Letters to the Editor

Contact legislators about procedure

Procedural rules in our Pennsylvania Legislature matter. The first vote of the new session puts rules in place for the next two years. In many states, automatic calendar rules ensure bills are given a hearing and brought to a vote. But not in Pennsylvania. Here, just one leader can shut ...

Progressivism cannot get lost

Political correctness is a scourge to our country. It has pushed its way into every area of life from cartoons for children to even newspapers and selection for letters to the editor. Conservative values are demonized, stifled or muzzled by the left using PC rhetoric — racist, homophobic, ...

Culture of life must prevail

My letter is regarding the culture of life or pro-life, pro-family movement across America. We who are pro-life and pro-family stand up for and advocate the sanctity of life — the little ones in the womb. In contrast, is the culture of death and destruction of the unborn babies in the ...

Tomassetti leaves a positive legacy

I was very saddened earlier this year when Blair County Commissioner Terry Tomassetti announced he would not be running again. Tomassetti has been often criticized for doing what many criticized former commissioners for not doing. Although many decisions he made spelled potential political ...

Media still wearing ‘blinders’ on Trump

I’m not sure which “herd” Gene Lyons is referring to in his recent commentary. Is it the herd of elected officials who are so consumed with greed, themselves and hate or the herd who voted for President Donald Trump? I am one of the herd who voted for Trump and will vote again in ...

Diocese’s mission is to save itself

Pinocchio has nothing on Bishop Mark Bartchak, Tony DeGol and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. The claim that they are interested in helping the victims they sexually abused is a PR stunt. They responded only after two damning Pennsylvania grand jury reports and threats from federal ...

Trump’s support hard to understand

We as Americans seem to find ourselves on a slippery slope in our democracy. Not in my lifetime have I ever thought that we would elect and support a man so lacking the ability to tell the truth or who has a modicum of humility, cons followers with hate speech/tweets, cannot and will not take ...

Tomassetti did what was right

This article may surprise most people. I have been a very harsh critic of Terry Tomassetti, but he was right in all aspects. The reassessment and courthouse repairs were needed to secure our future. While I see more than a few flaws in the reassessment method, and it cost me personally quite ...

Hollidaysburg concert hits the right notes

I attended the concert presented by the Hollidaysburg Community Chorus, directed by Sandy Harteis, and the Children’s Community Chorus, conducted by Bonnie Ebersole. Guest vocalists were Pastor John and Karen Godissart of Duncansville, serving a church in Hollidaysburg. What a delightful ...

Clean Water Act can’t be repealed

As nurses, we are deeply concerned about protecting our water. The Clean Water Rule protects about 60 percent of the nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands that provide drinking water for 117 million Americans. Warming temperatures, more frequent intense storms, like ...

Trump is right to protect border

If conditions in Honduras are so bad and they are leaving for the United States, why is the “mob” caravan waving Honduran flags and sending derogatory messages to President Donald Trump? Why not use the U.S. flag (rather than putting a swastika sign on it and then setting it on fire as ...

We need to reaffirm religious freedom

As a senior sociology student at Juniata College, issues of civil rights and freedom to choose are important to my fellow classmates and me. The task this semester in Social Welfare Policies and Services is to follow a self-chosen piece of legislation. I personally chose H.Res. 1024. This ...

At holiday time, don’t forget your trash hauler

It’s the time of year that we remember those who help us during the year. And so we give gifts to our milkman, our newspaper carrier, the person who cuts our hair and so on. Often overlooked are the people that we can’t do without: our trash collectors. These hard working individuals ...

Bands deserve more exposure

I am a senior citizen and a Penn State football fan, and I have a request. Instead of listening to recaps at halftime of what I just watched, I’d like to watch the Blue Band strut their stuff. Those young men and women work so hard. I think they deserve to be seen on TV and enjoyed at ...

President Bush tributes are well deserved

I was honored and privileged to have been in the presence of three U.S. presidents. One of those meetings was up close and personal. In 1989, George H.W. Bush presented me with a citation that I was awarded while serving as a Navy officer. Because of that connection, I very closely followed ...

‘Hallelujah’ hits all the right notes

In “Hallelujah,” we were privileged to see another excellent performance at the Mishler Theatre. The orchestra was fabulous, as always. The performers were all outstanding. I swear some of them could be on Broadway, and Dave and Paula were just as good as ever. I remember seeing them at ...

Kindness appreciated

I would like to thank the nurse and son who called AMED and stayed with me until the ambulance arrived. Thank you to the lady with the ivory scarf who held me up and supported me and my shaky knees. And a thank you to the gentleman who helped look for my lost keys. Also a thank you to AMED ...

More misdemeanors should be expunged

Several years ago, Pennsylvania passed a law expanding the allowances on what criminal offenses could be expunged. While this helped some, it still left many single-time offenders with a record that cannot be erased, except through a pardon. Felonies are still excluded, as are first- and ...

Wildlife population shouldn’t be isolated

The fragmentation of wildlife habitat threatens the geographic spread of wildlife, limiting their potential gene flow and population growth. Protecting wildlife habitat is important, but it can be futile if protected areas are isolated from each other. Wildlife cannot utilize these ...

Endorsing idea of traffic study

This is in response to your column of Oct. 7 entitled, “Upcoming traffic study will help Altoona.” I agree with your headline. However, I feel obliged to share some concerns especially regarding one-way streets. During my 47 years in Altoona, I served more than 30 years on various ...