Opinion

Feathers deserved to lose his position

Letters to the Editor

Regarding Randy Feathers, who was forced to resign his position with the state: Excuse me?What right does this man have to feel sorry for himself? He sent sexually charged emails using the commonwealth email system.Shame on him and the others involved.What kind of morals do these people have? ...

Vandalism ‘lowest form’

Letters to the Editor

To whomever took the cross from my mother's grave at Logan Valley Cemetery in Bellwood: Why?Why would you take something that meant nothing to you? It meant a lot to our family and especially my brother. But to you it meant nothing.Was it in fun? Or spite? If you still have it, please return ...

Society needs laws to ‘protect itself’

Letters to the Editor

It is an apocalypse.The trumpet blasts, a seal is broken. The secret archives are opened.A plague? A coming chastisement? One 150,000 documents collected by our bishops and priests graphically detailing their sexual abuse of parishioners and the coverup of the crimes for 50 years.It makes me ...

Not ready for driverless risks

Other Commentaries

We love technology ... most of the time.We use it everyday.Sure, it can be a pain ... and it does become addicting.Look at all the people walking around staring only - and long and hard - at their cellphones.There's a limit ... or at least, there should be a limit that parents place on their ...

Keep focus on Clinton’s dishonesty

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WASHINGTON - When my syndicate editor told me a few clients had been asking, "Don't you have anyone over there who can write something positive about Donald Trump?" I thought, well, that could be fun.But hard.Then, as if the Muses and Fates had conspired to help me in this Olympian task, ...

To ID voters or not to ID voters?

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Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

Katrina lessons unheeded

Editorials

Pennsylvania residents aren't strangers to floodwaters' destructive force.Many people of this region recall vividly the widespread damage of 1972, when Tropical Storm Agnes pummeled a wide swath of the state. Although Blair County was on the fringe of that weather event, Altoona and a number of ...

Altoona neighbors save ‘our loving companion’

Letters to the Editor

Everyone hears the bad in people. I think it's time to hear the good.Our dog escaped the yard at 25th Avenue and 4th Street. People stopped and got out of their cars and tried to help catch our dog.People like these make up the majority - not the minority.People like Kim Etters and Tim Behe ...

Altoona streets ‘are a royal mess’

Letters to the Editor

Broad and Beale Avenues between 31st Street and 58th Street are heavily traveled roads along with other streets in the city of Altoona.When did the city become a rural area? With the bituminous resurfacing of the areas above, it sure looks like one.This stuff is a royal mess.Having a vehicle, ...

New Year’s should be ‘labor’ of love

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As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year.Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, ...

Manafort: ‘To Russia, with love’

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So much for the old accusation that the Republican Party has a "Cold War mentality." Or if it still does, it has switched sides.The 2016 presidential campaign continues to play out like a Christopher Buckley novel gone completely off the rails, perhaps most implausibly in Paul Manafort's role ...

Eichelberger off base on child abuse crimes

Letters to the Editor

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. stated that some child sex abuse victims were out for the money.He could not be further from the truth.Recently, there was a debate regarding the retroactivity part of the child sex abuse statute of limitation reform bill. Eichelberger even said that the ...

State cops’ exodus raises flags

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The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association has posted bright flags warning of a potentially devastating trooper retirement tsunami looming just over the horizon.If the storm comes together and the retirement tidal wave hits, it would severely strain police resources, impair our ability to deal ...

Address Newburg stench

Editorials

Fortunately, the sewage-odor problem that's been plaguing Newburg isn't a year-round nuisance.It occurs in dry conditions like this area has experienced in recent weeks, when there's not enough water in the combined storm-sanitary sewer system to adequately wash out sewage matter from ...

PA Supreme Court should decide SOL

Letters to the Editor

Prior to March 1, I had little insight into the legal plight of child sexual abuse victims in Pennsylvania or across the country.After the truth of the abuse and cover-up in the Altoona -Johnstown Diocese was revealed, the glaring problem was heartbreaking. The issue of statute of limitations ...

Better days are here already

Other Commentaries

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice last week I had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opened with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

Black vote needs more attention

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Who would have thought that Donald Trump, of all people, would be addressing the fact that the black community suffers the most from a breakdown of law and order?But sanity on racial issues is sufficiently rare that it must be welcomed, from whatever source it comes.When establishment ...

UN fails mission of peace

Editorials

When was the last time you remember reading of the United Nations' peacekeeping forces actually keeping the peace?It has been awhile, hasn't it?More likely is that you have seethed over reports of the blue-helmeted "peacekeepers" doing nothing as they watched people be slaughtered.It happened ...

We’re underdogs in reassessment

Letters to the Editor

Picture yourself going to a football game to cheer for your favorite team. It's an away game.A few minutes into the game, your team scores a touchdown, but the scoreboard scrolls a message saying the touchdown doesn't count because the runner didn't follow the home team's scoring rules.Please ...

Sheriff in Wisconsin speaks truth

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Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace.A contemporary and real-life version of those ...