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Letters to the Editor

State should follow NJ, Ohio lead on adoptees

A new law in New Jersey will give adult adoptees the right to get their original birth certificates as of Jan. 1, 2017.A similar law took effect in Ohio last year, and more than 7,000 adoptees have received their birth certificates.In Pennsylvania, HB 162 would provide this same right to ...

Memo to Trump: You’re not fooling us

Please send this message to Donald Trump.You are not a presidential person. You are a businessman and nothing more.I am a simple American man, but I think I know a lot more about the nuts and bolts that keep this nation able to lead the world. Never in my life have I voted Democrat, but I will ...

Catholics must stand together against abuse

Bravo, George Foster.His candid open letter to Catholics was bold, blunt and necessary to blast the faithful out of passivity. It is an important question to ask what each Catholic will do. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Investigative Grand Jury (GJ) report lays out the facts and ...

Story on jailed moms got too much exposure

Whoa, really?All you had for Sunday, Mother's Day was a front-page article on mothers in prison.As a mother of four, I found this article very offensive. It could have been placed in the Life section, but to put it as a front-page article was at most very demeaning to all those mothers out ...

Reid concert deserved more Mirror coverage

Shame on you, Altoona Mirror, for all the more coverage you gave to our hometown boy, Mike Reid.The Mishler was packed. He put on a beautiful, funny, sentimental show.He deserves much more than what you gave him.Ellie RyanAltoona

Blame drivers, not police, for chases

Point fingers where blame actually lies.A letter was printed by Robert Leonard of Altoona on May 6 blasting police for high-speed chases.Leonard asserts that cruiser repairs, risked lives and property damage cost taxpayers, thus suggesting pursuits should be completely abolished. The letter ...

Area now the ‘capital’ of child sexual abuse

President Barack Obama said we ignorantly cling to our guns and Bibles in Pennsylvania.Recent Pennsylvanians are more sophisticated. The world now knows us for Penn State, Jerry Sandusky, Joe Paterno and the sexual abuse of boys.History will also remember Altoona-Johnstown for sexual abuse ...

Nice that Reid stays in ‘Contact’

I just got home from a Mike Reid concert, and wow.It brought so many emotions home to me, including how much Altoona has affected a lot of us. Reid's love for Altoona is heartwarming.What an awesome man, and to put on a concert benefiting Contact Altoona is spectacular. Everyone attending ...

Trump beats the alternative

Attention all Republicans who are not thrilled with Donald Trump being the GOP choice for president: Please do not stay away from the polls in November.I am a conservative Christian Republican, and I am not a fan of Trump.But consider the alternative: Hillary Clinton. Not voting because you ...

What Trump stands for is ‘Republic’s last hope’

Every media outlet and political party is on the bash Donald Trump train.Trump is bashed for wanting to invest in our military. Why's that a bad thing?He's labeled a bigot because he wants to close our borders to Muslims entering the U.S. We are at war with radical Islam. They are blood-thirsty ...

Mandatory celibacy hurting Catholicism

My heart goes out to those who have suffered under the clergy abuse scandal, and for those dealing with the spiritual upheaval it has caused.I felt this personally when I saw one of the disgraced priests had served in a church during the time I attended as a child. The open letter to Catholics ...

Disregard for victims of abuse astounding

Editor's note:?Because of several editing mistakes in this letter, which was published Saturday, the Mirror is printing it again.I am absolutely appalled at the slanderous and ridiculous comments posed by Ms. Rose Burkhart, as stated in the letter to the editor ("Ward, McGinnis make right ...

Disregard for victims of abuse astounding

I am absolutely appalled at the slanderous and ridiculous comments posed by Ms. Rose Burkhart, as stated in the letter to the editor ("Ward, McGinnis make right call") published last week.I stand by her right to an opinion, but I do not condone her slanderous and ignorant comments about ...

Don’t speak for abuse victims

This letter is in response to Al Montanaro's letter in the May 3 edition.I can't help but wonder how much research he did before writing it. After all, it was more than just an opinion; he actually spoke for the victims of sexual abuse.He stated that "The student victims of sexual assault did ...

High-speed chases should be limited

I think it is time for all police departments to stop the high-speed chases.The cost involved to the wreckage of the cop cars owned by the taxpayers is out of sight along with the innocent people getting hurt or killed along with the property being destroyed.I know these cops get their thrills ...

No beer at BJC

Concerning the online survey about selling beer at the Bryce Jordan Center, how about an easy response choice?No.Jo MenglePennsylvania Furnace

Saying no on Curve subsidy

The Logan Township supervisors are deciding how and if to subsidize the repairs at Peoples Gas Field.The owner of the leasing rights is a millionaire, the owners of the Double-A team are millionaires, and the parent organization, Pittsburgh Pirates, is loaded with millionaires.However, if the ...

Memo to AASD: Keep Kimmel open

A special public meeting of the Altoona Area Board of School Directors will be held on Monday, May 16, at 5:45 p.m. for the purpose of closing William P. Kimmel Alternative School.Section 780 of the School Code requires a public hearing to be held at least three months prior to the board's ...

Survivors’ hope: All needed to end abuse

If anyone is under the impression that the Catholic church stands alone in its reputation for sexual abuse, cover-ups, and repeat offenses, they are mistaken.Unfortunately, no one is immune.It is not exclusive to a specific group, and it impacts people from all ages and backgrounds. Because it ...

Catholic church needs to ‘tell the whole truth’

The recent disclosure of the overwhelming number of molestations, cover-ups, settlements and payouts affecting Catholic school students in the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese is mind-boggling.However, this letter is prompted by the sorry attempts at damage control put forth by the Catholic ...