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Letters to the Editor

‘Team effort’ leaves lasting impression

For eight weeks this summer, the city of Altoona was blessed by young people from many different states. The program was called “Team Effort.” Every week, a different group of young people paid their own way to come here on a mission trip, to help folks in this area with needed projects ...

Good Samaritans come to the rescue

Earlier this month, my husband and I were shopping at Pleasant Valley Shopping Center. We were there to shop at two different stores. I had set my walker on the sidewalk, but when I went to step up to the walker, I lost my balance and fell flat on my back. The only injury was to my ...

State shouldn’t take more from its seniors

It is about time legislators take a look at the unfair school property tax that has been burdening Pennsylvania residents forever. Now all of a sudden, State Rep. Frank Ryan is offering a proposal to stop the practice of school districts using our homes as collateral to support school ...

Quakers share ‘deep concern’ for immigrants

For almost 371 years, The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone.” No exceptions. Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world during and after World Wars I and II and worked to ...

Quakers share ‘deep concern’ for immigrants

For almost 371 years, The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, has held the belief that “There is that of God in everyone.” No exceptions. Friends have worked to abolish slavery, worked to help refugees around the world during and after World Wars I and II and worked ...

Civilians should not need semi-automatic weapons

Just think of when the Second Amendment was written. Americans were fighting Indian tribes, English soldiers and loyalists to control the colonies. Families were slaughtered so everyone, even children, needed to use a gun. It was survival in the wilderness. We needed a gun for protection ...

Act of generosity will be remembered

Imagine a dad school clothes shopping with two kids — a daughter in a wheelchair with a broken leg who wasn’t able to try anything on and a son who had his own ideas about what he wanted to wear. Now imagine, after all the size checking and price checking was done, going to the register ...

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 ...