Letters to the Editor

‘Critical year’ for judges

This is a critical year for the Pennsylvania judiciary.Pennsylvania voters will be electing five appellate judges on Nov. 3.As an attorney and a prosecutor, I see firsthand the impact judges have on Pennsylvanians every day.Recently, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a decision that dealt ...

Trump can’t lead

It cannot be denied that Donald Trump has made some hard, but true, statements with regard to the politics of this country.Unfortunately, the following remarks by Trump relating to Sen. John McCain and POWs should eliminate him from any consideration for the president of the United States.He ...

Vote for Hammers

I would like to encourage Altoona Area School District voters to cast their vote for Mary Jane Hammers on Election Day.Her 36 years of teaching experience will be an excellent asset to the board. She will bring a perspective that is sometimes forgotten in the debates over school funding and ...

SS recipients getting short end of stick

As reported by the Mirror, there will be no increase for Social Security recipients due to inflation rates being normal, based mainly on the cost of gas being down.If that is the main reason, why are just the people who receive Social Security being the only people punished?Everybody uses gas, ...

Out with Lengenfelder

In the 2011 campaign, Commissioner Douglas Lengenfelder declared Cambria County will become the "Energy County" and will bring in many jobs.What happened was the opposite. We saw Gamesa, the windmill factory close, and we lost over 100 jobs. They let their friend, Gov. Tom Corbett, close the ...

Hammers worthy

Please consider voting for Mary Jane Hammers for Altoona Area School Board of Directors.She is a candidate who fully supports an excellent education for every student in the district. As a retired teacher with 36 years of experience, she understands the difficulties and anxieties placed on ...

Diocese should rescind changes, revamp model

The decision by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese to end K-8 education in our parochial schools in favor of a middle school system is a mistake.One of the purported reasons for this change is that housing grades 6-8 at the St. Rose of Lima campus in Altoona will enable the diocese to ...

‘Passion to lead’

On Nov. 3, there is only one candidate qualified to lead our city into the future.That's Mayor Matt Pacifico.Pacifico is a lifelong city resident who stepped up and took the job two years ago when nobody else wanted it.In that time, he's worked with his colleagues to strengthen the city's ...

Pacifico preferred

Altoona voters have a clear choice when they go to the pools this election.That's Mayor Matt Pacifico.Pacifico has proven himself to be a leader who's interested in creating a better community for everyone. His proactive approach is evident as he works with his colleagues and city staff to find ...

Real Catholics aren’t Democrats

Although the presidential election is more than a year away, I am already filled with apprehension. If we conservatives lose the next election, we can kiss this country, as we know it, goodbye.I am wondering if illegal aliens really can vote, or if the Democrats really can raise the dead to ...

Educated population can’t be overestimated

This letter is in response to Raymond Neil's letter concerning how there is no "free lunch" to education by the government.Although I feel he down talked the concept to the original Satterfield letter, since I would hope everyone has the basic common sense that in life there is no "free lunch," ...

Pacifico best choice

I am writing to urge support for Matt Pacifico in his bid for mayor of Altoona.Pacifico is an integral part of a long-standing and well-established family business in our community.As an employer, he understands how important it is to maintain vital city services in order to keep businesses in ...

Compassion lacking in Portage decisions

Recent events at St. Joseph's and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parishes in Portage have prompted this letter.Every Catholic church building in Portage, as it now exists will, either by closure or disassembly, be in effect eradicated.This is heartbreaking and hard to grasp.The proposed changing ...

Supporting Pacifico

I am writing to show my support for Matt Pacifico for Altoona mayor.Pacifico has done a great job as mayor in his first two years, after inheriting a city that was in distressed status. He is a family man and local businessman, and I respect the good values that he demonstrates.Pacifico is also ...

Don’t overlook judges

This upcoming election will have low turnout for some of the most important offices in the Commonwealth: statewide judges.I urge you to join me in voting on Nov. 3 for our Republican judges who are committed to upholding the Constitutions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United ...

Cove teacher commanded and earned respect

Cove teacher commanded and earned respectIf we are lucky, really lucky, then once in our lifetime we are touched by a person so rock solid, so good, so down-to-earth, so warm, so kind, so human, as to be changed forever for the better, by having known them.Joseph J. Conlon, who passed away ...

Repko has C-K heart

It's probably true that Repko is not a Claysburg name.Shelda Harella Repko taught at Claysburg-Kimmel for 33 years. She started teaching at the Queen School, and her name was Ms. Harella.Shelda Harella Repko has been and continues to be active in Claysburg. Her memberships include Claysburg ...

Diocese leaves reader ‘deceived, belittled’

Like most parents present at the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese's quadrant meeting last June, I feel deceived and belittled by the reorganization plan for Catholic elementary schools presented by the interim board for the diocese.It was apparent this board came with an unyielding agenda.I didn't see ...

Wolf doesn’t understand

Two Democratic governors, two delayed budgets.Anyone seeing a pattern? Anyone want their taxes raised?The majority of the state House represent the majority of Pennsylvania's citizenry.What don't you understand, Gov. Tom Wolf? Did you make promises to your cronies in our largest cities? Do you ...

Keep Pacifico as mayor

How many politicians would say that the pay for an elected office was too high?Pacifico said $75,000 a year for the mayor's job was too much.If you have a problem with the city, he is concerned enough to listen and try to help. Pacifico works well with others in city government and the Altoona ...