Opinion

Recommending five for Altoona board

Letters to the Editor

I would like to endorse the following five candidates for the Altoona Area School Board: Sharon Bream and Ron Johnston are currently on the board and are up for re-election. Eric Haugh is a partner at Pyramid Engineering and is a mechanical engineer. His knowledge will give insight to ...

Encouraging Bruces, Erb and Kelley

Letters to the Editor

This year, voters have an opportunity to elect two extremely qualified individuals to the Board of Commissioners. Over the past four years, Bruce Erb has addressed many issues that have often been ignored. He’s worked to reduce costs and prioritize our limited income. He’s worked to ...

#MeToo movement has gone to extremes

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the women who have voiced complaints against Joe Biden, why didn’t they confront him at the time instead of waiting months or years later? I’m sure he would have backed off and offered a sincere apology. For many of us, when we see someone who seems stressed or sad or scared, ...

Korean War veteran appreciates gesture

Letters to the Editor

On Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m., my son and I were eating supper at Denny’s. Behind my booth, a woman came in with one or two small children and were seated. The children were well behaved and quiet. I never saw them because my back was turned to them. When our waitress came to ...

Christ’s resurrection rises above all

Editorials

On this Easter Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate Jesus Christ’s resurrection, a sense of sorrow also prevails, due to Monday’s devastating fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, described by the Vatican as the symbol of Christianity in France and a great symbol of ...

County taxpayers should beware

Letters to the Editor

In response to Jan Mills Sr.’s letter on March 30 on home rule charter, why is it all right for Commissioner Terry Tomassetti to convince the taxpayers that home rule will be better than the form of government we have now? That’s his opinion. But it isn’t all right for commissioners ...

‘Honesty is loftier virtue than loyalty’

Letters to the Editor

Not all virtues are created equal. Loyalty is a virtue, but loyalty to an unworthy cause is dishonorable. Your editorial of April 10, “Cohen offer to Dems cheap trick,” implicitly condemns Michael Cohen for disloyalty to his former boss and kindred spirit. Cohen lied to Congress in ...

Fireworks ordinance confining

Editorials

The proposed fireworks ordinance introduced by Altoona City Council on April 10 is laudable in its intent but might not be enough to avoid a repeat of the dangerous, irresponsible fireworks mayhem that the city experienced last July 4. The city is limited in what new fireworks provisions it ...

Legislators should nix severance tax

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” fund sounds nice, but it’s really just a vehicle to impose another severance tax. He’s been unable to sell the severance tax to skeptical legislators in previous years, so now he’s trying to tie it in with a fund that would pay for flood ...

Erb should not be linked to reassessment

Letters to the Editor

I’m here to voice my support for Bruce Erb for Blair County commissioner. He not only has a proven record serving the county for his past term, but he has credentials throughout his life of 30 years in the banking industry that have honed him into the perfect candidate for the commissioner ...

‘Our hearts are with France’

Editorials

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

Supporting clean cars is moral imperative

Letters to the Editor

In Pennsylvania, transportation is a major source of health-harming smog and climate change emissions. In Blair County alone, there are 12,660 cases of pediatric and adult asthma as well as 7,528 cases of COPD. (American Lung Association State of the Air Report, 2018) Right now, the Alliance ...

Experience needed for commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I write to express my support for Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. I’ve known Kelley for a number of years and know him to be of honest and forthcoming character. During his time on Altoona City Council, Kelley has taken the lead on tough matters. His experience and character ...

Antis playground should be inclusive

Letters to the Editor

I am very concerned for the direction that Antis Township is taking regarding the installation of all-abilities playground equipment. I recently made a call and was informed by an Antis Township employee that the plans are currently to install all-abilities equipment at the small Fifth ...

Kelley has background to best serve county

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing on behalf of Bruce Kelley, a candidate for Blair County commissioner. I’ve known Kelley for many years and watched him grow up in the church where he developed his values. He is a man who loves his children and is actively involved with them. Kelley serves on Altoona ...

Antis playground should be inclusive

Letters to the Editor

I am very concerned for the direction that Antis Township is taking regarding the installation of all-abilities playground equipment. I recently made a call and was informed by an Antis Township employee that the plans are currently to install all-abilities equipment at the small Fifth ...

Kelley has background to best serve county

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing on behalf of Bruce Kelley, a candidate for Blair County commissioner. I’ve known Kelley for many years and watched him grow up in the church where he developed his values. He is a man who loves his children and is actively involved with them. Kelley serves on Altoona ...

Kelley has good skills to be commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I have had the honor of serving on Altoona’s City Council with Bruce Kelley since 2007. During that time, I witnessed Kelley’s tireless devotion to the city and its taxpayers. He and I have spent countless hours working together to improve the way of life for Altoona’s residents. ...

Ross has modernized coroner’s office

Letters to the Editor

I would like to endorse Coroner Patricia Ross for re-election. I have worked with Ross for more than 40 years as a funeral director and on the Coroner’s Child Death Review Committee. Ross has brought the coroner’s office from the 19th to the 21st century. She continues to take ...

Frederick will benefit Antis Twp.

Editorials

When John Frederick assumes his new role as Antis Township recreation and environmental code director today, he will be bringing with him an opinion that concurs with foresight demonstrated by the Blair County Planning Commission a half-century ago. Back then was when Altoona was beginning to ...