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Letters to the Editor

Labor council issues election endorsements

The Blair Bedford Central Labor Council would recommend the following candidates for your vote, they are as follows: Blair County commissioner Ted Beam, Laura Burke and Bruce Erb. For mayor of Altoona — Mark Geis, and we urge you to write Mike Leonard in for Altoona City Council. Logan ...

Pacifico believes in fostering community

I have had the pleasure of working with Mayor Matt Pacifico in conjunction with the startup of a few Little Free Libraries I wished to install in the city. Pacifico immediately saw the value in their promoting literacy and fostering a positive community. He was very quick to connect me with ...

Erb, Beam have shown they can work together

A county commissioner has a great impact on the lives of Blair County residents. Oversight of county operations, including protecting vulnerable children and public safety issues affecting communities are vital. In this time of polarized politics, county commissioners must transcend the ...

Kaneshiki strives for accountability

I will be voting for Lois Kaneshiki for re-election to the Hollidaysburg Area School Board on Nov. 5 because of her spirit of service. She understands we need accountability for spending $14,000 per student every year in our district. She understands there is more to accountability than test ...

Erb deserving of another term

On election day, Blair County residents will elect county commissioners and voters will have the opportunity to vote for two candidates. I am asking you to join me in voting for Bruce Erb as one of your selections and elect him for another term. Erb graduated from the CCAP Academy for ...

‘Liver and onions never tasted better’

I had lunch at King’s Restaurant on Oct. 6, about 2:30 p.m. I asked for my bill and my waitress said someone paid for my lunch. What a blessing and a great surprise. I just want to say thank you and I will pay it forward. Generosity is alive and well in Altoona. My liver and onions ...

AASD traffic flow must be addressed

It is time to rework traffic patterns permanently around the expanding Altoona Area High School complex, the senior and junior high, to create a safer and more secure campus for students and school personnel, and to improve traffic flow. The school buildings are already sprawled across ...

Erb has proven he’s leader, problem solver

I have known Bruce Erb for over 30 years and have always found him to be man of integrity, a visionary and a problem solver. Additionally, and most importantly to me, Erb is a listener and a person who looks to be a person who unites. In a world where people scream to get their points ...

Fair districts should not be partisan issue

As a recent letter writer pointed out, this year’s election of two Superior Court judges is an important one. The writer’s reasoning for supporting the candidates she endorses is flawed. The letter implies that by declaring the 2011 map unconstitutional, the Superior Court was in ...

Burke will provide ‘breath of fresh air’

What a breath of fresh air that a new breed of younger, energetic candidates is stepping up across the state and nation. Laura Burke is a prime example. She is involved in our community (WISE Women Board, Blair Regional YMCA, Family Services Inc.) while raising four children. She has ...

Beam, Erb can build on their expertise

County-level government leaders and officials are charged with a very important responsibility — providing vital services and programs — to protect the health, safety and welfare of their residents. In this day and age of escalating cost and belt-tightening budgets, our county ...

Editorial presented as fact and it wasn’t

I was deeply disturbed by the editorial in the Sept. 26 issue titled “Dems expose Biden.” The editorial states as fact that the only reason for a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump is because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “smells blood in the water” for Biden and ...

Don’t overlook municipal elections

The average American won’t vote in the 2019 election. We are busy, and it’s not a presidential or congressional year. Off-year elections often draw only 15-20 percent of voters. Let me try to change your mind. Local elections impact your everyday life. County commissioners oversee ...

Deterioration: Do we care?

When something of magnitude is built to be strong and useful becomes neglected and left to surrounding forces, it begins to crumble and slowly disappear from its original purpose or fulfillment. This appears to be the way our great foundational beginning with the United States of America, ...

No time for politics in Hollidaysburg

A community’s reputation is determined in large part by the reputation of its schools. People want to live where they know their children will receive a quality education, be kept safe and be treated with respect. They want their kids prepared for the future. In Hollidaysburg, we are ...

Ruskin speed dilemma: Please put safety first

Ruskin Drive-California Avenue is basically a country road with many perils. Three very bad accidents occurred recently along the curved section of road: Four teenagers crashing into a large tree carried there by inertia; a motorcycle crossing the road and skidding over 100 feet out of ...

The election you’re not thinking about

There’s an important election on Nov. 5 that you’re probably not thinking about. Pennsylvania will elect two Superior Court judges who will rule over the laws of our land and have wide latitude to use their own judgment on extremely important matters. While we elect legislators for ...

Country needs help from a higher power

My letter is one to address the apparent scourge of socialism, liberalism and communism that is permeating our United States of America. Here we are, witnessing the upheaval and disruption of our Judeo-Christian values and ideals that our founding fathers formulated in the Bill of Rights ...

Nichols would be asset to Hollidaysburg board

I want to express the endorsement and support for Manny Nichols of Duncansville, who will to be on the ballot in Allegheny Township for Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Nichols is a good neighbor, a friend and general contractor who has only the best of interest in seeing that our township ...

Erb’s background important to county

Bruce Erb’s financial background has proven to be valuable by working diligently in order to implement cost savings to the county over the past three years of office. His efforts to increase transparency and understanding of county operations while also seeking out better methods for ...