Letters to the Editor

Kaneskiki inspires through mentoring

In my opinion, Lois Kaneshiki will work tirelessly to advocate for our children and the taxpayer. I've known Kaneshiki and her family for many years; she is ambitious, committed and honest.Setting the direction for the school district's future is what I'm sure she'll focus on. She has ...

Erb would be dedicated as commissioner

For many years, I've remained uninvolved in politics because of my disillusionment with candidates that I'd believed in.Finally, there is a candidate that I can endorse without any reservation. Bruce Erb is a candidate for Blair County commissioner, and I am certain that this is a person who ...

Youth should decide who wins elections

I agree with limiting terms, but for voters.At age 18, they would cast their first vote and 10 years later, at 28, their last one. They would be the only eligible voters. This would allow the youth to decide who runs our country.This would allow these young people who are called on to defend ...

Tomassetti solves issues

I'm voting for Terry Tomassetti because the county's financial condition has improved considerably under his leadership.With just one tax increase since taking office, county taxes remain the lowest county-wide compared to school districts and municipalities.He reduced the size of government by ...

Pacifico cares about city

Matthew Pacifico was the first mayor to come to my neighborhood, concerning blighted homes. Lee Slusser, who is also concerned about blight, came with him.It was not a 10-minute walk-through photo op, with the mayor saying "we'll check into it" never to be heard from again. We had a lengthy ...

Starr has drive, attitude

This primary election offers many opportunities that can be labeled as "new," among them would be our newly approved form of city government.Altoona will now utilize a full-time mayor - also, new.I understand that the person elected will have significant authority in directing the city's ...

Eichelberger should embrace common sense

Even though the state Legislature, including Republicans in his own party, has twice voted down his "paycheck protection" legislation, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr., R-Blair, vows to introduce the bill again.Along with this anti-worker proposal, Eichelberger is also responsoring Senate Bill ...

Kelley right man

On Nov. 4, 2014, the citizens of Altoona elected to change our form of government - this vote greatly increased the role and responsibilities of the mayor.Two weeks after this vote, the Altoona City Council wanted to increase city real estate taxes by 2.5 mills. Only one of the candidates ...

Erb understands future

Blair County needs strong leadership from our next county commissioner, and Bruce Erb is that person.He is a lifelong resident of Blair County and has many years of experience in strategic planning and financial management.He is active in local organizations that have relied on his judgment and ...

Erb ‘ideal candidate’

It was my privilege to work with Bruce Erb for many years.His strong financial background, combined with his innate common sense and a very high degree of integrity make Erb an ideal candidate for Blair County commissioner.Roger OswaldWilliamsburg

Kelley most qualified

Bruce Kelley is, without a doubt, the most qualified candidate for the mayoral position in Altoona.Not only has he been a city councilman for the past 12 years, but he has also been a great community advocate through his interactions on several ad-hoc committee assignments and various ...

Address pothole issue

The city of Altoona is worrying about grass growing too high, blighted properties, now sidewalks.How about the pot-hole infested streets? It is about time they are held responsible for your car repairs and accidents happening because of them.It is a shame people have to put up with this sick ...

Recycle appropriately

I would personally like to acknowledge Frankstown Township for the recycling center at the township building. It is convenient and keeping pace with environmental concerns.But who are the lazy people using the center to dump trash that does not belong there? I have found boxes of Styrofoam ...

Tomassetti aids farmers

I have worked in agriculture, Blair County's largest industry, my entire life, and I am voting for Terry Tomassetti for commissioner in the upcoming Republican primary.Tomassetti pays attention to local farmers. A member of the Blair County Farm Bureau, he attends our legislative meetings and ...

In support of Erb

I am writing to support Bruce Erb for Blair County commissioner.I have known Erb both personally and professionally for more than 30 years. His background as a professional banker gives him the financial acumen necessary to deal with the fiscal issues facing Blair County.Erb is a family man who ...

Fulare teaches values

I have known Jerry Fulare as my best friend's father.He is a loving father and very involved with his family. He has raised three beautiful children to become responsible Catholic adults who succeeded in athletics, volunteering in the community and giving to others.He has taught his family, and ...

Erb will hit right notes

The following letter is in support of Bruce Erb, candidate for county commissioner.Erb is a friend whom I have known for over five decades.This French horn player is a supporter of the arts. I can assure you that Erb is a person of utmost integrity. It has been a delight to watch Erb and his ...

Metzgar experienced

This year the Republican county commissioner race offers voters a chance to bring someone new to county government: Joe Metzgar.Metzgar will be new to the county government but not to serving the community. He has been a Logan Township supervisor for the past eight years and is currently the ...

Erb can be trusted

The county needs a proven and knowledgeable individual to oversee the county's finances and to allocate those resources with fiscal discipline.Bruce Erb has devoted his entire career to the financial services sector, presently serving as the senior vice president, director of trust services, ...

Bruce Kelley for mayor

I'm writing on behalf of Bruce Kelley, a candidate for Altoona mayor. I have known Bruce for many years and watched him grow up in the church where he developed his values. He is a man who loves his children and is actively involved with them.Bruce served on Altoona City Council for the past 12 ...