anything Barack Obama is for we are against. Juvenile: Has there ever been a more juvenile behaving, bullying, spoiled brat behaving person than Donald Trump? Do you realize that a citizenry that is driven by love of a peaceful country ...

Women need to band together

I’m responding to the Feb. 7 letter to the editor from Heather Wiser of Tyrone. If the Women’s March was for women’s rights as Wiser stated, then why were the pro-life marchers told they could not march? Wiser said that insurance needs to continue to cover birth control. It ...

‘Welcome to your new dark world’

I have truly enjoyed reading letters to the editor in the Mirror the last three weeks. Isn’t it astonishing to see a president actually doing something constructive for a change instead of literally bowing down for foreign leaders and apologizing for America’s greatness? After ...

Clean up after mansion sledding

Last Thursday, in the early hours of the morning, the city was blanketed in a heavy wet snow that eventually led to the Altoona schools deciding to close. Hooray for snow days. Yes, I, too, was once a kid who enjoyed no school on a snowy day to spend it sledding down the hill at a ...

Toomey abandons his constituents

In the week leading up to Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary, Sen. Patrick Toomey was unreachable by phone due to the flood of constituents begging him to oppose her confirmation. Nevertheless, Toomey voted to confirm DeVos anyway. In doing so, he has placed party ...

Trump’s ego keeps getting in his way

I normally adjust and accept all presidents in time, but I will have a hard time, if ever, accepting Donald Trump. Words matter to me, especially when it is consistently ignorant. One camera caught him degrading women in the most vulgar and hurtful ways. He’s also mocked a disabled ...

Obama deserves our nation’s thanks

I would like to thank our former president, Barack Obama, for his steady and thoughtful leadership the past eight years. Despite unprecedented opposition, he accomplished much, and those things left undone cannot be blamed on him, but rather on those who stonewalled his agenda. I thank ...

Obama deserves his share of credit

A few citizens last month wrote editorials about President Barack Obama and how terrible he was to our country. One said he was, is and always will be “the worst president in the history of the world.” That record actually belongs to George W. Bush. The other person said he “never ...

Kaneshiki is free to speak her mind

This letter is in response to a letter dated 1-29-2017 titled “Kaneshiki post an embarrassment” by William J. Padamonsky Sr. His criticism of Lois Kaneshiki and her cartoonship of the Obamas with the” Beverly Hillbillies” is her business under the Constitution. Just because ...

McClure would follow in Cooper’s footsteps

The primary season is near, Sam McClure has taken the reins of the Blair County Sheriff and will perform well. Former Sheriff Mitch Cooper has given his full support to McClure. The voters of Blair County can trust him to continue Mitch Cooper’s excellent stewardship of the Blair County ...

Toomey ignores future of our children

Nothing is as important to parents as the well-being of their children and their children’s future. As an retired educator in the Altoona Area public school system, I know this fact well. Education is vital to the future of our nation, indeed, to the future of the world. We live in a ...