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Opinion

Schmitt would represent new era

Letters to the Editor

I live in 2nd Ward, 1st Precinct in Altoona. I’ve worked the polls in my area on multiple occasions. It is clear that few people turnout on election day. They no longer believe elected representatives understand where they’re coming from or care about their plight. They’ve been ...

Kiss, Schmitt are strong leaders

Letters to the Editor

Dan Kiss and Lou Schmitt are two candidates who need to be elected to the House and Senate in Harrisburg this May. Vote for a big change from political corruption. The bad policies in Harrisburg need changed now. Dan Kiss and Lou Schmitt are aggressive and unafraid to confront the powerful ...

Bream values are ‘real Republican’

Letters to the Editor

I am a Republican because I believe in the principles articulated in our party’s platform. It emphasizes the sanctity of human life. It endorses the free enterprise system as the best way to grow an economy. It supports choice in education so that our resources are always focused on ...

Bedford DA must be transparent

Editorials

William Higgins’ successor as Bedford County district attorney, Lesley Childers-Potts, has embarked on her new responsibility commendably. Thrust into her new role virtually without notice, Childers-Potts has set out to restore the public’s trust in the DA’s Office — trust that was ...

Address ‘unmistakable stigma of mental illness’

Letters to the Editor

Despite the negative comments that I expect to occur from my letter, I felt motivated to write. I can understand both sides of the gun control issue. However, in my opinion, there is a common thread throughout the majority of the tragedies that have occurred over the past 20 years — mental ...

Gregory will build relations, consensus

Letters to the Editor

I have known Jim Gregory for about five years, and I believe he is a worthy candidate for the 80th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Gregory genuinely cares about people. This is reflected by the way that he listens to others and invests his time in getting to ...

Schmitt, with local roots, ‘man of people’

Letters to the Editor

I have known Lou Schmitt, candidate for state representative from the 79th District, for over 40 years. Lou is homegrown, a lifelong resident. He grew up in Altoona on Dutch Hill, went through Altoona Area High School and Saint Francis University and has been living, raising his family, and ...

Bream would be ‘great’ state rep

Letters to the Editor

I was born in Nazi Germany during World War II and emigrated to the United States as a child. While the worst of the Nazi regime is not happening in America today, a lot of the fascism and governmental abuse of citizens is going on. That’s why I joined the Blair County Tea Party in 2010 ...

Tyrone Auxiliary feels victimized

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in regard to the person or persons who reported our Tyrone Hospital Auxiliary to the state for its soup and bake sale. I can’t believe there are people who are so cruel, mean, vindictive and so unChristianlike. These volunteers have raised thousands and thousands of dollars ...

Spending consumes our future

Editorials

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said he is leaving Congress because he doesn’t want his children to reach adulthood having experienced only a “weekend dad.” After 20 years in Congress, Ryan’s decision is understandable in that light. But one wonders if Ryan, R-Wis., may ...

Hollidaysburg should make peace, not keep it

Letters to the Editor

The concern the Mirror expressed for the welfare of Hollidaysburg in April 8 editorial is admirable. Your editorial also serves as a perfect example of the real problem in this borough and in communities across central Pennsylvania. Hollidaysburg’s problem, as you see it, is ...

Creek’s servitude makes him unique

Letters to the Editor

I recently spoke with two men running for the seat in the 80th House District. They appear to be men of faith and high moral character. Both supported Second Amendment rights, both agree with me on the severity of the opioid crisis and how steps need to be taken to help those in need. With ...

Bream track record speaks for itself

Letters to the Editor

At a recent political event, I briefly met Lou Schmitt and heard him speak. He’s very impressive, smooth and polished. He is a very credible opponent for Sharon Bream. What I say will not detract from that. I have known Bream through involvement in mutual political activities for a good ...

Halvorson, Bream share same values

Letters to the Editor

On May 15, I will be voting for Art Halvorson for Congress and for Sharon Bream for state representative. Halvorson has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 30 years and even as a rescue helicopter pilot. The past six years, he has been a tireless promoter of reform in our federal ...

Gregory has ‘real feel for the people’

Letters to the Editor

I think Jim Gregory, a candidate for the office of representative in the 80th District, is the best person for the job. I have talked to Gregory, discussing many topics. He is genuinely concerned about issues that affect our lives and is willing to talk with people about the issues that ...

Airstrikes message to many

Editorials

Syria was not the only, or even the most important, target in Friday’s attack on chemical weapons facilities in that country. The focus was on deterring use of such fearsome armaments by any nation. Bashar Assad, Syria’s murderous dictator, has used chemical agents on his own people in ...

Impeach Trump, before it’s too late

Letters to the Editor

By the time this is printed, you can be sure it will seem to be old news, as other people serving in the White House will have been fired. Donald Trump has already floated the idea that he doesn’t need a chief of staff. When Trump called Vlad­imir Putin to congratulate him on winning ...

Bream perfect pick to succeed McGinnis

Letters to the Editor

The upcoming election will include choosing a new state representative for the retiring John McGinnis. McGinnis has done a fabulous job, and there is one candidate who can continue that fine work. Sharon Bream has proven to work hard for the taxpayers. As an Altoona Area School Board ...

Gregory ‘clear choice’ for 80th District

Letters to the Editor

When it comes to the Republican primary for the 80th Pennsylvania House of Representatives this year, there is a clear choice. Jim Gregory is the candidate that really cares about the citizens. He didn’t run because of some underlying political agenda. He didn’t run just for something to ...