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Letters to the Editor

Church must stress prevention

This is one of the most difficult letters for me to write, as it is a desperate criticism of my church.After reading the recent article published in the church "newsletter," The Catholic Register, dated Sept. 5, titled "What Happens When A Victim Calls Victim Services?"That article is OK and ...

Shining salute to patriotism

If you read Colin Kaepernick's biography in Wikipedia, you will learn that he has had nothing but success in both the classroom and in athletics.But somehow during 16 years in academia, his teachers, instructors and professors failed to teach him the meaning, and an understanding, of ...

Additional rail service would benefit region

I am writing in reference to the Mirror editorial entitled, "Rail Traffic requires joint effort" on Sept. 1.Having another passenger train from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh is extremely important and needs to be put into service before Christmas.People in Altoona have stated about a second train ...

Write in candidate before voting for Clinton

I'm hearing people say they don't like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but they'll just vote for Clinton. Don't vote for her just because you don't like him. You have the choice of a write-in vote.I don't understand how a military man or woman could vote for Clinton and have a clear ...

Some Democrats have short memories

With reference to the letter of Helen Casner in the Aug. 31 Mirror regarding the cartoon criticism of President Barack Obama's delay in visiting the recent Louisiana flood damage, I'm always amused by the selective amnesia of Democrats.Casner obviously forgot, or chose to forget, the Democratic ...

‘Voters hold key to curbing power’

Much like a narcotic, power can corrupt incumbent politicians - both Republican and Democrat.Washington's party incumbents are powered by enormous amounts of special-interest money they use for their re-election campaigns.The 2016 primary election in our 9th Congressional District was won by ...

Eichelberger sets record straight

A letter to the editor by Michele Gonsman published on Aug. 24 mischaracterized a discussion I had at a recent town hall meeting - a meeting she did not even attend - about the retroactivity provision in HB 1947.This bill affects the filing of civil action by victims of child sexual ...

‘Never Trumpers’ better wake up

To all Republicans: For those of you that can't seem to figure out what side of the fence you're on, you better get your head out of wherever you have it stuck.Our country is falling apart around us. President Barack Obama has run this country into the ground for almost eight years.The "Never ...

Halvorson ‘still a Republican’

The best choice for Congress in the 9th District is Art Halvorson, who serviced his country as a rescue pilot and commanding officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.He and his wife raised six children and are foster parents. He gives generous support to women facing crisis pregnancies and single ...

Courage to do the right thing

An Aug. 16 Mirror article referencing the town hall meeting discussion of the Senate's failure to support lifting the statute of limitations for past sex offenses reveals only a sliver of truth.Prior to the Senate's meetings with "experts," I was with a small group of victim advocates who met ...

Criticism of Obama unfounded

I found the cartoon on Friday's Opinion page quite offensive to our president.President Barack Obama has been criticized for not cutting his vacation short to go to Louisiana to tour the flood area.Most people do not bother to take into account that both the governor (Democrat) and the ...

Stories highlight scouts’ good work

It was quite refreshing to read the story on the front page of Monday's Mirror concerning "Church Bells to Ring Again."Also, in the past week you had a similar story concerning a young man from the Six Mile Run area that was preparing care packages that patients might need during their ...

County owes $672 of tax relief

When I received my reassessment letter this summer, I was pleased with my appraisal. I was also pleased with the fact that I'm one of the lucky third to receive a huge tax reduction - $21 a year.Finally, the long-promised tax relief I've been waiting for.It appears to me I've been overpaying my ...

Exactly what’s fair taxation?

Why did a 58-year interval exist between assessments?The math on many property assessments is erroneous. Property owners are held financially hostage to a few officials of governing bodies both local, state and federal.If a third of property owners received a tax increase, that is one third too ...

Parents can’t shirk their own responsibility

Our K through 12 education system does need to be brought into the 21st century, I agree, but it needs to start at the state and federal levels.We need a modern system that consolidates small and underperforming districts. We need to have a voucher system where parents can choose where to send ...

Legislators can’t vote against constitution

I thought we might be finished with people chastising legislators for not enacting legislation that would violate two constitutions.Backdating or eliminating current statutes of limitations for any crime would be an ex post facto law.The Pennsylvania constitution in Section 17 reads, "No ex ...

Dems covering their own guilt

Donald Trump's goal to block fraud is not misguided as the Mirror wasted type on an article by Ryan Brown.How soon people forget. The Republican poll watchers were removed during a major presidential election in Philadelphia. While they were out getting a court order to return, all Democratic ...

Resisting flag sets Altoona back

Hats off to Dan Stuckey, who should receive recognition for what he was trying to accomplish for the city of Altoona.To beautify and have the American flag fly with pride is to give merit to him.Dave Lutz should be commended for his letter of response. These are the sentiments of many people ...

Legislators ‘have no clue’

To anyone: If you are bothered about your taxes, just stop and think about who you voted for. You deserve whatever you get.The main problem is we have people who have no clue about what they are doing. If they have a problem, they look for someone who says they know a lot about the problem and ...

Feathers deserved to lose his position

Regarding Randy Feathers, who was forced to resign his position with the state: Excuse me?What right does this man have to feel sorry for himself? He sent sexually charged emails using the commonwealth email system.Shame on him and the others involved.What kind of morals do these people have? ...