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Letters to the Editor

Trump on right track with United Nations

Recently, President-elect Donald Trump said, to paraphrase, the U.N. is a social club where everybody has fun. He is exactly correct. Trump also wants to defund the United Nations. There are many, many more of us who would like to see this spy organization completely abolished or moved out ...

Kerry should brush up on his history

This letter is being written in reference to the Associated Press report in the Mirror Dec. 29 as an article entitled “Kerry tears into Israel.” The important factor that John Kerry, the Secretary of State, fails to recognize is the building of the settlements in the West Bank and in East ...

Insurance payments protect everyone

Betsy McCaughey’s recent opinion piece “Debunk pre-existing conditions myths” is misleading. Her conclusion is to make those who have pre-existing conditions get their insurance from a high-risk pool and don’t make us young, healthy people “overpay for insurance.” High-risk ...

Electoral College gives entire country a voice

This is in response to a letter to the editor published Jan. 5, by Elizabeth Shade. The Electoral College was not established to guarantee that a qualified person would be elected president. No, it was designed so the whole country had a say in a presidential election, not just heavily ...

In tragedy, county puts its best foot forward

The tragedy of the Trooper Landon Weaver shooting is something that hit every one of us in so many ways. We believe that everyone felt the pain and sorrow of this horrific event. We also believe that Blair County showed what this community is about in the aftermath of the tragic ...

Commissioners off mark

The Blair County commissioners fail to realize that it is not the need for reassessment that is the cause of citizen concern but instead the totally unfair and illogical way in which it was implemented. In addition, the treatment of the citizens who have entered the appeal process and have ...

State police appreciate support for fallen officer

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 22 years and was humbly moved by the show of support by citizens, law enforcement and emergency responders at the recent ...

Organ donation ‘correct decision’

Reading Susan Stuart’s article (Dec. 30, “Willing to receive but not give”) was very interesting, educational and mind boggling. We are all entitled to our own feelings, decisions and actions. While being blessed to be alive on this beautiful earth, we must realize that when our ...

Trump following Reagan’s footsteps

Donald Trump promised jobs during the election. He plans on creating jobs by giving gigantic tax breaks to the richest Americans. The last person to do this was Ronald Reagan. He passed huge tax cuts for the super rich. Sure enough, thousands and thousands of jobs were created. Sadly, ...

Climate change letter misquotes statistics

It was stated in a letter to the editor on Dec. 29 that “Human-caused climate change is no longer a debate. … 98 percent of climate ‘experts’ agree that climate change is anthropogenic, resulting primarily from the burning of fossil fuels.” This is the most often misquoted statistic ...

Trump probably will be impeached in first year

It is my understanding that the Electoral College was established mainly to guarantee that a qualified person would become president and that the election would not be manipulated by outside sources. It does not necessarily reflect the will of the majority. To the first point, Donald Trump, ...

Safe sidewalks and crossing zones vital

Amid flashing lights, screeching tires and a near miss, some how students manage to cross at 17th Street and Ninth Avenue before the light changes. Right-of-way is not something taken seriously in Altoona. In fact, many students have the right-of-way with a walking pedestrian signal. However, ...

Wagner should resolve to restore funding, jobs

I, along with my fiancee, Melissa Fisher, worked for the Altoona Unemployment Compensation office for nearly nine years each. On that last day of our employment, Dec. 19, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. was stopping each car as they tried to exit the parking lot at the end of their shift, ...

Pennsylvania gov’t lets workers down

What did closing two complete offices of the Pa. Unemployment Offices prove? Why, if the system wasn’t working, did the regular day-to-day employees get the boot? They are not the ones responsible for the problems. They go to work every day and do their job. The problem is not theirs to ...

Commissioners have sold us down river

What a shame that Blair County doesn’t have normal people for commissioners. We must get the bottom of the barrel all the time. Why don’t they just admit that they know nothing about what they just did as far as reassessment is concerned? Waiting 58 years to reassess was just plain ...

Schools should strive for an earlier start

Schools should start at 8 or 8:30 a.m. That way when it is cold, kids do not need to miss their first two classes of the day, and we should stick to Eastern Standard Time. If schools start later, kids will not be out in the dark waiting for buses, and we will have longer days. Kids will ...

Too much food wasted at AASD

I am a student in the 11th grade at Altoona Area High School, and I often work in the school cafeteria. We students help to prepare and serve the lunches each day after they are brought in by the school district. I am appalled at the amount of food waste that is happening. Pounds of ...

Star illuminates Brush Mountain

I want to give a holiday shoutout to the family living on Kettle Road toward Sinking Valley, that has illuminated Brush Mountain with a big beautiful bright star for as long as I can remember. A few years ago, all of my children were home for Christmas (they are in their 30s) and I heard them ...

‘Our duty’ to hold Trump accountable

Concerning the election of Donald Trump, Democrats are now being asked to accept the electoral results and told to “get over it.” How quickly the Trump supporters forget the well-documented efforts of the Republicans immediately upon President Barack Obama’s first inauguration to oppose ...

Local residents being ‘gouged’

OK, Blair County has doubled taxes. Altoona is raising taxes 10 percent. The Altoona Water Authority is raising water sewer rates. My question is: How can we draw business and industry to the area when the people that live here can’t afford to own a home? Will someone please wake up and ...