Letters to the Editor

Preservation vital of national parks

National parks in our country are facing an $11.3 billion deferred maintenance backlog. Our national parks and trails, like our own 6 to 10 Trail in Blair County, are not only great tourism draws, they provide communities a competitive advantage in attracting new permanent residents and ...

Impeachment dollars could be better spent

I was dismayed to learn that 12 Pennsylvania House representatives have sponsored resolutions to impeach four state Supreme Court justices. They argue that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated our state’s constitution when it imposed a new congressional map. It is ironic because the ...

New cancer screening for high-risk women

The American College of Radiology recently released new guidelines for breast cancer screening. All women should be evaluated by age 30 to determine if they are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. This is particularly important for black women and those of Ashkenazi Jewish ...

PennDOT road work seems to be annual

Not to come across as Andy Rooney, but did you ever notice that PennDOT seems to dig up the same roads year after year? I drive I-99 every day, and prior to last year, it was smooth in every spot. Then PennDOT started work late in the year, culminating in a bunch of patchwork that feels like ...

Mishler performance deserves an encore

I just returned from the Mishler Theatre after watching “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” This show was spectacular. I never saw a show where every single person in it was outstanding. Congratulations to everyone who had anything to do with this wonderful show. I don’t think I ever ...

Bream is right candidate for 79th

I have known Sharon Bream for some time and feel that she is the right candidate for state representative for the 79th District. I feel she is a person of integrity and moral conviction. She is not afraid to face opposition and work toward outcomes that will benefit the taxpayers of this ...

Objecting to Ward’s vote on statute of limitation

The crime of sexual abuse against children is beyond reprehensible. The mental and psychological scars from these heinous acts continue into the adult lives of these victims. Realizing these basic elements, the advocates for extending the statute of limitations for those who were brutally ...

Bream makes tough, not popular, decisions

While most campaigning politicians will be eager to tell you what they will do for you, Sharon Bream has already proven her worth when it comes to fighting unnecessary and excessive spending by government bodies. Her stance as an Altoona Area School Board member against simply signing a ...

Halvorson ‘most trusted, experienced’

Captain Art Halvorson is the reason we have the opportunity for new representation in the new 13th District for U.S. Congress, not many before dared to try. In spite of being outspent last time by millions of dollars, he was only 200 votes short of the Republican nomination. The people now ...

Bream will work to reduce gov’t

These times are worrisome for us seniors. The culture seems to be rotting, and nearly every elected official is trying to force us out of our homes with tax increases. It’s very scary. Thank goodness for Sharon Bream. She is one of the few elected officials who refuse to force taxpayers ...

Haight best pick for state committee

I am writing in support of Patricia Haight running for Pennsylvania State Committee as Election Day draws near. I wish to get people to take a closer look at Haight to see why she is the best choice for state committee. Haight is a retired Realtor and construction executive. She ministers ...

Bream known for unpopular stands

It is not often that the voter actually knows what they are voting for, but this year, the voters from the 79th District know exactly what they are getting if they look in Sharon Bream’s direction. Bream is a mother, wife, homemaker, business leader and school board member. She is best known ...

Veterans should take notice and vote Kiss

Last week, I attended a debate between Dan Kiss and Judy Ward. During the debate, a young man asked a question of Ward. The question centered on why veterans, who have served in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, return to Pennsylvania and find the knowledge, skills and abilities they received ...

Bream has continually stood up for students

Sharon Bream is a candidate as our representative in the 79th District. Bream is an interesting candidate as she is not only asking for our vote but is offering a clear picture of, “What you see is what you get.” Bream became interested in changing the political picture by joining the ...

Joyce ‘obvious choice’ to represent 13th

As a business owner and longtime member of this community, I have carefully reviewed the eight candidates for Congress. The obvious choice for our community is John Joyce. I have known Joyce for over 20 years. He is a small business owner and a remarkable doctor. His ability to understand ...

Experience says Schmitt most worthy

I am a lifelong resident of the 79th Legislative District. I worked for decades alongside two local legislators helping constituents and businesses with questions, issues and concerns. I know the type of individual who can stand up for the needs of our district in Harrisburg and deliver ...

Head reflects values embraced by region

Smart, articulate, diligent, even tempered and conservative, I want Nancy Head representing me on state committee. I have known Head for many years socially and as a fellow Republican. We initially met when my husband was running for district attorney. She assisted with his campaign, and we ...

Creek’s intelligence helps solve problems

Although Chris Creek’s name is not widely known, those who know him have many good things to say about him. I have personally known Creek for 10-plus years through my dairy operation. That association quickly grew into a solid friendship because of the values, work ethic and genuineness of ...

Ward will serve with conservative voice

I have known Judy Ward for many years. I first worked with her as a nurse at Altoona Hospital. She has always been a “people person,” concerned about the well being of others. Her concern for others has been evident in her service to her constituents. As a state representative, she has ...

Bream will look out for area’s retirees

I am a retired taxpayer on a fixed income. The retired taxpayers of the 79th District have paid attention to Sharon Bream’s fight for us while serving on the Altoona Area School Board. Bream has proven her common sense by her votes on the school board. I have always questioned how a ...