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Letters to the Editor

History lesson shows Hillary’s lingering flaws

As a 27-year-old staff attorney for the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation, Hillary Rodham (Clinton) was fired by her supervisor, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman.When asked why Hillary Rodham (Clinton) was fired, Zeifman said in an interview, "Because she was a liar. ...

Addressing gun issue needs cooperation

Is banning guns a good or bad thing?We need a bill in which Congress can put their heads together and think of a way to help all of us without messing with our rights.Just recently they had a bill in the House, which in my opinion could have passed but the Republicans denied it and the ...

Orlando officials failed their community

Like many Americans, I was totally shocked by the killings in Orlando, and not just because of the innocent lives and futures lost.The biggest shock to me was from the so-called security and police responders and their so-called remarks after the incident.While the whole world was watching, ...

Mirror, BG overreacting to Saylor incident

In last Tuesday's edition, the Mirror purports to be clarifying the issue involving Father Brian Saylor of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese.The article begins with Saylor's explanation of the incident as an innocent mistake in his handling of a social media account.His explanation makes clear that ...

Toomey is a friend of law enforcement

Sen. Pat Toomey is a strong supporter of our police and other law enforcement agencies that keep us safe.Toomey is a champion for the first responders who put their lives on the line for us day in and day out.Toomey supports legislation to cut the red tape that blocks local law enforcement from ...

Wake up, America: Hillary not the answer

It is time for real change in Washington.It is time for Donald Trump, the only candidate that is not a politician and will make real change for America.He is not taking a salary to do this job. He is not in it for the money.Hillary Clinton is not for women. If she were, she would not be taking ...

Muslim immigration driving terrorism

President Barack Obama described the massacre carried out by a Muslim mass murderer, Omar Mateen, in Orlando, Fla., as "an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been concerned about."The problem is, there is nothing "homegrown" about Mateen.He may have been born in this ...

There’s nothing wrong with Halvorson as Dem

I'm responding to Ronda Wininger's June 23 letter.There are a number of reasons why calling Art Halvorson a fraud is wrong.First, even if he would run as a Democrat, really, what is so wrong? I don't believe he has changed any of his core values.Second, I just think it is amazing enough ...

Federal tax excessive on hearing aids

I agree with the article ("Treating hearing loss should not be pricey") published in the Mirror on June 3.I purchased my second pair of hearing aids in May 2016 in Altoona.The price was $5,000 and on top of that was $600 tax for a grand total of $5,600.Perhaps that prestigious advisory group ...

Biosolids’ concerns are totally justified

Antis Township residents are fully justified to oppose biosolids.Peer-reviewed research and field reports indicate that this complex mixture of human and industrial waste may seriously harm human health, water, wells, live stock and soil.Contrary to Penn State Extension's claim, pathogens are ...

Act of generosity nice anniversary gift

We would like to thank the person or persons who paid for our dinner at Hoss's in Pleasant Valley on Sunday, June 12, about 4 p.m.It was a very nice surprise. We were celebrating our 62nd wedding anniversary, and it made our day nicer.It is nice to know there are caring, thoughtful and generous ...

Mirror editorial page lacks (left) balance

The Mirror should be ashamed of itself.In the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando, its editorial page on Sunday, June 19 - Father's Day - featured not one but two right-wing commentators which took up the entire editorial page.First, Mona Charen, from "Creators Syndicate," who has worked for ...

Writer of same name endures identity crisis

I am writing to clear up some confusion regarding the identity of a frequent contributor to your letters to the editor.Richard Boston of Hollidaysburg submits his opinion and is published often on your reader contribution page.While it is certainly his right to express his opinion on any ...

Highland Hall destruction sad

I am deeply saddened by the demolition of Highland Hall, not because I am an architect, who favors beautifully proportioned stone buildings, but more so, because I am an American.I am always distressed over the loss of great American architecture. I continually see the remaining constructed ...

2nd Amendment, game laws don’t mix

After reading a letter from Dave Potchak in the Altoona Mirror ("Inconsistency of gun laws makes no sense," June 16), I would like to give you my thoughts on this issue.This is a straw-man argument to cloud the issue.Since you are wondering about the difference in laws, and why it is OK to have ...

Grand jury report affront to decency

Who wants to believe that adored church leaders are monsters and a bottomless pit of depravity?But that is how the grand jury reports described the bishops and priests of the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.More than 50 sexual predators within the diocese were documented.They terrorized and ...

Hollidaysburg band does its district proud

On June 10, the Hollidaysburg Area School District band, majorettes and flags performed for the veterans at the VA Home.My husband and I were asked to help with the ice cream social following the performance. We, along with another volunteer, dished up ice cream for the band members.Without ...

Halvorson shows he’s a fraud

Upon learning that Art Halvorson is now allowed to run on the Democratic ticket, I have one word for the voters in our state, and that word is beware.Beware the person who is willing to do anything to win. Halvorson first sold himself as a real conservative, yet when he lost, he suddenly ...

FBI should turn back its clock

Sleep well tonight. Your FBI is on the job. After all, they checked out this Orlando shooter twice and cleared him both times.It seems to me they are a new breed - a bunch of phonies in $800 suits.Is this the same FBI that let Whitey Bolger travel all over New England all those years and they ...

Reserve hero label for true heroism

Denny Shore is half right about Donald Trump's view of POWs.Senator John McCain was called a hero by the media because he was a POW in Vietnam. Trump disagreed, saying the word hero is continuously misused.McCain was brave like every person that served in any war. They're brave whether captured ...