Letters to the Editor

US should spend less on military

Donald Trump bombed Syria — boom, boom, boom! Now he’ll shoot up in popularity. Americans love to bomb other countries. At least 54 cents out of every tax dollar is spent on the military. We could have free health care for all Americans. Dozens of other countries do. But we have ...

Halvorson stands out from crowded field

In this year’s primary election, we the people have an important decision to make. The newly formed 13th Congressional District has an abundance of candidates running for an open seat. Of all the candidates, only one has signed a pledge to serve a term limit of six years, or three terms. ...

Schmitt ‘has heart for our people’

Lou Schmitt will have my vote in the upcoming election for state representative of the 79th District. Schmitt is a very outgoing, caring person who shares our values and will protect our rights. He is a very hands-on man who shows strong leadership skills and in turn will help make Altoona ...

Ward has goods to be ‘tremendous’ senator

I write on behalf of Judy Ward. I would like to take this time to let you know what type of House Rep. Judy Ward is and why I feel she would make a tremendous state senator. When I first met her, in the spring of 2015, I was seeking help with a legislative issue. What I received from Ward ...

Bream cherishes ideals for life, liberty

I am one of the many people on a modest fixed income who worries about keeping my house because of the recent gigantic increases in taxes by the county, the city, the water authority and especially, the school district. Sharon Bream has been the only local elected office holder who has been ...

Gregory would be good Harrisburg voice

A vote for Jim Gregory will give the 80th District a state representative who will work full time for our community, address your concerns, work to implement solutions and be your voice in Harrisburg. Gregory’s years of close contact with our community in work positions, organizations, ...

Bream ‘right choice’ for 79th District

Sharon Bream was the right choice when voters elected her to the Altoona Area School Board, and she is the right choice to send to Harrisburg to be the voice of voters for the 79th District. Bream’s long-term accounting employment, organizational skills, years of volunteerism and elected ...

Joyce eager to join fight for military

John Joyce is the best choice for the people of our community. I had the opportunity to discuss with Joyce his views on supporting our military. As a former U.S. Navy veteran, this is very important to me. He recognizes that the need for a strong military is no longer a luxury, but a ...

Republicans need their votes counted

We should all be paying attention to this upcoming primary election. Let’s face it: People enjoy complaining about their government, yet make no attempt to alter its direction outside of voting every four years. Remember: You reap what you sow. It’s a fact, in every mid-term ...

Bream will help stop overtaxation

Recently, I traveled out of Pennsylvania on business, and it showed how the rest of the country lives in freedom. In Virginia, gasoline is $2.38 per gallon, while in Pennsylvania, we are being covertly taxed over 50 cents per gallon on our commute to work. Do you heat your house with ...

Creek will work to address pension

Chris Creek, running to replace Judy Ward in the 80th District, is a breath of fresh air for Blair County. An agricultural technology specialist living in Huston Township, Creek has worked with farmers for many years. He is vice president of the Blair County Farm Bureau. He is a bright, ...

Joyce will provide doctor in House

As we live with the epidemic of opioid addiction that has crushed our community, I look and find that only one candidate stands above all the rest in addressing this issue. As a physician, John Joyce has acknowledged this problem and realizes that rehabilitation facilities are overwhelmed in ...

Ward has built up trusted track record

I wanted to share my thoughts about a Pennsylvania Senate candidate. Judy Ward was born and raised here. Her mother still lives down the street and raised her own children here in the district. Ward is a business professional, former nurse and active community volunteer who had a ...

Haight committed to Republican way

We have known Trish Haight for many years. She is a trustworthy, honest, Christian woman. Haight has an impressive background in business. She has worked in the real estate business and has been a construction executive. She is currently doing community work as a volunteer at the Blair County ...

Bream will continue to fight spending

Six years ago, I ran for state representative because our state government was taking the commonwealth in the wrong direction. That battle hasn’t been won yet, and I am endorsing Sharon Bream to continue the fight. Bream and I have been opposing oppressive government at all levels going on ...

It’s well past time to clean up EPA

According to the world’s climate scientists, we have until 2050 to reduce carbon pollution by 80 percent or face unprecedented weather extremes, massive wildfires, temperatures not seen for millions of years, and nearly 50 percent of all species on earth going extinct. Instead of working as ...

Schmitt represents Republican values

I have been a Republican Committee member and the district attorney of Blair County. I have seen Lou Schmitt outside the courtroom supporting and promoting Republican events and candidates, as well as inside the courtroom representing people like the people from the 79th District. In both ...

Bream will preach better fiscal sanity

In the race for state representative in the 79th District, Sharon Bream talks about you and me and the oppressive tax increases we’ve had to suffer the past couple of years. Without elected officials like Bream, there will be no end in sight to the tax increases. We need a proven ...

Creek not part of establishment

The voters of the 80th District have an important choice to make on May 15. Will we choose a representative who fits in with the establishment crowd, their pensions and midnight pay raises, or will we opt for a man whose goal is to eliminate these outrageous breaches of the public ...

Ward can relate to our veterans

As a retired Army combat-disabled veteran, I’m pleased to report that you can always count on Judy Ward to advocate for veterans. She truly cares about veterans. I have known her for 40-plus years and can confirm that she is a conservative Republican and a lifelong supporter of veterans. ...