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Letters to the Editor

Philly archbishop’s rules ridiculous

After reading the Philadelphia archbishop's pastoral guidelines, I can only say it left me in a state of disbelief. How out of touch is this guy? The very idea that two people would civilly marry and then be celebate in order to receive Communion is naive and ridiculous.He also says people in ...

Bias clearly evident at Senate hearing

I am stunned by the events on June 13 in Harrisburg.I expected a fair hearing on House Bill 1947. What I witnessed was a comedy of errors and outright collusion.I watched a parade of characters handpicked by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Montgomery, to "prove" the unconstitutionality of this bill.I ...

Service commended

I was privileged to attend another Blair Memorial Service honoring our fallen police officers on June 16.I appreciated each of them, but this was one of the best so far.The speakers were very good, and the singing was outstanding. It was such a smooth and meaningful program.There has always ...

Attitudes about gambling have changed

Maybe someone in Harrisburg can answer a question. Many years ago I used to work in a bar as a bartender. Back then the bars would sneak in so-called "poker machines."These machines paid the winners some money: some small, some large if you won a hand. The state police along with the Liquor ...

Don’t fall for IRS scam

Many people in our area may be receiving multiple automated calls, about the Internal Revenue Service putting law suits against them.They will give you a number to call; do not do this. As soon as they mention the IRS, hang up. If you have caller ID, write the number down they called from.These ...

Lifetime limits

After reading several articles about the grand jury report of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, I believe that the statute of limitations on sexual crimes against minors needs to be reformed. Currently, the statute of limitation allows a victim to press charges for up to 12 years after the minor ...

Bicyclists ignore law

In the July 3 edition of the Mirror was an article by bicyclist to remind drivers that the law requires them to give bicyclists a 4-foot clearance when passing.The law also states that bicyclists are required to pull over to the far right side of the road, but not onto the berm so drivers can ...

Concert shows ‘high standard of excellence’

I just got home from attending the 28th Infantry Division Band Concert at The Mishler Theatre sponsored by Blair County Arts Foundation. It was a very enjoyable evening titled, “A Night at the Movies.” The talented men and women of The 28th Infantry Division Band (U.S. Army Band) are ...

Reins need kept on government

It is said that "Freedom isn't free."Yet, we have all heard, "I will gladly give up some freedoms to feel safe."But if that door is opened, where does it end? Who determines the freedoms I must give up in exchange for safety? Maybe there will be a feeling of safety, but are we safe from ...

Remaining true to Catholic faith

As a Catholic in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, I, with so many others of my faith, have been scandalized and demoralized by the horrendous crimes perpetrated by the leaders of our church.At even the lowest level of awareness and honesty, it is impossible to pretend this is a minor problem soon ...

Altoona school board leading wrong way

Is there a more inept group of people than those that serve or have recently served on the Altoona Area School Board?These people can't throw a ball into the ocean. They close schools then complain about lack of classrooms two years later? Now the grand plan is trailers. One has to be high up ...

Fly flag from tree at Halleck Place

I read with dismay that Altoona City Council has been asked to chop down the majestic tree at Halleck Place and Morningside Avenue and replace it with a flag.Would it be possible to strap a flagpole to the tree, a flagpole taller than the tree and fly the flag from it above the tree?That would ...

Open lavatories affront to our rights

Open lavatories? What difference does this make?For a parent with young children in a decent neighborhood in a small city much like any other, a quick internet search of public records revealed over 80 known sexual predators within three miles of our home. One listed as a sexually violent ...

TV newscasters need to be more accurate

Almost every day when you watch the news, regardless of the channel, we are assaulted by a lack of professionalism.It is so completely clear that each of our news professionals simply do not know the news.They routinely mispronounce the names of people, places and things. Today I heard Gov. ...

Carrying firearms would limit mass shootings

If more citizens carry firearms, the chance of a mass shooting would be greatly declined.According to CrimeResearch.org, from 1950 to 2016, 98.8 percent of mass public shootings happened in gun-free zones, meaning that only 1.2 percent of mass public shootings happened where guns are allowed.I ...

Motorcycle riders ‘still an afterthought’

It seems like no one read my letter to the editor ("Get off your phone; watch for cycles, bikes") in the Mirror on April 15.This concerned drivers not looking for the motorcyclists while being on their cellphones or just not looking for the motorcyclists.I have encountered both many of times.We ...

Enough, already: Curve pressure out of line

Since when is 20 years old?I thought only Major League Baseball teams held cities hostage on stadiums, but I guess it is now happening in small cities like Altoona.A few years ago, they got money from the state for improvements on the field, and now they're crying to the county and Logan ...

‘Revolution is still alive’

Pennsylvania school systems are doing badly after so many wars that were fought for our freedom.It seems organized crime budgets their money better than our own government.Born and raised in Harrisburg, I've heard this song and dance for years. I've seen the empty school buildings and teacher ...

Taxes going down drain

Pennsylvania school districts are fraught with program cuts and pending teacher layoffs.We need loans to keep school doors open.Pennsylvania is No. 1 in the country for sin taxes and No. 1 in the country for gas taxes.Federal tax, Social Security tax, Medicare tax, Pennsylvania state tax, ...

More precautions needed at zoos

Since 1990, there have been 63 deaths and 273 injuries at accredited and non-accredited zoos and circuses.Zoos should increase the precautionary measures that are taken to increase the security around the animals because the public, especially children, should not be able to get into any ...