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Letters to the Editor

Check Curve’s profit-loss chart

The Altoona ballpark, Peoples Natural Gas Field, is a great asset to our area.However, before the Blair County commissioners or the Logan Township supervisors decide to take tax money from the citizens, a three-year profit and loss statement of the Altoona Curve needs to be made public.James ...

Leave parking spaces for physically disabled

If you have ever parked at the Station Mall, you know that outside of the "Fresenius Dialysis Center," there are seven spaces reserved for handicap. Also down below this sign reads a sign that says "for dialysis patients only," which no one reads or pays attention to.These places are for these ...

Logan supervisor needs math lesson

I would first like to preface my opinion by stating that I believe Logan Township is one of the most livable townships in America and it did not happen by chance.Penn State Altoona, Logan Town Center, Logan Valley Mall, The Horseshoe Curve and the Altoona Curve to name a few are the ...

Make playgrounds free of obscenities

This evening I had what I deemed at the time the pleasure of taking my 6-year-old child to play at Memorial Park in the Juniata section of Altoona.Six teenagers, approximately 15-17 years of age, were playing basketball. The teens started a barrage of verbal obscenities at each other.I asked ...

Curve players show their compassion

One of our clients came to us recently and asked if we knew of a good bankruptcy attorney.The client recently suffered severe health problems and because of this, his business suffered.He found he was unable to pay more than $3,000 of PUC assessments in order to have his transportation company ...

Shuster hasn’t voted for trade agreement

A letter ran in the Mirror on Wednesday that contained factual errors about Rep. Bill Shuster's position on an issue.It stated that Shuster, R-9th District, voted in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership or as the author of the letter called it, "Obamatrade."That is 100 percent factually ...

Kopriva should recuse herself

I am reading with great interest about the upcoming retrial of Aaron Ross.We all make mistakes. With that being said, I believe that Judge Jolene G. Kopriva should recuse herself from the retrial.It seems numerous mistakes were made during the first trial, things that Judge Kopriva, as an ...

House Bill 1947 needs retroactive window

Rep. Ron Marsico's proposed House Bill (HB) 1947 is an outrageous "call to action" by legislators who think it placates the public's demand for statute of limitations (SOL) reform.Again, the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), have succeeded in ...

Attention, motorists: Keep farmers in mind

The Cambria County Farm Bureau, and all of Pa. Farm Bureau, is celebrating Rural Roads Safety Week April 17-23 by encouraging county residents to travel safely on the roads this spring and all year.This time of year, as planting season gets underway, farmers are busy working in the fields and ...

Halvorson camp sets record straight

The letter by Bill Shuster's manager regarding the congressman's record on trade is typical of the Clinton-like deception Shuster is known for.Hillary Clinton parsed the word "is" Shuster's campaign is parsing the word "this," as in, "Shuster hasn't voted for any bad trade deals during this ...

Vote for Halvorson

Here we go again: Bill Shuster is running for reelection with the same old slogan, "Bill Shuster works."The question that remains unanswered is just who does Shuster work for. The record shows Shuster works best for the lobbyists who donate tens of thousands to his reelection campaign, ...

Pennsylvania needs to raise minimum wage

I'm happy to pay more than Pennsylvania's minimum to the person who helps me keep my home clean and healthy.A person who works should be valued enough to earn a minimum wage of $15 an hour, but that's not what some Republicans think.Some use that old chestnut that the number of jobs decreases ...

‘Our church will survive’ sex abuse scandal

I am the sister of a deceased Franciscan priest who lived his priestly life according to God's plan for us and according to his gospels.I was appalled to read of the abuse cases in the Mirror and other papers. My heart and prayers go out to the victims, but also to the good and holy priests ...

Show compassion for animal lover

I was so saddened to read the front page article on March 23, "Animal Caretaker."Here is a woman, Deborah O'Shell, helping needy animals with love and compassion.She is opening her rehab center to caring students from Penn State, Juniata and Saint Francis. She has dedicated this facility in ...

Halvorson fuels misleading info

Every election season we come across misleading information from candidates desperate for attention and traction. It's part of the process.But a recent letter in the Mirror trashing Congressman Bill Shuster's record on jobs really stretched the truth.Shuster's opponent and his workers made ...

Judges deserve merit selection

The League of Women Voters is known for our support of clean, fair and accessible elections and our focus on ensuring every voter has access to the ballot box.But it's not enough for elections to be fair and accessible they also must be in the best interests of the people.Judicial elections ...

Job growth is Shuster priority

There was recently a letter to the editor in the Mirror that suggested we should replace U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, because he doesn't fight for jobs.Doesn't fight for jobs? Really? This region is fortunate to have one of the elected officials who is actually fighting for us and ...

Halvorson better alternative than Shuster

Most career politicians are shameless when it comes to getting reelected, but 16-year incumbent Bill Shuster has reached a new low.He knows he's in trouble with district voters but figures maybe they'll be dumb enough to swallow his ridiculous claims.Recently, Shuster's henchmen took a phone ...

Get off your phone; watch for cycles, bikes

Well, it's that time of year again when the people on bicycles and motorcycles will be out on the streets and highways.Many of you seem to think that we are invisible. Speaking as a motorcyclist, I just don't understand it. Most bikes weigh around 800 pounds, plus their driver and rider.We have ...

Disrespect for the American flag upsetting

Recently, I was watching our national news and was upset by people disrespecting the American flag.Then the media has the ignorance to say that's their First Amendment right.Wrong.The First Amendment says we have freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.There is no mention of a ...