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Letters to the Editor

For Clinton and women, ‘historic moment’ here

This is a historic moment for women.It took 72 years of grueling effort to get the right to vote. From July 1848 until August 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified, the suffragettes worked tirelessly to get that right.Women have had the right to vote for 96 years.Now, for the first time in ...

Kaneshiki following in Trump’s footsteps

If you say a lie enough times it becomes the truth.The recent Hollidaysburg Area School Board controversy regarding Lois Kaneshiki highlights the fact that in our current political climate, all Republican candidates, whether on the local or national stage, feel that if they lie enough, it ...

Commissioners belong in land of Oz

You have to laugh or maybe cry when you think how the citizens of Blair County voted in the commissioners of today believing they would work for and not against the taxpayers, which they are doing with this reassessment.A lot of taxpayers are going to end up homeless after working and saving to ...

Reassessment process backfires on taxpayers

The reassessment appeals process is as bad as the actual inaccurate assessment.The first appeal is useless, and the second appeal requires an attorney to push through all the roadblocks put in place by our commissioners.The expense alone will limit most who may need to appeal but can not ...

9th District race pits ‘elitists vs. people’

Is your vote for sale?Fire truck grants magically appeared throughout the 9th District recently because someone wants to buy your vote.Do you really think this makes him good for our area, or that this same money will not be available if you elect his opponent?Americans are growing sick of ...

Democrats ‘pro-choice, not pro-abortion’

Some Catholics may be having difficulty deciding who their choice for president should be.Often abortion is one of the hot issues. To clarify, Democrats are "pro-choice," not "pro-abortion."Also, there are many pro-life Democrats.Democrats also care deeply about children after they are born ...

Kindergarten is glorified day care

This is in defense of school board member Lois Kaneshiki's remarks about kindergarten being glorified day care.Let's take a look at the activities in both that are common. Snack time, nap time, play time, instructional time and socialization skill enhancement are activities throughout the ...

Whoa, slow down: Amtrak needs staff

May I add to the Sept. 18 Amtrak "de-staff" article, handicap assistance to wheelchairing by staff to arriving or departing passengers may make it impossible for passengers.Officials making these no-staff needed decisions should take a ride on the rails.I personally can describe and commend ...

Kaneshiki stance ‘a heartless blow’

Contrary to some people's opinion, the "no" vote by Hollidaysburg school board member Lois Kaneshiki on a motion for an entry level long-term substitute kindergarten teacher was not given in order to be fiscally responsible.If all the students combine into three classrooms, then, according to ...

Voting preference: Change politicians

Vote, whatever you do, vote.Our founders made sure that the only way we can lose our freedoms is by taking them for granted.I assure you, either by corruption, or by a personal agenda, or pure stupidity, most of our politicians and bureaucrats do not care about you.Complacency and blind trust ...

Too rich, too old

How many Americans realize Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are old?Clinton is 68, and Trump is 70. Both are rich, both are old, and both are out of touch with middle and low-income Americans.Dan MeckesAltoona

Favor intellect over emotion

As American citizens, we have the privilege and responsibility of casting a vote for the leader of the free world in this upcoming November election.Before we make our final choice, we must remind ourselves that our president faces enormous challenges every day.In each situation, our president ...

Halvorson is preferred choice

This election may be our last chance to save America.It is critical that we vote to remove career politicians from Washington. For the first time this November, we are blessed to have a principled conservative running in the 9th Congressional District as an alternative to the corrupt Shuster ...

Kaneshiki must remember her mission

The recent news article about the Hollidaysburg Area School District substitute teacher vote failing concerned me for several reasons.As a retired Altoona teacher/elementary school counselor and a taxpayer in Hollidaysburg, I was disappointed by the comments made by board member Lois ...

Kaneshiki deserves credit for her stance

Lois Kaneshiki has taken a classically conservative stance since assuming her position on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, and I applaud her for it.She is willing to make unpopular, politically incorrect observations when no one else is willing to do so.It would be wonderful to see ...

For state liquor system, more work remains

Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf took steps this year to modernize the commonwealth's liquor system, but work remains.State Rep. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland) recently introduced legislation, House Bill 2357, which will help expand consumer access and protect jobs.Reese would create a ...

Stealing Trump signs immature, won’t work

To the individual(s) who stole the Trump presidential signs from the yards of the homes on Sycamore Street, I have only this to say:"Your obvious political party is known for stealing elections; I guess it only stands to reason that you would stoop so low as to steal political signs also."You ...

Kaneshiki should ‘get out of the way’

"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."- ConfuciusI suggest Hollidaysburg Area School District School Board member Lois Kaneshiki seek some real knowledge about kindergarten classrooms.There are children with experiences different than her daughter's experiences and ...

Board member misses vital data

The Sept. 15 edition of the Mirror featured an article titled "Substitute teacher vote fails."It states that Hollidaysburg School Board member Lois Kaneshiki cast the singular no vote for creating an entry-level, long-term substitute teaching position in order to keep kindergarten class ...

Could Calif. lower drug prices for all?

California may soon drive a hole through Washington's tolerance for - and protection of - price gouging on drugs.A measure on the November ballot, Proposition 61, would bar state agencies from paying more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does.Congress ...