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Letters to the Editor

‘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 ...

McGinnis can repair economic problems

It is time to get our heads out of the sand.This state is at the bottom of the barrel in almost every measurement of economic growth. However, we are at the top when it comes to taxes and the unfunded pension obligation.As a past school board member, I have seen the pension issue affecting the ...

Shuster hasn’t done enough to be re-elected

Our community, state and nation are disappointing and disheartening.While you or I can do little to change that, we have an opportunity for change in the 9th District of the House of Representatives. The virtues we value as a community should be a part of who we elect.Bill Shuster has sullied ...

Halvorson has desire to represent 9th District

I recently had the pleasure, for the second time, of meeting Art Halvorson, currently running for the Republican nomination for the 9th District.He spoke with passion about the broken system in Washington, which continually seems to side with corporate lobbyists and special interests rather ...

Send McGinnis back for another term

Pennsylvania's per-capita burden of state and local taxes is second in the nation.If left unaddressed, we are sure to be No. 1. What a nice gift to leave our children and grandchildren.No wonder our kids are leaving. That is why I'm supporting John McGinnis.A true conservative, McGinnis is one ...

On her 100th birthday, celebrate gifted author

Today, April 12, is the 100th birthday of Beverly Cleary, the Leo Tolstoy of American children's literature.No other author that I know of has come close to her precise and moving accounts of the emotional lives of children, from the pride of Henry Huggins on being awarded his own paper route ...

McGinnis can help fix state’s ‘crash course’

John McGinnis is the right man at the right time for Harrisburg for many reasons, including the most important financial issue in Pennsylvania.He understands the pension crisis, due to his background in finance, better than most of the elected officials in Harrisburg and has offered a fiscally ...

Environmental groups cross boundaries

I am writing this letter in regard to the article "Groups sue to halt hunting," which appeared on Page C1 of the March 24 edition of the Mirror.I am deeply opposed to those environmental groups in their actions - deeply opposed.In my opinion, the decision of whether to allow hunting on the ...

McGinnis has smarts, guts to address pension

Since his election in 2012, John McGinnis' record has been crystal clear.He kept promises to not accept a pay raise or a state pension, refused per diems and has stood firm defending the taxpayers. But perhaps his biggest contribution is his fight for awareness and reform of Pennsylvania's ...

McGinnis has fought the good fight

We often talk about left and right in political discussions, and I know who is right for state representative in the 79th District - John McGinnis.McGinnis has had a huge impact on the old system of cronyism in our state capital. He told us when he first ran in 2012 that he would strive to be a ...

McGinnis makes good on his promises

What do people in the 79th District always say when it comes to the type elected official they want to see if office?People want someone who isn't taking the freebies that come with being an elected official.People want someone who believes in term limits, the Second Amendment and is pro-life. ...

Starr has shown compassion for people

Starr has shown compassion for peopleI am endorsing Pete Starr for the 79th District's representative.As his neighbor, I have had the privilege to observe Starr's energetic dedication to a life of public service, his role of father and grandfather, and his helpful care of the people in our ...

To his credit, McGinnis has been ‘outsider’

How often do voters get a chance to elect an outsider who is already in office? That's the opportunity we have in the 79th District with state Rep. John McGinnis.McGinnis ran on a platform of reform and has been butting heads with leaders in the Capitol and leaders in his own party. While ...