Letters to the Editor

McClure’s wife believes in him

I am the proud wife of Sam McClure, candidate for Blair County sheriff. My children and I are behind him 100 percent. Recent events have caused some questions with voters. I can assure the voters that he is still the same man, a good Christian man. We have been married for more than ...

Kreuz understands issues facing AASD

We have a very important election coming up for the Altoona Area School Board. There is one person who is running that I can fully support, and that person is Ed Kreuz. I have known Kreuz for some time. I have found him to be a man of integrity. He is the right person for this job. He does ...

Rhoa has saved Logan Township money

Dave Rhoa has distinguished himself as a Logan Township supervisor these last seven-plus years. He needs your vote to be re-elected. Rhoa collaborated with the township manager and the finance director to seek alternate health care insurance, saving taxpayers thousands of ...

Irwin’s credentials for MDJ unmatched

Magisterial district judgeship should be awarded to the most qualified candidate. Altoona is fortunate to have Meghan Irwin running for court. Irwin studied at the University of Pittsburgh and received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. In 2017, Notre Dame was ranked the 22nd ...

No reservations about Blattenberger

I am writing this letter in support of Andrew Blattenberger’s candidacy for magisterial district judge for District 24-3-04 in southern Blair County. Blattenberger and I have been law partners since 2009. Over the past eight years, I have had the opportunity to observe his work product and ...

Waltz’s common sense, faith impressive

I would like to endorse Cristi Waltz for Blair County prothonotary. Waltz and I are both graduating members of the Leadership Blair County, Class of 2016. Throughout the LBC program, Waltz demonstrated high moral standards, a commitment to family and friends and the fortitude to stand up ...

Patton has experience to be prothonotary

When you look at the candidates running for the office of Blair County prothonotary, Robin Patton is the only logical choice. Patton has 17 years’ experience working in the prothonotary’s office, and I feel that with that experience, she is qualified to run the office with the accuracy, ...

It’s a big season for state Republicans

This spring, Republicans will elect seven appellate court candidates to represent them in the November election. I urge my fellow Republicans to vote for the entire Republican-endorsed slate of candidates, especially those for the Superior Court. The slate is endorsed by all your ...

Experience has separated Consiglio

When I think of District Attorney Richard Consiglio, I think of experience. I was a Pennsylvania state trooper for 21 years, and had the honor of working with Consiglio on major crimes, sexual assaults to homicides. As a young detective, one of my first cases was a sexual assault where ...

Patton knows prothonotary office

I would like to thank the Blair County citizens for allowing me to serve the last 24 years as your elected prothonotary. There have been many changes during the 35 years I have worked in this office. We have gone from handwriting the indices and typing in the dockets to a fully ...

Mitchell out to make difference on HASB

I am writing on behalf of Melissa Mitchell for a position on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. I have known Mitchell both personally and professionally and can attest to her character, integrity and strong belief in family and social ideals. She is running as someone new to the ...

Clapper devoted, fair and honest

Thinking about the primary elections, I recommend Scott Clapper for the position of district judge. He is a retired Altoona police officer with 20 years’ service. Many years ago, Clapper and two other officers responded to an emergency call to our house. He was very helpful, ...

Congress speaks out of both sides

How quickly people, including the Mirror editorialists, forget. In 2013 when Assad used poisoned gas on his own people, in defiance of the Geneva Convention, President Barack Obama asked Congress for authorization for a military strike against the Syrian regime. The response from the Senate ...

Blattenberger has credentials

I am thrilled to support attorney Andrew Blattenberger to be our next magisterial district judge. Blattenberger’s qualifications and credentials are unmatched in this election. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his law school class and worked for two of the largest law firms in ...

Kelley ‘deeply rooted’ in Altoona

This upcoming May election has a number of candidates, especially for Altoona City Council. One candidate is head-and-shoulders better than the rest: Bruce Kelley. During his previous time on City Council, Bruce Kelley took several stances to vote against tax increases. He understands ...

Fownes qualified for MDJ post

H.T. Fownes is currently running for district judge of magisterial district 24-1-03. In addition to Fownes’ exemplary law enforcement record and his numerous endorsements, the thing that sets him apart is his ability to be fair, firm and consistent. I have known Fownes since he was in ...

Candidates would sustain city progress

I am writing to request the voters’ support for the four current Altoona City Council members who are running for reelection. Those council members are Matt Cacciotti, Dave Butterbaugh, Michael Haire and Christie Jordan. We are making progress in improving our city and making decisions ...

Irwin can bring ‘pivotal link’

District judges are a crucial initial first tier part of local justice. This job is a pivotal link between law enforcement resources and the courts because of the critical duty of properly interpreting the law and analyzing charges to determine whether or not cases proceed to trial. It ...

Polito can bring special expertise

An essential quality of a good judge is not only his/her ability to exhibit sound legal judgment but compassion as well. For more than 20 years, through his active involvement with Special Olympics, attorney Curt A. Polito has been committed to people with special needs. Not only as a ...

Patton would mark smooth transition

The question this election in the prothonotary’s race is who has the experience and the proven leadership to lead the office. That person is Robin Patton. Patton has 17 years on the job experience and knows that office better than anyone with the exception of Carol Newman, the ...