Letters to the Editor

Fulare ‘man of purpose’

Louis Pasteur opined that "chance favors the prepared mind."This concept that nothing is left to chance is ever apparent in the selection of our local community leaders.Jerry Fulare has demonstrated a unique skill set and professional experience which portends great success as Logan Township ...

Erb dedicated

As primary election day is coming up, I would like people to take a closer look at Bruce Erb and why he is the best choice for Blair County commissioner.Erb is dedicated to Blair County. He has lived and worked here his entire life. His vision for the county's financial future includes ...

Support Kelley

I have served as the City of Altoona's fire chief for 30 years. During my 47 total years with the Altoona Fire Department, I have seen many elected officials come and go, and few have impressed me as much as Bruce Kelley.I have come to know him as a man of integrity who always supports public ...

Kelley has experience

On May 19, Altoona's citizens will have an opportunity to vote for a full-time mayor. As you compare candidates, consider the following:Bruce Kelley has the experience we need, including 12 years on Altoona City Council.Kelley has conservative family values and is a man who listens to his ...

Confident in Kaneshiki

Lois Kaneshiki is on the May 19 primary ballot for Hollidaysburg Area School Board. I urge you to vote for her.Kaneshiki has what it takes to make our Hollidaysburg Area schools effective at educating our children, while at the same time meeting budget constraints.She moderates the "Speak out" ...

Tomassetti delivers

After attending a Blair County commissioner debate, and after listening to each candidate's answers and positions, it is very obvious to me that Terry Tomassetti is the top choice for commissioner.Tomassetti brings eight years of hands-on experience to this office. He doesn't just talk the ...

Kelley preferred

I have known Bruce Kelley for the last several years as our kids attend Baker Elementary School together. I have also followed his involvement in local government as he served on Altoona City Council.Kelley is not only a leader within the community, he is a genuine personal friend, as well as a ...

Pacifico ‘a doer’

My vote for mayor will be Matt Pacifico.On April 20 during a torrential rain storm, I, together with several neighbors, was once again a victim of flooding on Wehnwood Road.The following morning, out of pure frustration, I reached out to Pacifico via Facebook messenger.Within a couple of hours ...

Kaneshiki type-A

What a gold mine the people of Hollidaysburg have in the person of Lois Kaneshiki.You've heard people say: If you want a job done and done well, look for a person who is busy and often does things not many people step up to take the responsibility to do.I've wondered how she does it all.If ...

Starr committed

My family and I once lived within earshot of the Horseshoe Curve, below the mountains that cradle greater Altoona's critical water supply.We took our valuable resource for granted. We just knew that clear, clean and uninterrupted water flowed out of our spigots whenever we wanted.I hope that ...

Keep Pacifico

I am writing this letter to ask a question about the other two candidates for mayor.If both are so much into helping our city, why did it take the new pay of $75,000 a year to make them run?Bruce Kelley has been a councilman for over 10 years and not once did he ever say he wanted to be mayor ...

Kelley active

I have known Bruce Kelley as an active member of Fairview United Methodist Church where we both grew up.He is a loving father, and our children spend time together at youth baseball as well as school-supported sports activities. He wants to improve our city so that all our children will have a ...

Fulare involved

I have known Jerry Fulare for almost 15 years, and he is the same caring person now as he was then.Fulare has always been involved in the community in one way or another. In 2002, I started playing football for Altoona Central Catholic School with Jerry Fulare as one of my coaches. He has ...

More trains equal more ridership

Despite the inconvenience of the infrequent once-a-day train between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, more than half a million riders get on or off the train in Harrisburg, and a quarter million use one of the stations west of the capital.Studies have shown that there are many reasons people use the ...

Support Tomassetti

In the opening of "The Music Man," a traveling salesman remarks "you got to know the territory," advice that also applies to effective leadership in government.That's why I'm supporting Terry Tomassetti for commissioner.With eight years as commissioner and as prosecutor in the DA's Office and ...

Re-elect Pacifico

Mayor Matthew Pacifico has not only been born and raised, has worshipped here and attended our local schools, but has been raised in his great-grandfather's, grandfather's, father's and now, his local bakery.Pacifico has first-hand knowledge and experience in business because of the family ...

Starr capable

Looking at a candidate for mayor, there are certain distinct attributes necessary when our families, elderly and community are struggling.You need a person who possesses leadership above the rest - a seasoned, battle-tested individual who has had proven results.Mayoral candidate Pete Starr has ...

Kelley qualified

I feel that Bruce Kelley is the most-qualified person to be the mayor of Altoona.Whenever I consider the experience that Kelley has had the past 12 years as an Altoona city councilman as well as his leadership abilities within the various civic groups in which he has membership, he is my ...

Metzgar worthy

Joe Metzgar is honest and not afraid to work.He has served Logan Township very well as a supervisor and has worked to continue to foster a good relationship between Logan Township and the City of Altoona.His experience as an auditor, his municipal service experience and his ability to work with ...

Claycomb for C-K

We are writing this letter in support of the Claysburg-Kimmel incumbent board members running for re-election and Tammy Claycomb.We feel the board has done a first-rate job, having in place top-notch administrators and faculty.During this board's tenure, they have kept tax increases to a ...