Letters to the Editor

Sharing the blame

While I concur with Representative McGinnis' assessment of the pension crisis that looms, I don't see how he only blames the Rendell administration for fiscal recklessness in his recent letter that appeared in the Altoona Mirror.Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it was the Ridge ...

Thanks to Logan Twp.

I would like to thank the employees of the Logan Township Highway Department publicly.The roads are always taken care of in my Greenwood development. When we were hit with the really bad storm last month, our roads were taken care of better than many I saw in downtown Altoona.On Monday ...

Handling of SS ‘trust’ has been disgraceful

I was first introduced to Social Security (FICA), at 13 years of age, when I became a paper carrier for the Mirror and had the privilege of reporting to the late Frank Aigner, Sr., who was the circulation manager.He nurtured me in the aspects of what it takes to become a valued paper carrier, ...

Curtain pulled back on Trump

After Iowa Senator Ted Cruz's upset victory Monday night against Donald Trump has robbed "The Donald" of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals - that he is winning and his critics are losers.Now that he has lost, Trump may finally have to try to come up with some substantive arguments ...

Heroic chaplains shouldn’t be forgotten

On Feb. 3, 1943, the USS Dorchester, with 902 men aboard, was making its way in the cold water of the North Atlantic heading toward Greenland.The ship was crowded and living conditions were unbearably hot; most of the men removed their life jackets contrary to orders.A German U-boat 223 spotted ...

An independent look at Trump’s lead in Pa.

Unity is needed if Republicans want to have a true Republican to represent them as their presidential nominee.Most say Donald Trump leads all the polls.In most surveys, however, data shows Trump only has a big edge with Republican-leaning Independents. That means actual Republicans don't ...

Europe no example for our country to follow

The headline to Froma Harrop's commentary in the Jan. 25 edition of the Mirror on the Opinion page states: "It's time to let 18-year-olds drink."She says that 19-year-old veterans are denied being served alcohol in bars in this country when in fact it is legal in Europe.Here again is that inane ...

Free-spending Obama drives national debt

A recent op-ed article written by Paul Krugman of The New York Times mentioned the fact that President BarackObama's tax increases for the richest people in the country have effectively rolled back the tax cuts that the Reagan and Bush administrations combined gave to the wealthiest ...

Shuster has been friend to farming community

We elect our representatives to do the work we, the constituents, believe is required to improve the lives of everyone in our region.This work includes much more than beating the drum or posting to online message boards.The work requires some who actually acts, and I am proud to say our ...

Pennsylvanians need to unite

It has now been over six months since the Pennsylvania state government has failed its basic responsibility to pass a budget.This has consequences: Already many state nonprofit organizations, school districts, and others in the state are hurting due to this inaction.However, as Pennsylvania ...

Sestak would help make college affordable

The United States has the world's finest higher education system.Today, however, many students must confront the reality that attending the college of their choice is becoming unaffordable. For others, choice has disappeared, and access to the lowest-cost options is at risk.Nationally, ...

Coming together

One of the best results of the recent blizzard was to see neighbors coming together to help one another. Americanism is alive and well.Joseph LechmanHollidaysburg

Supporting Shuster

There have been several letters recently unfairly attacking Rep. Bill Shuster.Although people have a right to their opinion, it is vitally important those writing distinguish facts from the false and mudslinging comments spewed by Art Halvorson and his supporters.Talk is cheap, and actions ...

Frey picture ‘insulting’

Seriously? That was the best photo of the legendary rocker, Glenn Frey, that you could find?I am referring to the front page of the Mirror dated Jan. 19, 2016.They wouldn't allow a picture that poorly cropped in a junior high school newspaper.It looks like a child cut it out using those old ...

Sestak can help fix USA

Like many, I'm troubled by what I see happening in Washington and across the world.There are real problems, and Senator Pat Toomey has ignored them.We need a senator who takes his job seriously. We need someone with real foreign policy experience to keep America safe. That someone is Joe ...

USA needs Trump

Democrat or Republican? It doesn't matter.For eight years, I have sat back and watched the fabric of the American way of life unravel.When President Barack Obama and John Kerry jet off to other countries, they should wear a "kick me" sign on their backs, because other countries know Obama is a ...

Too many examples of govt’s broken trust

Government tells us in order to be kept safe from evil, ill-intentioned and well-armed terrorists, every effort needs to be taken to disarm all the rest of us.If you think that makes no sense, join the crowd."Don't think too much, trust me," says Uncle Sam "to protect you because we will all be ...

Republicans have candidate shortage

Susan Mitchell had an article in the Jan. 19 Mirror, and I agree 100 percent with what she said about comparing Donald Trump to Barack Obama.The Mirror, which is supposed to be an impartial news source, never misses an opportunity to take a shot at the president.Speaking of Trump, the last ...

Altoona kindness saves family’s puppy

My two children and I had just arrived from the Outer Banks of N.C. on Friday, Jan. 15, to visit my parents in Altoona when our new puppy escaped out the door and ran off.My mother, father and I were trying to catch him and were so worried he would get hit by a car as he ran on busy Poland ...

Meling left positive mark on county government

The Morrison Cove Republican Club congratulates Blair County Commissioner Diane Meling on her retirement from public service to Blair County.During the past eight years, there has been a significant improvement in the operation and financial condition of Blair County government.Simply put, ...