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Letters to the Editor

Toomey has spotty record

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's congressional voting record is worrisome. Voters can and should review his total record before voting in NovemberTo Obamacare recipients: Toomey has voted 14 times to repeal Obamacare.To veterans: He has voted against all Veteran Administration funding and has ...

Clinton ‘head and shoulders’ best choice

Here are 10 reasons why Hillary Clinton should be elected our next president:1. She has devoted her working life to helping others - women, minorities, children, the working class and the disadvantaged.2. She is sane, stable, steady and serious.3. She is thoughtful, kind, well-informed and ...

Toomey race carries ‘historical’ weight

We face a historical decision next month, and I'm not talking about the presidential race.I am referring to the U.S. Senate contest in Pennsylvania between Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Katie McGinty, the outcome of which will perhaps permanently alter the future legal and social fabric of the ...

‘Vitriol’ fueling Trump’s campaign

A sticker spotted on an Altoona pickup reading "Carpenters for Hillary" brought to mind Donald Trump's current campaign built largely on venomous diatribes.Vitriol fuels Trump's political engine. He is far more a demolition agent than a builder. "Towering House of Cards" fits as a reality show ...

Defense of church misguided view

In Christian charity, Dick DiAndrea ought to visit the family of every victim molested by a Roman Catholic priest and explain the point of his Sept. 16 letter ("Pedophilia not limited to Catholic Church.")His sales pitch that his church is no worse than any other institution that harbors sexual ...

Vote the man not the Party

Blair County Republican Committee has explicit bylaws established to maintain a certain order among county party officials which is common practice among political organizations.As a member of the BCRP, I respect their mission as well as their bylaws but I cannot in good conscience endorse Bill ...

Pennsylvania should take its lead from California

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best solution.As reported in many regional news outlets recently, the California State Legislature passed into law Assembly Joint Resolution 43, calling for the U.S Congress to implement a carbon tax in the form of a "progressive fee and dividend."That ...

Before supporting, consider Trump record

Vote for Trump when:-- He moves his clothing manufacturing plants to America and hires American workers.-- Commits to equal pay for women.-- Supports stopping sexual harassment in the workplace.-- Stops blaming President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for all the country's issues. America is ...

Set term limits and shortern election cycle

If the president and governors have term limits, why not the Senate and House?All federal and state elected positions should be held to this. If they can't get done in their amount of time, they're not going to do it. This would eliminate them from lifetime terms with all expenses paid and all ...

Kaepernick ought to find another country

Colin Kaepernick a patriot? Give me a break.The one thing this anti-flag, anti-anthem, anti-American shows to all true Americans is a complete and utter disrespect, disdain and disregard for every American man and woman who ever wore the uniform, and who fought and died for the freedom that ...

‘Be the herd that sticks together’

Here we go again.Another diocese is under scrutiny, and all you out there assumed it was all done.Well, let me tell you, it is not.When is Pennsylvania and the nation or the world going to say enough? We sit back and let our leaders lie and manipulate us on so many levels it is sickening.No one ...

Trump stumping for law enforcement’s votes

Many have been conjecturing over Donald Trump's blueprint on criminal justice reform.He hasn't had much to say on the matter but recently remarked that inner-city crime happening in Chicago (and Altoona) is best dealt with by employing more police officers.If this is scraping for law ...

Kindergarten teachers ‘have important role’

It concerns me that Lois Kaneshiki is being considered a spokesperson for homeschoolers.I doubt very much that homeschoolers wish to force homeschooling on others or that they think large class sizes are optimal for learning.Parents know what form of education is best for their families. ...

Clinton more equipped to lead our country

Living in an imperfect world, in an imperfect nation, governed by an imperfect democracy, it's no wonder presidential candidates are imperfect.Looking beyond imperfections isn't easy given cheap tabloid theatrics trumping real debate on national issues.With perpetuity and grandkids most ...

Put party aside: Vote Halvorson

Our political system was structured by brilliant men and women, which allows us through our representatives in Congress to control the actions of the president, and this puts the final control over our Congress.We are prone to vote for unqualified people just because of our reluctance to vote ...

Mirror editorial unfair to Kaneshiki

I take offense to the Mirror editorial ("Kaneshiki failing in mission") from Sept. 21.It is so unfair, condescending, immature and childlike. I also noted a letter beside the editorial indicating teachers being alienated.My father was one of the most revered teachers in my hometown of Renovo. ...

‘Rest of us saddled’ with Kaneshiki

In Lois Kaneshiki, the Blair County Tea Party has gotten exactly what it deserves - an uniformed, big-mouthed narcissist whose personal agenda far outweigh her professional responsibility as an elected official.Sadly, for the rest of us, we are saddled with her, too. I wish more of us had voted ...

For Clinton and women, ‘historic moment’ here

This is a historic moment for women.It took 72 years of grueling effort to get the right to vote. From July 1848 until August 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified, the suffragettes worked tirelessly to get that right.Women have had the right to vote for 96 years.Now, for the first time in ...

Kaneshiki following in Trump’s footsteps

If you say a lie enough times it becomes the truth.The recent Hollidaysburg Area School Board controversy regarding Lois Kaneshiki highlights the fact that in our current political climate, all Republican candidates, whether on the local or national stage, feel that if they lie enough, it ...

Commissioners belong in land of Oz

You have to laugh or maybe cry when you think how the citizens of Blair County voted in the commissioners of today believing they would work for and not against the taxpayers, which they are doing with this reassessment.A lot of taxpayers are going to end up homeless after working and saving to ...