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Letters to the Editor

Toomey must reject EPA appointment

Scott Pruitt once said of the climate change debate that “dissent is not a crime.” I couldn’t agree more, but because of the hundreds of thousands of dollars donated to his campaigns by the fossil fuel industry, he is blinded by ignorance. Human-caused climate change is no longer a ...

Property taxes grossly unfair

We have a tax for this and we have a tax for that. It seems like we have a tax for everything. When the county and especially the school districts need more revenue, they will say they have to raise the millage rate or raise taxes. Since the property tax generates the lion’s share of ...

Despite management, Pennsylvania thriving

In the Mirror article on Dec. 15 titled “Lean budget year could bring changes,” it was stated that there is a projected Pennsylvania budget shortfall of $600 million. Our state is thriving, albeit for a lack of fiscal management. Pennsylvania is ranked sixth in the United States for its ...

Keith perfect spot for a family park

The Keith Athletic Complex is a prime spot for a park, for family recreation and fun. I have pulled the little ones on sleds there and watched kids playing and people out walking. It should be utilized as a center-city park, as you won’t find a more desirable and historic spot. We spend ...

Support Bill 76

I agree with State Rep. Jim Cox on House Bill 76. The only problem I have with this bill is if the owner is making money or any kind of income off of the property then a tax should be paid. Contact your local state representatives and ask them to vote for this bill. Homeowners have paid ...

Legislators’ raises hard to swallow

Magicians use slight of hand to fool people, get your attention on one hand so you don’t know what the other is doing. That’s what legislators in Harrisburg do, but instead of fooling people, they’re deceiving them. On Nov. 24, a small article in the Mirror said lawmakers will get a ...

Rep. on gas tax: It’s hurting taxpayers

With Pennsylvania’s gasoline tax of 51.4 cents per gallon already the highest in the nation — and another 8-cents-per-gallon hike set for Jan. 1 — it’s time to remind you that this is why I voted against the transportation bill that became Act 89 of 2013. In an attempt to stave off ...

Mall play area brings happiness

It’s good to see that the new play area at the Logan Valley Mall is up and running. There are lots of happy faces and plenty of room for the adults to sit and observe. The jungle gym is wonderful; climbing and sliding is always a favorite. The shoe rack and nice carpeting with bright ...

Kindness appreciated

On Dec. 2, I was involved in a rollover on Charger Highway. I would like to thank the woman who took me into her warm home and comforted me and gave me a towel to put over my injured arm. In my heart, I feel she was my guardian angel that day until the paramedics showed up. Terry Wilkes ...

Pennsylvania needs out-of-box thinking

As state representative of the people of the 81st Legislative District and someone who is opposed to seeking tax increases to solve budget problems before every other avenue has been exhausted, I was pleased to hear the leadership team of the House Republican Caucus last week publicly express ...

Troubling trend with Social Security

I am sorry to hear that letter writer Ed Leipold is not getting a raise in his Social Security. But how would he feel if he was going to get $2 less than last year? Also, the year before that I got a $1 less, so in two years, I am losing $3. How about that. Think how I feel. Richard ...

Clinton ‘deplorables’ came out in force

The recent stupidity in the streets of many cities showed Hillary Clinton to be partially correct. Only it was her “basket of deplorables” who rioted because she was not selected by the voters. Clinton is an egotistical, power-hungry woman. Organizations like Black Lives Matter ...

Area fortunate to have Shuster

Congratulations to Congressman Bill Shuster on his re-election to the House of Representatives. Shuster is chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Amtrak was in the process of closing the Altoona train station. Shuster interceded and was able to keep the station ...

Altoona should be pedestrian friendly

Flashing lights, screeching tires and a near miss but somehow students manage to cross the street on 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 ...

Woman thankful for trio’s kindness

On Dec. 7, I went to the Park Hills Plaza to do business in one of the shops. When I arrived at my destination, I discovered I had a flat tire. There was no way I could change it. As I was leaving the place of business, a couple was entering. I asked if they could change a tire. The ...

Concerned about Trump in office

As Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead approaches 3 million, I consider myself part of the silenced majority of Americans who cast their vote for her and who are very worried about the future — both near and far-off future. My concerns are so many it is hard to put into words. My ...

‘Nothing fair’ on reassessment

I hope a lot of other people on fixed  incomes especially will unite together and fight our corrupt commissioners. We need to stand together as Aaron Ritchey said and fight this reassessment. We need to contact an attorney from another county to represent all of the people who have been so ...

Nurses question UPMC commitment

As registered nurses at UPMC Altoona, we were extremely disheartened by the Dec. 5 story in the Mirror regarding UPMC’s ongoing lawsuit against CBIZ (“Company requests UPMC lawsuit dismissal.”) Specifically, we were both surprised and dismayed by UPMC’s contention that, had it known ...

Altoona needs new Christmas decorations

The city of Altoona does all kind of improvements, which are great for us. We have a new park at the foot of the bridge approaching the hospital, and there are new colored lights at the skating rink for the skateboarders. So why in heaven’s name can’t the city find some resources to ...

City, school district ‘piling on’ reassessment

Well, as I predicted, it didn’t take long for the other shoe(s) to drop. The county, city and school district jumped on the let’s-get-the-most from the new reassessment train. These leaders are so out of touch they only see what is in it for us, what amount of the pie can we get. The ...