Opinion

Seeing both sides of Betsy DeVos

Opinion

People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a “white supremacist.” When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about ...

Draining food stamp swamp

Opinion

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is high on the Republican list of programs targeted for reform — and justifiably so. The program has gone from 17 million enrollees in 2000 to about 43 million today, with outlays up from about $25 billion to more than $70 billion. The Trump ...

Tax collection should become standardized

Editorials

One of the many downfalls of Pennsylvania having too many units of local government is needlessly convoluted and redundant tax collection. Millions of dollars that could go to services or back to taxpayers go instead to the cost of collection. The state government partially resolved that ...

Decision may leave AASD cash-strapped

Letters to the Editor

Let me start by saying that I am not completely against the new school being built, but more thought needed to be put into the current economic condition the school district is in prior to committing to a project this big. Currently the Altoona Area School District is running an annual ...

Tough decisions await lawmakers on state budget

Editorials

As has been evident for months, Pennsylvania’s state budget-preparation exercise for the 2018-19 fiscal year has been less acrimonious than the commonwealth’s three previous annual budget-making processes. Regarding those previous years, most state residents can recall the $2 ...

Nurse-patient ratios should be legislated

Letters to the Editor

I am a registered nurse who cared for acutely ill and critical hospital patients for 22 years. I became a nurse practitioner and cared for cardiac patients in and out of the hospital for an additional 15 years. I strongly endorse legislated minimum nurse-patient ratios as necessary for safe, ...

B-A shows it can see the future

Editorials

The upgrades planned for Bellwood-Antis Community Park will enhance the facility as an asset for people to enjoy — and about which to be proud — for many years. But as area residents look forward to a day when the upgrades will be completed, they should not fail to understand the three ...

Misinformation wears down ‘silent majority’

Letters to the Editor

For the last couple of months, I have been paying close attention to the mainstream media,various publications and many so-called online media news outlets and liberal, left-wing misinformation centers. All you see is a real attempt to silence conservatives via YouTube, Facebook, the ...

State support lags for public education

Letters to the Editor

The Tyrone Area School Board is proposing a tax increase in each of the three counties that it serves because, as board member Brian Bressler noted, they “are not getting money from the state like (they) did before.” Tyrone Area is making additional investments in student safety and ...

Sunderman concert hits a high note

Letters to the Editor

I attended The Sunderman Memorial Concert Series on Sunday, April 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altoona. What a joyous concert arranged by Tom Bradley and Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College and Professor Ari Isaacman-Beck. What talented guest musicians — piano major Nicolas de ...

Column spurs thoughts of remarkable Altoonan

Letters to the Editor

On reading John Frederick’s Mirror column in tribute to Jacques-Yves Cousteau, dated Feb. 7, I was moved to think about James Dugan (1912-1967) an author, historian, editor, magazine writer, naturalist and conservationist, who worked closely with the famous Frenchman collaborating on many of ...

Preservation vital of national parks

Letters to the Editor

National parks in our country are facing an $11.3 billion deferred maintenance backlog. Our national parks and trails, like our own 6 to 10 Trail in Blair County, are not only great tourism draws, they provide communities a competitive advantage in attracting new permanent residents and ...

Post-high school education good for kids, state

Opinion

For most students and their families, it’s not just a matter of which college offers the best education, or where the college is located, or which has the most beautiful or well-appointed campus. The deciding factor — or at least one of the deciding factors — may be which college ...

Schools must strategize on e-cigs

Editorials

Area school districts should set aside time this summer to deal with the issue of electronic cigarettes. For those districts that already have implemented policies and actions, the summertime task should consist of evaluating what’s been done so far and the success of those efforts, plus ...

Impeachment dollars could be better spent

Letters to the Editor

I was dismayed to learn that 12 Pennsylvania House representatives have sponsored resolutions to impeach four state Supreme Court justices. They argue that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated our state’s constitution when it imposed a new congressional map. It is ironic because the ...

New cancer screening for high-risk women

Letters to the Editor

The American College of Radiology recently released new guidelines for breast cancer screening. All women should be evaluated by age 30 to determine if they are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. This is particularly important for black women and those of Ashkenazi Jewish ...

Casey adds to nation’s ‘scary tilt’

Editorials

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey sat in Sun-Gazette offices in late February and talked about the need for bipartisanship and civility in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Nice words. Then Sen. Casey voted against Michael Pompeo’s confirmation as secretary of state, choosing to ...

PennDOT road work seems to be annual

Letters to the Editor

Not to come across as Andy Rooney, but did you ever notice that PennDOT seems to dig up the same roads year after year? I drive I-99 every day, and prior to last year, it was smooth in every spot. Then PennDOT started work late in the year, culminating in a bunch of patchwork that feels like ...

Mishler performance deserves an encore

Letters to the Editor

I just returned from the Mishler Theatre after watching “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.” This show was spectacular. I never saw a show where every single person in it was outstanding. Congratulations to everyone who had anything to do with this wonderful show. I don’t think I ever ...

Bream is right candidate for 79th

Letters to the Editor

I have known Sharon Bream for some time and feel that she is the right candidate for state representative for the 79th District. I feel she is a person of integrity and moral conviction. She is not afraid to face opposition and work toward outcomes that will benefit the taxpayers of this ...