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Letters to the Editor

Touched by fan’s act of kindness

On Friday, May 20, my husband and I took our grandson to celebrate his fourth birthday at the Curve game.I thought it would be nice for him to receive a Andrew McCutchen bobblehead for a remembrance of the game. Unfortunately, all the bobbleheads were given away before we arrived even though we ...

Area benefits from Shuster’s experience

Regarding the cartoon in the Feb. 28 edition of the Mirror depicting Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, as favoring the airline industry, I don't believe that's the case.I believe that the majority of congressmen in Washington are close to some industry or another - coal, gas, oil, etc.Shuster ...

Seniors enjoy evening at AAHS

On behalf of all the senior citizens who attended the dance at Altoona Area High School, we would like to thank everyone who was involved in making it such a wonderful evening.We enjoyed dancing to the music of the school band, the delicious food and especially the students who joined in the ...

Recently signed act sets Mississippi back

Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed Mississippi's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.Mississippi's governing bodies state that the legality of this law comes from the Federal RFR Act of 1993.The Federal RFRA of 1993 came about after two members of the Native American Church in Oregon were fired ...

Penn Lincoln working ‘to change the label’

Overcrowded, low-performing, poor - Penn Lincoln.Know-it-alls, close-minded, do whatever they want - city of Altoona leaders.These are not kind words or labels that people want to have put upon them.I personally don't like labels. I also don't believe these labels fit either the school or our ...

In eight years, Obama ‘accomplished nothing’

President Barack Obama was on television on May 6 telling everybody that Donald Trump's record needs examined.It certainly wouldn't take long to examine Obama's record. Everything Obama has done has failed, and he put the United States in the worst financial dilemma we've ever seen.Obama said ...

Voters should weigh choices better this time

Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas is correct in his opinion that President Barack Obama is undermining the rule of law in this country.The Obama administration has had no use for the constitution laws and has done everything with its progressive agenda to destroy it.What does it tell the citizens of ...

Heroin arrest numbers do not add up

This is in response to the news on May 23, which was dominated by yet another drug bust in the Altoona area.The Blair County DA's office, the attorney general and the rest of the system are only fooling the sheep.Every few months, the news goes on and on about a large drug bust and how the DA's ...

Don’t lose sight of Memorial Day meaning

1. It's a three-day weekend.2. Get the hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, beer, pop, chips, etc.3. Don't forget the charcoal.4. Mom wants to go to all the sales.5. Make sure the family knows what time the picnic starts.6. All the car dealers, furniture stores and others having big sales - got to make ...

Fort Roberdeau proves it’s anything but boring

As the director of Fort Roberdeau, I am obliged to defend our Blair County Revolutionary War Fort.I do not want the Mirror readership to think the bored Tinkerson cartoon character is reality compared to the more than 2,500 students from 30 schools in our seven-county region who participate ...

Kaneshiki comments didn’t offend

I wish to add to the letter written by Maria Brandt (May 24, "School director wording offensive.")Lois Kaneshiki did not in any way use the word retarded to describe a human being.The standards for politically correct language change from month to month, and I find it difficult to keep up with ...

‘Boring’ cartoon shot at history

As a small business owner interested in taking my children to sites such as Fort Roberdeau, I found the "Take it From the Tinkersons" Fort Boring cartoon insulting.It takes a cheap swipe at the hard work of the dedicated historical interpreters. It also suggests a lack of dedication by hard ...

Let club play music outside

The headline on the May 19 Cesare Battisti article should have read "People with vendetta against club not OK with changes."I think the only people not in favor of the outdoor shows are people with axes to grind with the club.We need to stop wasting taxpayer money and tell these people to ...

Life Skills students teach valuable lessons

I had the privilege to attend the graduation celebration for the Altoona Area High School Life Skills students.Having become friendly with one of the families and participants through Miracle League, I was invited and attended mainly to show admiration and support for the students and give a ...

School director wording offensive

I am writing in reference to the May 19 apology by Hollidaysburg Area School Board member Lois Kaneshiki.Kaneshiki used the word "retarded" on a Facebook post. She later apologized at a school board meeting, stating she did not realize the word was offensive.The fact that she used language to ...

Masses are just a smokescreen

Sexual abuse is not only an event or an episode.More importantly, it is a traumatic event that has a life-long impact on individuals - their work, their relationships and their families. Recent developments in the theory of epigenesis suggests abuse even impacts cellular structure.An apology ...

Donors should not face higher premiums

Many living organ donors today experience higher premiums or denial of insurance coverage based solely on their status as a donor.But hopefully not for long.In late February, the Living Donor Protection Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate and in the House of Representatives.This bill will ...

Cambria center provides comfort

On Nov. 2, 2015, it was determined that my husband needed intensive skilled nursing care.At this time there were extremely limited options in Blair County for placement for him. Through the assistance of local agencies, I was guided to Cambria Care Center in Ebensburg.Imagine my uncertainty in ...

Saint Mary’s hopes to be considered

I was amused to see my picture on the front page of the May 10 issue of the Mirror, showing me sharing my concerns with the Altoona Area School Board, and disappointed that your reporter did not mention those concerns in the accompanying article.Ten of us from Saint Mary's Parish attended the ...

Marriage won’t solve pedophilia

Recently there have been several editorials expressing the opinion that if priests were allowed to marry, they would not resort to sexually abusing young boys.The correct term for someone who abuses young children would be "pedophile." How would being married change this behavior?If these ...