Letters to the Editor

McGinnis view on wrong track

As Rep. John McGinnis (Local Voices, April 23) chastises passenger rail supporters for "claiming the opposite of what the facts say," he conveniently ignored a number of details himself.He claims that passenger rail "does not pay for itself," disregarding the fact that every major mode of ...

Erb vision needed

Blair County is facing a crippling underfunded pension liability.Also, the county's future revenue is in the process of overhaul through countywide reassessment. Therefore, it is critical now that we elect a county commissioner with financial management experience.I urge you to vote for Bruce ...

Fulare respected

The purpose of this letter is to provide a character reference for Jerry Fulare, whom I met when I moved back to Altoona eight years ago.During that time, he has become a close friend and been an outstanding neighbor.As a friend, Fulare is a standout. He is loyal, honest, considerate and a ...

Tomassetti worthy

Terry Tomassetti possesses both the experience and character that Blair County needs in its leadership.During his eight years as the chairman of the board of commissioners, Tomassetti's fiscally conservative principles have guided him in making decisions that have greatly reduced the size of ...

Vote for Metzgar

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 ...

Trust Kaneshiki

If you want a candidate for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board who is a long-serving community leader, who desires a strong education system, who has a common sense approach to public policy, who has a willingness to listen to all sides of an issue, who values open meetings, who will ...

McGinnis lacks civility

Regardless of one's stance on passenger rail, Rep. John McGinnis' Local Voice ("Don't tax us with rail service," April 23) was a bombastic exhibition of sarcasm laced with condescending arrogance.One needs to look no further than Rep. McGinnis to understand why the Pennsylvania General Assembly ...

Starr in the making

In addition to the two political insiders running for mayor, we have a third choice, a true leader, former city Police Chief Pete Starr.Starr knows Altoona from its streets and alleys to every crack in the sidewalks.He has seen the best and the worst of society in his chosen profession.In the ...

Kelley committed

Having served on city council with Bruce Kelley for eight years, I am proud to support him in his quest for mayor because he is the most qualified candidate.Kelley possesses the best experience and educational background to lead Altoona as the full-time chief executive officer. He will promote ...

In favor of Pacifico

I am writing on behalf of Matt Pacifico, a candidate for the mayor of Altoona.Pacifico has the experience of being a mayor. He not only is a family man, with a wife and two children, but is also a businessman with two family-run businesses in the city of Altoona.His conservative beliefs and ...

Keep Tomassetti

Have you noticed that whenever conversations turn to politics, some people insist that all politicians are corrupt? I firmly disagree.Our system of government and its participants only become corrupt if we voters allow it.I am heartened by the number of honest, hardworking officials I have ...

Frontino capable

As a resident of Logan Township, I will be voting to re-elect Ed Frontino.His service to the township began long before he became a supervisor. He was a member of the group that compiled the first-ever comprehensive plan for the township. He also served on the Township Planning Commission as ...

Erb inclusive

I would like to recognize Bruce Erb as a strongly qualified candidate for Blair County commissioner.Erb has been a strong leader in Blair County for 40 years as an active member of the Blair County Republican Committee.He has over 39 years experience in financial management, giving him the ...

Labor recommends …

The Central Labor Council conducted a candidates forum on April 9 and viewed candidates from a variety of municipal offices.The delegates met after the candidates gave their opinions on why they wanted labor's support. These are the recommendations that came from that meeting:Altoona City ...

Labor recommends …

The Central Labor Council conducted a candidates forum on April 9 and viewed candidates from a variety of municipal offices.The delegates met after the candidates gave their opinions on why they wanted labor's support. These are the recommendations that came from that meeting:Altoona City ...

Erb has right ingredients

I am asking all Blair County Republicans to support Bruce Erb for Blair County commissioner.I've had the privilege to work with Erb for the past eight years. During this time, I have relied upon his experience and insight.He has shown throughout his banking career that he is a principled and ...

HASD focus lost

Think the quality of a school district only matters to families with school-aged children?Wrong.Good schools are the heartbeat of the community, attracting strong families, strong businesses and more. A school board sets the tone for a district that provides quality education. Its basic ...

Vote for Kelley

In order to continue making progress in the city of Altoona, it is imperative for the voters to understand the importance of this mayoral election.The city of Altoona needs a man with strong family values, leadership experience and a reputation for accomplishing tasks - Bruce Kelley.Kelley is ...

Pacifico a leader

I am writing to give my support to Mayor Matt Pacifico for re-election.He has shown leadership and a valuable understanding of business in helping me locate and secure a downtown location for my brewery. He went above and beyond to help me more than I ever expected from a city official, and I ...

C-K’s opportunity

This letter is being directed to the voters in the Claysburg-Kimmel School District. You have the opportunity to make a major impact on the future of your school district with your vote on May 19.You are urged to do your homework on the candidates for school board. Try to ascertain their ...