Opinion

Diocese’s mission is to save itself

Letters to the Editor

Pinocchio has nothing on Bishop Mark Bartchak, Tony DeGol and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. The claim that they are interested in helping the victims they sexually abused is a PR stunt. They responded only after two damning Pennsylvania grand jury reports and threats from federal ...

Generosity should rule the season

Editorials

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Trump’s support hard to understand

Letters to the Editor

We as Americans seem to find ourselves on a slippery slope in our democracy. Not in my lifetime have I ever thought that we would elect and support a man so lacking the ability to tell the truth or who has a modicum of humility, cons followers with hate speech/tweets, cannot and will not take ...

Tomassetti did what was right

Letters to the Editor

This article may surprise most people. I have been a very harsh critic of Terry Tomassetti, but he was right in all aspects. The reassessment and courthouse repairs were needed to secure our future. While I see more than a few flaws in the reassessment method, and it cost me personally quite ...

Hollidaysburg concert hits the right notes

Letters to the Editor

I attended the concert presented by the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus, directed by Sandy Harteis, and the Children’s Community Chorus, conducted by Bonnie Ebersole. Guest vocalists were Pastor John and Karen Godissart of Duncansville, serving a church in Hollidaysburg. What a delightful ...

Funeral brings sad reminder

Editorials

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Law lacks clarity on insurance

Editorials

AMED and other ambulance services across Pennsylvania are in the proverbial dark — and rightly concerned — about how much they ultimately will benefit from a new law dealing with reimbursements for situations in which transportation to a hospital isn’t needed. About all that can be ...

Clean Water Act can’t be repealed

Letters to the Editor

As nurses, we are deeply concerned about protecting our water. The Clean Water Rule protects about 60 percent of the nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans. Warming temperatures, more frequent intense storms, like ...

Trump is right to protect border

Letters to the Editor

If conditions in Honduras are so bad and they are leaving for the United States, why is the “mob” caravan waving Honduran flags and sending derogatory messages to President Donald Trump? Why not use the U.S. flag (rather than putting a swastika sign on it and then setting it on fire as ...

We need to reaffirm religious freedom

Letters to the Editor

As a senior sociology student at Juniata College, issues of civil rights and freedom to choose are important to my fellow classmates and me. The task this semester in Social Welfare Policies and Services is to follow a self-chosen piece of legislation. I personally chose H.Res. 1024. This ...

Gov’t should be footing bill for voting machines

Editorials

The Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee — and the General Assembly as a whole — need to take a close look at Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal that the state cover at least half the cost of voting machines that would leave a paper trail as a safeguard against hacking. Doing that would ...

Seeking real clarity on drug pricing

Other Commentaries

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar wants to make prescription drug pricing more transparent. We agree, but his well-intentioned plan will only confuse and mislead consumers. What’s the good of listing drug prices in advertising if almost no one pays that “list price?” ...

77 years later, still on guard

Editorials

Older Americans are well aware that two dates always should remain etched in the minds of the people of this nation. Younger Americans obviously are aware of the more recent of the two dates: Sept. 11, 2001, the day that this country was victimized by a four-pronged terrorist attack from the ...

At holiday time, don’t forget your trash hauler

Letters to the Editor

It’s the time of year that we remember those who help us during the year. And so we give gifts to our milkman, our newspaper carrier, the person who cuts our hair and so on. Often overlooked are the people that we can’t do without: our trash collectors. These hard working individuals ...

Bands deserve more exposure

Letters to the Editor

I am a senior citizen and a Penn State football fan, and I have a request. Instead of listening to recaps at halftime of what I just watched, I’d like to watch the Blue Band strut their stuff. Those young men and women work so hard. I think they deserve to be seen on TV and enjoyed at ...

President Bush tributes are well deserved

Letters to the Editor

I was honored and privileged to have been in the presence of three U.S. presidents. One of those meetings was up close and personal. In 1989, George H.W. Bush presented me with a citation that I was awarded while serving as a Navy officer. Because of that connection, I very closely followed ...

‘Hallelujah’ hits all the right notes

Letters to the Editor

In “Hallelujah,” we were privileged to see another excellent performance at the Mishler Theatre. The orchestra was fabulous, as always. The performers were all outstanding. I swear some of them could be on Broadway, and Dave and Paula were just as good as ever. I remember seeing them at ...

Kindness appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the nurse and son who called AMED and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived. Thank you to the lady with the ivory scarf who held me up and supported me and my shaky knees. And a thank you to the gentleman who helped look for my lost keys. Also a thank you to AMED ...

Drug prices: It’s time for change

Other Commentaries

The angry protests around the 2016 Mylan EpiPen scandal brought into focus the perils for patients when the price of a life-saving drug spikes precipitously. As a Type 1 diabetic who has been dealing with escalating insulin prices my whole life, I was heartened to see the outcry over our ...

More misdemeanors should be expunged

Letters to the Editor

Several years ago, Pennsylvania passed a law expanding the allowances on what criminal offenses could be expunged. While this helped some, it still left many single-time offenders with a record that cannot be erased, except through a pardon. Felonies are still excluded, as are first- and ...