Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Donaldson committed to fighting crime

An important vote is yours to make May 16 for Blair County district attorney. It’s one my pro-life husband of 34 years has been preparing for his entire life. Altoona native Robert Donaldson grew up in the Fairview section, graduated Altoona High and Penn State with a degree in ...

Donley shows he’ll fight for AASD students

The Altoona Area School District faces many significant challenges over the next four years, and we need school board members who can lead the District to face those challenges head on. The AASD board faces decisions that will impact the quality of education that AASD students receive for ...

Blattenberger has ‘vast knowledge of law’

Being Andrew Blattenberger’s former employer, present client and longtime friend, I am uniquely qualified to comment on his candidacy for magisterial district judge. In 1996, I hired Blattenberger as a legislative intern in my office. I continued to follow his career as he worked for the ...

Consiglio has dedicated his life to prosecution

I am writing this letter to express my support and endorsement for Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio to continue serving as the lead prosecutor in Blair County. I was fortunate enough to work in Consiglio’s office from 2012-14 as an advocate for crime victims. I can assure you ...

Waltz will be committed to transparency

Cristi Waltz is a business owner who has worked with the public for many years. As Blair County prothonotary, she will be accessible to the public and all county personnel by being present in the office five days a week, working with judges, county commissioners, law enforcement and ...

Polito will implement full veterans court

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania has one of the highest populations of Veterans in the United States (ranking fourth). Moreover, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Blair County has the highest concentration of veterans in the state ...

Consiglio’s experience has brought results

We are writing to ask that you vote for Richard A. Consiglio for district attorney in the upcoming election. The reason we ask this, is that we witnessed firsthand how Consiglio performed his duties on a case in February 2012. This case involved Jason Sanders, as he was on trial for homicide ...

Serving as president speaks highly of Sommer

It is soon our time as voters to consider our choice of Hollidaysburg Area School Board director. The Hollidaysburg Area School District has one in place to consider retaining. Ron Sommer is my choice and would be a good one for you to consider. Currently serving as board president speaks ...

Cooperation essential for Mariner success

What’s happening with the construction (“Gas pipeline work could be near,” April 17) of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline is exactly how important infrastructure projects should be managed in Pennsylvania. First, this project received unprecedented regulatory review since it was first ...

Jubelirer has helped maintain Penn State

As a member of the Penn State Alumni Association and a fellow Altoona native, I would like to offer my endorsement of Robert “Bob” Jubelirer for reelection to the Penn State Board of Trustees. Jubelirer is a longtime friend and an alumnus of Altoona Area High School. He has served us ...

Dick has experience for prothonotary

As a group of real estate paralegals and abstractors, who work with the Blair County prothonotary’s office daily, we will be casting our votes for Cindy Dick for prothonotary in the May primary. Dick’s decades of experience as a paralegal have afforded her a working knowledge of the ...

Blair-Bedford council confirms endorsements

The Blair Bedford Labor Council conducted our annual candidates night on April 6, and we invited 24 candidates to speak. All but one attended, and we had three additional candidates for office that made it as well, and had 75 in attendance. We would like to provide the following names as ...

Consiglio integrity is unquestionable

Rich Consiglio is a dedicated, no-nonsense district attorney. His honesty and integrity are unquestionable, and he sets the bar high for himself and his staff. I can say this because I have prepared and tried criminal cases with him and have observed his leadership and confidence as a ...