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Letters to the Editor

We need representation ‘who will stand tall’

For too long, have we been represented in Washington by the second generation pillowtalk politician and the invisible senator. We need people who will stand tall in the cold hard light of day and speak for us. Jacqueline Sweet Altoona

Mayor endorses several state, local candidates

I am writing to show my support for our Republican U.S. House and Senate candidates and state attorney general candidate.U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th, has shown that he cares about Altoona.He was very helpful in getting Altoona's fire department a $290,000 grant for new SCBA breathing ...

Don’t give judges more time in office

I see in election news, that Pennsylvania judges want another million dollars (counting benefits) over the next five years. Why?If they did not save enough for retirement, until age 70, how will they by age 75?My first reason to say no is our forefathers never intended legislators and judges to ...

Halvorson will deliver change in direction

To the people of the 9th Congressional District: Are you tired of the same old Washington politics which are moving our country in the direction of moral and financial decay?Judging by the primary election results in our district, we the people are fed up. The voters, Republicans and Democrats, ...

Halvorson attacks show lack of character

Folks, it took a long time, but I can now say I have seen the most despicable and reprehensible campaign I have ever seen.Art Halvorson has spent three years going after Bill Shuster, his ex-wife, with whom Shuster remains close, and his two children.He declined to wait even a day after the ...

Rafferty the right call for attorney general

When we, as voters, are contemplating which leaders we need, let us not forget the importance of the office of Pennsylvania attorney general.With the scandals that have enveloped the former attorney general, Sen. John Rafferty's top priority is to reshape, reform and restore integrity.Rafferty ...

Electoral votes don’t add up in Pennsylvania

Is Pennsylvania really a blue state? That's what the media try to say.They tell us that it's been a long time since a Republican has won this state.After looking up how this could be, I now understand our votes don't matter in the presidential election because all it takes to win the state are ...

Mirror coverage of Kaneshiki ‘slanted’

The front page reporting about an unpopular vote at a September 2016 school board meeting is a sign of poor reporting.The article paints a slanted picture of a community volunteer. Yet any citizen whose property tax was increased has a vested interest in the way taxpayer money is spent by the ...

Halvorson’s campaign reaches desperation

As a veteran, I am upset that Art Halvorson is campaigning in his military uniform in his campaign commercial.It's not permitted to do, and he knows that.But what else upsets me about Halvorson's ad is that he goes after an 80-plus-year-old man that is not running for office. That's bad, but ...

Halvorson will add jobs to 9th District

As I sit at my kitchen table so frustrated by not being able to help my children with their Common-Core-based math homework, I wonder, "What will be their future in Northern Cambria or in this country?"Communities in the 9th District are slowly dying, and they don't even know it. Jobs have ...

Halvorson tactics ‘just trying to trick us’

Democrats, please don't be fooled.On Nov. 8, you are going to see Art Halvorson, Democrat, on the ballot in the 9th Congressional District.Don't fall for Halvorson's trick to hijack a party and seat. There's an organized effort by Dems to write in Adam Sedlock, and many, many others will likely ...

Halvorson’s ad timing lacks sensitivity

I am troubled by Art Halvorson's decision to run an extremely hurtful negative ad against Bud Shuster a day after his wife's funeral service.Bud Shuster is not running for office, and since Art Halvorson only recently moved to our community he wouldn't know, but Shuster has done many great ...

Clinton will ‘hasten destruction of country’

This presidential election may be our last opportunity to turn this country around.We don't need a "Mini Mouse" for president, but a person who has a backbone. If you want guns banned for self defense and not have our borders secured, vote Hillary Clinton.She is deeply corrupt, dishonest, ...

Shuster’s stances have earned support

There are some issues that have room for compromise, but in my opinion there are two which don't: abortion and the Second Amendment.I support Congressman Bill Shuster because he has been endorsed by National Right to Life committee and has a 100 percent pro-life voting record.I support Shuster ...

Shuster advertisement shows his ‘true side’

Campaign ads are aplenty right now, but I wanted to say how much I appreciated Congressman Bill Shuster's new ad that focuses on his wonderful relationship with his daughter.His opponent has spent the last three years trying to vilify Shuster so it's good to see the true side.Shuster is a nice ...

Presidential choices do not measure up

At a time when this country needs a top-notch individual of solid moral character to rescue this country from the morass of recent times, it's shameful that this presidential election is similar to playing Russian roulette.We have two six-shooters to choose from.One gun is marked Trump, and it ...

Halvorson will work for people, not party

You ask "Who is Art Halvorson?"Strange, but true, a Republican nominated by Democrats.A conservative Republican who had enough Democrat write-in votes in April that the Democrats chose Halvorson (instead of Bill Shuster or another Democrat) to represent them in November.Halvorson agreed to run ...

Sedlock clear choice in 9th District race

I would like to remind voters to write in Adam Sedlock for the 9th District Congressional race.Art Halvorson, who is listed on the Democratic ballot, is not a Democrat, and if elected, has stated that he will follow and vote along Republican Party lines.Again the only clear choice is to write ...

Reassessment process is more of the issue

In defense of the Blair County commissioners, property reassessment needed to be done.Reassessment is not the issue, but the way it was implemented and is presently being handled. The commissioners repeated numerously the main reason for reassessment was fairness to the citizens and to ensure ...

Rehabilitation facility proud of its fresh start

I am writing in response to the Mirror's recent article on the accusations against the former owners of the facility formerly known as Valley View.The Mirror accurately reported the failure of Reliant, the healthcare company that owned the facility from 2013 until early 2015, to provide ...