Opinion

Improving retirement important

Opinion

These days, a secure retirement increasingly is out of reach for many working adults, especially those employed by small businesses. That’s because here in Pennsylvania, 44 percent of private sector employees ages 18 to 64 — roughly 2.1 million individuals — work for an employer that ...

On molestation, the broken break again

Letters to the Editor

There was a time not too long ago when I was much younger than I am to today, when, if young women were sexually molested, it was said that sexual molestation must have happened because of short red skirts or because blouses weren’t buttoned up to their necks or makeup was too dark and too ...

Single-payer care much better option

Letters to the Editor

Often, when you hear Republicans talk about single-payer health care, you will hear them talk about a forced government program that takes away freedom from patients. This is false for several reasons, but alternatively, we can all vouch for what little freedom we actually have when dealing ...

Federal tax reform time finally here

Opinion

The year was 1986. Ronald Reagan was in the White House; the average gallon of gas cost 88 cents; and the average income per year was $17,321. A lot of things have changed since then, but one thing that hasn’t is our federal tax system, as 1986 marked the last time that it was ...

Hollidaysburg sets model for vets’ meal

Letters to the Editor

This is an acknowledgment to the students, teachers, administration and staff at the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School for the great veterans breakfast Nov. 9. The kids did a wonderful job serving a great meal. They had it beautifully decorated, were very attentive and ready to do ...

State gambling with taxpayers’ financial future

Editorials

When the Pennsylvania Legislature finally finished funding the state’s 2017-18 budget in late October — nearly four months beyond the constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline — it seemed certain that a window for fiscal problems “down the road” was left open. On Nov. 16, that ...

Keeping dialogue important

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15. At the same time, use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social ...

Don’t bet against gambling’s benefits

Letters to the Editor

I am extremely disappointed in the lack foresight by our two local government officials. State Senator John Eichelberger and State Representative John McGinnis do not seem to realize that a great opportunity is staring them right in the face with a chance to bring a casino to this area. ...

Buying local aids our region

Editorials

From a retail perspective, the Altoona area has remained generally fortunate. Despite the major store closings that many places have been experiencing, Blair County has escaped much of the exodus resulting from the growth of online and television-based shopping. Brick-and-mortar stores ...

Spirit of Thanksgiving what really matters

Editorials

As a Nov. 6 Wall Street Journal article headlined “The Whenever Thanksgiving” pointed out, more Americans are celebrating what’s often dubbed “Turkey Day” earlier than on this fourth Thursday of the year’s 11th month. One focus of the article was the fact that a recent survey of ...

Prioritize computer training

Editorials

Some people might consider the recommendation too obvious to devote an editorial, but in this state one can never be certain about an outcome. Therefore, it must be said that the Pennsylvania State Board of Education should launch a concerted push on behalf of making computer science ...

Letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Eichelberger, McGinnis show lack of vision I have read with utter disdain the position that Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. and Rep. John McGinnis have taken concerning the possibility of having a casino built in Altoona or the surrounding area. Eichelberger was quoted as saying “I don’t ...

Sharing a bit of Thanksgiving wisdom

Opinion

By James F. Burns Some surviving family writings from the 1800s provide perspective on being thankful for a wide variety of things. Thus we may be thankful: For natural beauty—Cumberland Gap, 1895: Since the train tunnel through the mountain had collapsed, Mary Hosbrook found herself ...

Groper’s gallery of grotesque

Opinion

WASHINGTON — It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized — groping. Gropers abound, it seems. From Harvey Weinstein to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al ...

Don’t succumb to disease of ignorance

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to Joseph Brubaker’s cry for information in his recent letter to the editor regarding addiction. Yes sir, addiction is, in fact, a disease. No, it is not contagious, nor are other conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or depression. Like the aforementioned list of ...

Right call made in shuttering Johnstown bar

Opinion

We applaud the Johnstown Police Department for taking action that led to a Hornerstown bar yielding its liquor license in the wake of a fatal shooting there. The Clubhouse at 900 Ash St. has been a regular trouble spot for city police. Chief Robert Johnson said officers have been called to ...

Dems have clear path to Senate

Opinion

Until recently, it looked like Republicans were almost certain to retain control of the U.S. Senate following the 2018 mid-term elections. Many commentators noted that Nancy Pelosi’s team might have a shot at winning control of the House. But the Senate was different. Only a third of the ...

Have I got a bridge for you!

Opinion

“Dear Donald: If you really believe me, if you think us Russians didn’t try to tilt the election in your favor, then I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. It’s in Brooklyn. Yours faithfully, Vlad.” That note could well have been waiting for President Donald Trump as he returned from ...

Selection process for Lt. Gov needs further evaluation

Editorials

A proposed constitutional amendment being discussed again in Harrisburg to change the method by which Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is selected is worth pursuing. Legislation to implement that change should be passed in the current legislative session and the one that will begin in ...

Don’t hurt middle class with tax hike

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...