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Opinion

DJ candidate Elensky ‘more than capable’

Letters to the Editor

Derek Elensky is running for magisterial district judge in District 24-3-04, which covers Claysburg, East Freedom, Roaring Spring and Martinsburg. Elensky has been a board member for the Blair/ Clearfield Association for the Blind since June 2012. When he commits himself to something, ...

Jones capable of filling district justice’s shoes

Letters to the Editor

Todd Kelly and Jeff Aurea have been stalwarts in the Altoona District Justice offices for many years. As they prepare to step down, I believe Altoona Police Lieutenant Ben Jones stands ready to capably fill District Justice Kelly’s shoes. Through hard work and perseverance, Jones has ...

Irwin Adams’ character, work ethic admired

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to publically endorse Kelly Irwin Adams for the AASD School Board. As my daughter’s lifelong friend and neighbor, I admire Adams for her character, dedication and work ethic. Adams was born and raised in Altoona and graduated salutatorian from AAHS in 1995. Upon ...

Gorsuch selection good call

Editorials

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means ...

Unions seem to be Eich’s ‘boogeyman’

Letters to the Editor

Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. is at it again, folks. As told in the Mirror recently, he is on a crusade to stop all union representation on school district time. This is a man bound and determined to solve every problem that doesn’t exist. Anyone who has ever belonged to a union knows ...

Irwin Adams would provide fairness

Letters to the Editor

School boards benefit when individual members have a comprehensive awareness of the scope of needs for students, issues for teachers, curriculum challenges, athletic opportunities and the overall district focus. As a former elementary teacher and an active PTA mom of three children in AASD, ...

Garner has proven she can be sheriff

Letters to the Editor

Following recent news stories regarding the similarities in viewpoint shared by the two Republican candidates for sheriff, citizens of Blair County may be wondering if they have a meaningful choice to make in that election. There is a candidate who stands out from the rest: Holly Garner. ...

Four have city headed in the right direction

Letters to the Editor

These four Altoona City Council members have shown leadership that will be just what the City of Altoona needs once Act 47 is a memory. They are Michael Haire, Dave Butterbaugh, Christine Jordan and Matt Cacciotti — all hard-working leaders. The City of Altoona needs these four, not a ...

Experience helps separate Clapper

Letters to the Editor

Voting is the people’s voice in government. Candidates should be selected on their experience, integrity and commitment to the community as a whole. Therefore, I am endorsing Scott A. Clapper for magisterial district judge of Altoona based largely on his dedication to church, family, ...

Fownes would serve community well

Letters to the Editor

H.T. Fownes has plans to help the working person who makes a mistake by looking at the idea of night court. His ideas for truancy would hold teens responsible again, rather than strapping families with fines for a teen’s lack of respect. I believe his willingness to attend magisterial ...

PSU frat crackdown right call

Editorials

Penn State University’s crackdown on fraternities and sororities should not have had to happen. Members of the university’s Greek-letter organizations are old enough to recognize dangerous, irresponsible, unlawful conduct, and the fact that they are subject to serious consequences if ...

DC march celebrates spirit of Earth Day

Letters to the Editor

On April 22 across the country and across the globe people who believe in evidenced-based research, accurate facts and the health of our communities will be “Marching for Science.” Recent news stating the Trump administration was instructing government researchers not to communicate with ...

Red lines matter to Trump

Editorials

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...

Growing war clouds don’t scare Israel

Letters to the Editor

I have watched the Middle East with growing anticipation. Bashar al-Assad’s six-year civil war wasn’t going anywhere. Iran was still in the infantile stages with its nuclear plans, and Hezbollah and ISIS were just considering a joint effort to control Syria and Iraq. But how quickly ...

Consiglio’s experience will protect victims

Letters to the Editor

No one wants to think about being a victim of a crime, but crime affects everyone. I know because I have seen it. As a past employee of the Victim/Witness program under the district attorney’s office, we worked with people who weren’t familiar with our program until they needed our ...

Halleck Place flag won’t fly with city

Letters to the Editor

For those who have followed, made a money pledge, or had any other interest in the possibility of placing a flagpole and U.S. flag on city property, it’s now a dead project. What I hoped to be a simple project started last June has been anything but an easy pursuit. The idea of ...

Budget passage must become state’s priority

Editorials

Without an approved budget in place when Pennsylvania’s fiscal year begins on July 1, Harrisburg should not be permitted to spend money outside the realm of vital services. If a budget isn’t passed and signed into law by 11:59 p.m. June 30, the Pennsylvania Treasury’s power to release ...

Gardeners deserve water accommodation

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the Altoona Water Authority rate study article published in the March 24 edition of the Mirror. The reasons cited for the study are logical enough. I take issue with tying sewage rates to consumption without some method of also providing residents the ability ...

Mariner East project coming at good time

Opinion

It’s fair to say that in today’s intense political climate, taking a stand to a vocal minority can be challenging, especially as it concerns disparate residents across the state. It’s a battle being waged not just here but across the country, and the consequences are real. Consumer ...

Elensky has experience for district magistrate

Letters to the Editor

I am fortunate to have been Derek Elensky’s coworker in the district attorney’s office for more than three years. Together, we worked on many cases, including two child abuse trials. One of those trials was particularly difficult because the child victim had to testify, and most of the ...