Letters to the Editor

PA needs coal fleet for reliable future

I support coal. Period. While the United Sates electricity grid has historically relied upon a diverse mix of electricity sources such as natural gas, nuclear and renewables — coal is a constant. Coal-fired power plants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And these plants have ...

Irwin will help promote, protect properties

I have been involved in the business of residential and commercial real estate in the city of Altoona for many years, and during that time, I have known Meghan Farrell Irwin and support her campaign for election as magisterial district judge. Magisterial District Number 24-1-02 is comprised ...

Commissioners send mixed messages

The way Blair County commissioner Terry Tomasetti and his cohorts are blowing all the money on the courthouse makes one wonder why he was so eager to sell Valley View Home and surrounding ground. This was an icon to Blair County and never should have been sold. This was the oldest home for ...

Irwin most qualified for district judge

As a former Blair County commissioner, I urge all eligible voters to support and vote for Meghan F. Irwin to succeed Todd Kelly as magisterial district judge. I have known Irwin for many years and find her to be conscientious, caring and an advocate for the law. She is a graduate of Notre ...

Irwin ‘warrants voter confidence’

“To be or not to be” sent to trial. That is the basic question a magisterial justice is asked to determine. Making that choice is of critical consequence — to the plaintiff, the defendant and ultimately, the community. Judgment nuances are not always clearly defined, simple or ...

Prijatelj’s math adds up to politics

First let me state that I do not live in the Altoona Area School District, but I read with interest the comments of AASD Superintendent Charles Prijatelj where he stressed that the tax increase will only be $70 per year for the average taxpayer. It is obvious that Prijatelj is destined for a ...

Jones has attributes to be district judge

Integrity, fairness, dedication and common sense are qualities of an effective magisterial district judge. Ben Jones has these attributes. Jones has ascended in the ranks of the Altoona Police Department and demonstrated his leadership abilities by attaining the rank of lieutenant and ...

Excessive travel to memorial questioned

Why did the Altoona Area School District send students to State College to see the Vietnam Memorial when we have a perfect model at our VA hospital five minutes from the school? Joe Maschue Altoona

‘Using the whole buffalo — priceless’

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, some water head pulls out a soap box and spews a drunken, myopic twaddling for the woebegone. With the abysmal public view of our electeds, Rep. John McGinnis among them, I’m scratching my head wondering why anyone who shines such a peevish ...

US needs lesson from Australia

In 1971, I entered the United States Army. My destiny was sealed by an anonymous clerk in an anonymous office in an anonymous place: I was to be an Infantry­man. Over the next six months, I underwent training in the art of efficiently killing human beings. I learned that one could ...

AHS 60th reunion ‘monumental’

The 60th reunion of Altoona High School’s Class of 1957 had many highlights. It took place Sept. 22-23 at the Casino at Lakemont. Friday night started off with a musical recording, “Class of 1957” by the Statler Brothers, the class song “Dear A.H.S.,” written by Neil Port and the ...

Players in protest just don’t get it

Don’t you feel sorry for the beleagured NFL players? They are so put upon. Poor babies. They play a 60-minute game once a week and get paid millions of dollars to do so. When they kneel during the playing of the national anthem, I wonder what they are thinking. They should be thinking of ...

Jones ‘perfect fit’ for district judge

Ben Jones is the perfect fit for the next district judge. Holding a certification under the Pa. Constitution for magisterial district judge, Jones has the background and absolute experience to serve our community the way it needs to be served — the right way. Jones has repeatedly shown ...

Kagarise has shown leadership qualities

This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect seven new statewide judges. The Republicans have a strong slate of judicial candidates up this year, including Blair County’s own Court of Common Pleas Judge, Wade Kagarise. It has been more than 88 years since Blair County has ...

Kreuz will help control spending

Children deserve to have the very best education that our community can afford to provide. This year’s Altoona Area’s School Board election will elect candidates who will represent our citizens’ viewpoints of how much our community can afford to provide. The proposal is currently ...

McGinnis-bashing needs to stop now

I hope and pray that editorial contributors of the Mirror are finished bashing state Rep. John McGinnis of the 79th Legislative District. Truth be told, we should bow in reverence to the man and thank him unconditionally for bringing to light the true purpose of the hippie movement of the ...

Flag flies proudly over SFU, Loretto

Words of commendation and thanks to the Third Order Regular Franciscan Brothers and Priests who reside at Mount Assisi Monastery in Loretto. As a collegian and seminary student at Saint Francis College (now university) in Loretto, I discovered a stately flag pole erected on the property by ...

‘Smell of money’ ruining the NFL

The Steelers and the NFL, which I have loved for so many years, are gone. They have been replaced by an organization that is a sad version of the original. What the Steelers and all those other teams did during their national anthem protests was a slap in the face to all those people who ...

Jones ready to be district justice

I have known Ben Jones for most of his adult life. He’s a hard-working Altoona police officer and a family man. I worked alongside him when I was district justice. I’ve seen firsthand his ability to get the job done, but mostly the professional way he did it, caring for victims of ...

Don’t underestimate importance of voting

On Nov. 7, there will be a general election in Pennsylvania. Since there are no national candidates running in this “off year,” the voter turnout is typically low with about two-thirds or more of the registered voters not participating. Central Pennsylvania is a significant voting ...