Letters to the Editor

Environmental concerns are vital

I am concerned about the destructive effects of petroleum-based fuels to run our machines. We have already raised the temperature two degrees Celsius on the average in the USA, especially near the Northwestern border near Canada. And every day millions of people turn over their vehicles’ ...

Democrats can only blame themselves

I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump because one was worse than the other. However, it was the conservative Democratic voters, along with the Democratic voters that hated liberal Hillary Clinton, who were responsible for Trump’s victory. No matter who the liberal Democrats ...

Cambria Heights must work to save its pool

Only we can save our Cambria Heights pool. The threat to remove this resource from our students and community is one that we, as a community, must come together over. It is rare to have such an asset outside the county seat or city, in a rural area. Our pool facilities are praised by ...

Arming teachers is not the answer

As a 25-year secondary public school teacher (now retired), I have concerns about guns in the classroom. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) says on its website, “Law enforcement officers who respond to an incident in a school could mistake for an assailant a ...

Politicians should be tested for mental fitness

As a Gulf War veteran — after reading an article about the Veterans Administration red flagging veterans — I wanted to comment on exposing the dangers of this back-door, unconstitutional, political-rights grabbing operation. Maybe we should turn the tables and publicly demand mandatory ...

State needs to clean up school property taxes

During the last off-year election cycle, Gov. Tom Wolf carried 17 out of 67 Pennsylvania counties. His challenger, Sen. Scott Wagner, carried the other 50. Quite a discrepancy. Wolf retained the governorship because he carried the most populous counties. Looking at a map of Pennsylvania ...

America can’t be fixed by turning back clock

Make America great again. It’s a catchy slogan but I’m not sure what that means. As an immigrant, I chose my American citizenship. I actually believe America is pretty great. I’m not a member of the “love it or leave it crowd.” I know there is room for improvement, and I think ...

Opportunity plentiful for contributing seniors

Most everyone knows that Blair Senior Services has two volunteer programs for seniors: The Senior Companion Program and the Foster Grandparent Program. But for those who don’t know about these programs, please let me encourage you to check into it. All low-income seniors (55 years and ...

Democrat is upset with her own party

Each election year, our choices for president get worse. Long gone are the times when people ran with the intelligence and commitment necessary to sustain the economy and protect the interests of diverse groups of people. Today, people are running, delivering promises that can’t be kept ...

Blame for violence is often misguided

Violence is evil, not political, and it’s been around since the dawn of time. The only difference now is we don’t come together in the aftermath of violence. We have to choose sides. We need to blame someone or something. Here’s who to blame: The sick person who killed people with ...

To fight blight, city needs cooperation

It’s not news to say that blight exists in Altoona. The first question to ask is not “What do we do about blight?” but rather, “Why does blight exist?” I believe that there two possibilities for the existence of blight. First, people are unable to do anything about it. ...

Personal crystal ball: Long winter looming

My father, Maurice McNulty, who died in 1975, always thought that the severity of any winter was in contrast to the severity of the previous summer — that if there was a cold, hard winter, the summer before was beautiful, and that if there was an easy winter, the summer before was ...

Hatred taking country in the wrong direction

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 6:50 a.m., I awoke and turned on the news to find a third mass shooting (California, Texas, Ohio) in the past week had occurred in the early morning hours while I slept. With tears in my eyes, I felt sadness, anger, sympathy, empathy, and horror all at the same time. Have ...

Persist for protection in Pennsylvania

This past weekend, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with 2,000 amazing individuals to discuss how we can prevent gun violence in our communities. While learning and pursuing ways to make our great country safe, we were deeply saddened to learn about not one, but two traumatic ...

Fire company should show more sensitivity

With all the social media today, I feel that a lot of people have lost compassion. Geeseytown Community Fire Company posted pictures on Facebook of a horrific motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of a life earlier this week. As well intended as it may have been to update the ...

Debates send signal: America must wake up

Watching the debates was almost comical. Moderators should come from everyday working people trying to make ends meet and small business owners. Now that the Green New Deal is a possibility, I would like to know how we are going to load and unload our various products imported and exported. ...

Attacks on Trump expose left’s agenda

Forty-eight hours after the El Paso/Dayton tragedies, I listened, read and watched various news media. In a time when we should come together as a country, I, again, saw and heard the Trump- hating news media, some 24/7, point to our president and did everything but put the guns in his ...

America’s messages falling on deaf ears

In the wake of multiple shootings and deaths, we look for deeper meaning. We ask, some implore God to answer the question. There is a deeper meaning, but there is also an obvious message being presented to us. And I think the message has two or three parts with the first most obvious ...

Communities must put aside negativity

As a regular reader of this page, the reader comments and many other local, state and national media, I see frequent references to “our values.” Sadly, a concept that should be a unifying force is being weaponized to attack members of our community, and on a larger scale, our country, ...

Trump should practice what he’s preaching

According to President Donald Trump’s rationalization, if your name is not Kicking Bird or Little Feather, we all should be sent back. Then Trump would have to leave the German of his immigrant grandparents in one heck of a hurry, or perhaps the Gaelic of his Scottish immigrant ...