Letters to the Editor

Kaneshiki ‘incentivizes’ desire to learn, excel

I’m writing this endorsement on behalf of Lois Kaneshiki, running for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Kaneshiki is beholden to no one, giving her great freedom to vote for the concerns of parents and students, which is invaluable. During her service, she has established a policy ...

Socialism will threaten country’s prosperity

In the Mirror’s April 19 edition appeared the following headline: “Cuban shortages raise fears.” An 80-year-old woman waits in a line for two hours to purchase frozen chicken, a limit of five pounds or three pieces whichever comes first, and guess what? They run out before she gets ...

Dems need candidate to defeat Trump in ’20

Well, the Mueller investigation has finally ended. It seems the report is subject to interpretation, but one thing the report did answer was the question of Russian interference. It was indeed proven that Russia did interfere in our 2016 election. Whether or not Donald Trump or others knew ...

Reelect Erb for county commissioner

I understand the distress of taxpayers over reassessment and tax increases. The company that did the reassessment was chosen before Erb was in office. He is serving Blair County with a reassessment that was long overdue but had no input into the company selected. The future financial ...

Dunio has characterto be district judge

I offer this letter to voice support for electing Matt Dunio for magisterial district judge. It is not his 23 years of law enforcement experience I am writing about, but his personal character that I am familiar with. I have known Dunio for more than 20 years. He is the president of the ...

Kelley’s credentials are well documented

I am endorsing Altoona City councilman Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner because of his knowledge of balancing budgets while trying to keep his conservative stance in opposing tax increases. Kelley realizes it will be important to keep taxes low while maintaining county services. ...

Socialists in Congress slow Trump’s progress

Over a month has passed since my last letter regarding our national sovereignty, and little has changed. The border with Mexico is more porous than ever with many migrants, mostly from central America, coming into the U.S. every day. Congress continues to do nothing that might help the ...

Smilnak would be HASD board asset

I am writing to inform you that Jennifer Smilnak is running for Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Smilnak is a graduate of Mount Aloysius with a bachelor’s degree in business and has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University. She has worked with many ...

Blair County ‘lucky to have’ Erb

I have personally known Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb for decades and value both his professional demeanor and valuable specialized experience in financial management. In a society with unfunded mandates and increased service expectations at the county level, Erb’s 30-plus years of ...

On jail, Huntingdon can’t keep kicking can

As I read the article in the Mirror on Sunday, April 14 regarding the Huntingdon County jail (“County lockup bleeding money”), I agreed with the judge, district attorney and warden as to the need for an alternative to the current situation of housing out-of-county inmates. I do feel that ...

True Christians fine with mentioning Jesus

I have been a Christian for over 45 years. During those years, Christians have been chided by those who dislike the very name of Jesus to be silent and more tolerant. For all those years, this has been a one-way street. It is always the intolerant telling everyone else to be tolerant. For ...

Labor council makes primary endorsements

The Blair-Bedford Labor Council recently conducted a candidates night, where candidates were invited for Blair County commissioner, coroner, Altoona mayor and city council, Logan Township supervisor and Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school boards. Candidates were asked to submit a ...

Warren has resume for Superior Court

As a former district attorney and practicing criminal law for over 30 years I have appeared before hundreds of judges throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I find the best judges are ones that allow the attorneys to state their case, listen to both sides, but have a keen eye to seeing ...

Benzel has experience to be district judge

I have known Rick Benzel for many years and have respected and admired the way he performs his duties as a police officer. Benzel has 22 years of meaningful, real-life experience in the courtroom, and on the streets of our community which has prepared him to be our district judge. He has a ...

Kelley will serve as champion for taxpayers

As an active member of the Blair County Young Republicans, I’m eager to express my support of Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. Reviewing Kelley’s resume outlines that his experience in local government will provide the citizens of our county with a commissioner that will be ...

For postal carriers, keep pets in check

In April, the United States Postal Service annually promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers in the greater Altoona Area to take notice of this annual campaign to help the postal service eliminate dangerous and costly dog attacks. Pet owners’ efforts ...

Metzgar trustworthy choice in Logan Twp.

The respect my husband and I have for Joe Metzgar, now running for re-election to the Logan Township supervisors, can be easily summarized: When our children were minors, we asked Metzgar to be their financial guardian. He accepted this considerable responsibility for our three most precious ...

Zang has experience to be district judge

I have known Ed Zang for many years. He is a very experienced attorney with a strong background in criminal and civil matters. Zang’s experience is invaluable. Anything that crosses his desk as a district magistrate judge will likely be something he has dealt with before. This ...

Webster combines heart, common sense

Like many Blair County property owners, we were confused by the results of the reassessment. Our property was assessed tens of thousands of dollars more than we paid for it a couple of years prior. Since the reasonable solution was an appeal process, we signed up. We proceeded, thinking ...

Kelley brings leadership to commissioner race

With the election up-coming, I’m writing to express my support for Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. I’ve worked with Kelley before, and he’s exactly the leader our county needs to handle the many difficult decisions that our county is facing. Kelley has been an avid ...