Letters to the Editor

Consiglio pursues justice with integrity, confidence

I would like to show my support by endorsing Richard Consiglio for Blair County district attorney. Consiglio has the knowledge and skills required to be an effective prosecutor as well as the experience to administer the office of the district attorney. As a retired criminal ...

Waltz will modernize prothonotary records

I am pleased to offer my support for Cristi Waltz for Blair County prothonotary. I’ve had the privilege to work with Waltz over the years as a member of the Blair County Republican Committee and can attest to her hard work ethic and knowledge of many county, state and federal issues ...

Fownes has experience that could benefit him

In my opinion, there are two characteristics necessary for an individual to be an effective magisterial district judge. First, the individual should have legal experience. Second, the individual should have the proven ability to manage a budget and supervise an office staff. In the ...

Homegrown Irwin would be ‘great judge’

There are many good candidates running for magisterial district judge this election cycle. One of the candidates rises to the top, Meghan Farrell Irwin. Irwin is a hometown girl. She is a graduate of Altoona Area High School, University of Pittsburgh and University of Notre Dame Law ...

Dick would improve prothonotary’s office

The average citizen has no idea the information that is archived and produced in the county prothonotary’s office — until they have a need for it. As a career examiner of these records to support record title of real estate, I have had need to access documents for 30-plus years in ...

It’s beyond time to accept Trump

If you check history, the Nuclear Option, as it is called, was developed by the Democrats when they did not get their way and wanted someone on the Supreme Court. Why is it the Democrats continue to act like children and will not concede that Hillary Clinton is not the president? It is ...

Politicians’ town halls don’t foster dialogue

I must applaud Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. for his holding town halls to listen to his constituents. A lot of politicians have been reluctant to do so in their districts because of the heat officials are receiving from their constituents. The same cannot be said for our district’s ...

Donley believes in public education

Everyone always affirms how we all want the best for our children. We see the children as hope for the future. We want our children to do better than we did, to be better educated and better prepared for the jobs of the future. We cannot establish and truly believe these things unless we ...

Patton best suited for prothonotary

As a Blair County attorney for 20 years, I know the importance of the prothonotary’s office to the courts as well as to the citizens of Blair County. In my practice, I have regular dealings with the prothonotary’s office and have found the staff to be courteous and informed. In ...

Consiglio will keep community safe

I am writing to bring attention how positively District Attorney Rich Consiglio can continue to impact your community. I was a victim of a crime in 2009. My health and someone I loved were taken from me, and the course of my life was changed forever. I had a ruptured bladder and spleen, ...

Clapper has ‘high level of integrity’

This letter is to assure you that Scott Clapper has my full support and my endorsement. I have worked with Clapper on many different projects, and I believe he would bring a high level of integrity to the magisterial office. Rev. Dr. David W. Ervine Assistant Professor Saint ...

Jones has thorough knowledge of system

This endorsement is for a good neighbor of more than 15 years, Ben Jones. He is a candidate for district judge in the city of Altoona. I believe that Jones’ experience as a police officer and detective gives him a comprehensive knowledge of what is needed to carry out the ...

Pence would offer better leadership

Since Donald Trump knows zero about being presidential, I think he should step down and let Vice President Mike Pence take over. Trump can’t even get policies passed because he doesn’t want to work with Congress. When things don’t go his way, he tries to bully and threaten others to ...

Sommer cares about Hollidaysburg district

I endorse Ronald Sommer for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board seat. I believe that Sommer cares about the issues that face the school district. He has shown over his past four years on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, the last two years as the board president, that he has the students ...

Kreuz makes sense for Altoona board

Three reasons to vote for Eddie Kreuz for Altoona School Board. 1. He absolutely does not believe in open checkbook and runaway spending. He is a believer in free democracy. 2. He is the father of two daughters who now attend and graduated from the Altoona Area School District. 3. He is a ...

Blattenberger provides ‘super’ representation

In 2011, my late wife and I found ourselves in need of a lawyer for the first time. After receiving recommendations from others in the community, we retained Andy Blattenberger to represent us. When we first met him, it immediately struck us that while he possesses the credentials, ...

Jones would be ‘true, loyal judge’

On behalf of Dreams Go On Inc., we would like to show our support to Ben Jones in his campaign for district judge. We are blessed to have Jones as a dedicated board of directors member and avid volunteer in our therapeutic horseback riding program. He is always available to lend a hand ...

Bernard would be ‘great asset’ to county

On May 16, Blair County will select a new judge for the Court of Common Pleas. We feel that Jackie Bernard would be the best choice for this position. We first met Bernard eight years ago during the murder trial of our son, Scott. Bernard was one of the prosecuting attorneys handling ...

Garner has kept sheriff’s office on track

Despite all the controversy at the Blair County sheriff’s office, there has been one person who has been supervising a staff of 30 since Mitch Cooper resigned in January. She is Chief Deputy Holly Garner, the Democratic write-in candidate for sheriff. Garner has worked in the sheriff’s ...

Repairs correcting ‘legacy of neglect’

This letter is sent in response to the letter of Ronald Norris regarding the ongoing repair work at the Blair County Courthouse. First, no enhancement work has been done, nor is any planned for the judges’ offices, and no funds have been spent on any such work. Second, all work to date ...