Opinion

Coal country eyes renaissance

Opinion

With the Trump administration just days away from taking the reins of power in Washington, coal country rightfully waits with great anticipation. The Obama administration’s war on coal cut deep in a number of states that rely on the industry as a backbone of their economies. The ...

In tragedy, county puts its best foot forward

Letters to the Editor

The tragedy of the Trooper Landon Weaver shooting is something that hit every one of us in so many ways. We believe that everyone felt the pain and sorrow of this horrific event. We also believe that Blair County showed what this community is about in the aftermath of the tragic ...

Congress starts on wrong foot

Editorials

Republicans of the new 115th Congress were right in killing a plan to effectively strip the independent Office of Congressional Ethics of its power and put it under lawmakers’ control. It’s hard to fathom how the lawmakers responsible for the proposal could have been so out of touch with ...

Commissioners off mark

Letters to the Editor

The Blair County commissioners fail to realize that it is not the need for reassessment that is the cause of citizen concern but instead the totally unfair and illogical way in which it was implemented. In addition, the treatment of the citizens who have entered the appeal process and have ...

State police appreciate support for fallen officer

Letters to the Editor

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the citizens of Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for more than 22 years and was humbly moved by the show of support by citizens, law enforcement and emergency responders at the recent ...

Transferring technology to blind

Opinion

The special problems of the elderly blind in central Pennsylvania came home to me when I was a patient last year at HealthSouth’s Physical Rehabilitation Hospital in Pleasant Gap. I am a 69-year-old paraplegic. I was in the hospital because I broke my ankle. My ankle has since ...

Organ donation ‘correct decision’

Letters to the Editor

Reading Susan Stuart’s article (Dec. 30, “Willing to receive but not give”) was very interesting, educational and mind boggling. We are all entitled to our own feelings, decisions and actions. While being blessed to be alive on this beautiful earth, we must realize that when our ...

‘Ground zero’ of VA struggles

Opinion

Despite intense public scrutiny and leadership changes at the top of the VA, a whistleblower says patient care has not improved at a troubled Phoenix facility, which two years ago became the focus of criticism. A Department of Veterans Affairs employee, who initially called attention to the ...

State riding dangerous fiscal course

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision not to seek 2017-18 income and sales tax increases puts Pennsylvania on track for a more amicable budget-preparation exercise than the first two of Wolf’s administration. Still, it’s premature to speculate that Harrisburg will accomplish its budget mission ...

Trump following Reagan’s footsteps

Letters to the Editor

Donald Trump promised jobs during the election. He plans on creating jobs by giving gigantic tax breaks to the richest Americans. The last person to do this was Ronald Reagan. He passed huge tax cuts for the super rich. Sure enough, thousands and thousands of jobs were created. Sadly, ...

Repair ties with Israel

Editorials

Fortunately, Israeli officials and citizens have been well aware for several years that President Barack Obama is no friend of the Jewish state. They also understand that in less than three weeks, Obama will be out of the White House. That will leave President-elect Donald Trump, the State ...

Climate change letter misquotes statistics

Letters to the Editor

It was stated in a letter to the editor on Dec. 29 that “Human-caused climate change is no longer a debate. … 98 percent of climate ‘experts’ agree that climate change is anthropogenic, resulting primarily from the burning of fossil fuels.” This is the most often misquoted statistic ...

Address reform in steps

Editorials

Haste makes waste, especially in Washington, D.C. There, undue haste to replace the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — could make it or something worse permanent. As its unofficial name implies, the national health care takeover law is President Barack Obama’s baby. Reportedly, he and ...

Trump probably will be impeached in first year

Letters to the Editor

It is my understanding that the Electoral College was established mainly to guarantee that a qualified person would become president and that the election would not be manipulated by outside sources. It does not necessarily reflect the will of the majority. To the first point, Donald Trump, ...

Safe sidewalks and crossing zones vital

Letters to the Editor

Amid flashing lights, screeching tires and a near miss, some how students manage to cross at 17th Street and Ninth Avenue before the light changes. Right-of-way is not something taken seriously in Altoona. In fact, many students have the right-of-way with a walking pedestrian signal. However, ...

Dangers to police too real

Editorials

Trooper Landon E. Weaver had been a member of the Pennsylvania State Police for only about six months when he was gunned down Friday as he responded to an alleged protection-from-abuse-order violation. The death of the 23-year-old East Freedom native is the latest grim reminder that whenever ...

Wagner should resolve to restore funding, jobs

Letters to the Editor

I, along with my fiancee, Melissa Fisher, worked for the Altoona Unemployment Compensation office for nearly nine years each. On that last day of our employment, Dec. 19, Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. was stopping each car as they tried to exit the parking lot at the end of their shift, ...

Pennsylvania gov’t lets workers down

Letters to the Editor

What did closing two complete offices of the Pa. Unemployment Offices prove? Why, if the system wasn’t working, did the regular day-to-day employees get the boot? They are not the ones responsible for the problems. They go to work every day and do their job. The problem is not theirs to ...

Commissioners have sold us down river

Letters to the Editor

What a shame that Blair County doesn’t have normal people for commissioners. We must get the bottom of the barrel all the time. Why don’t they just admit that they know nothing about what they just did as far as reassessment is concerned? Waiting 58 years to reassess was just plain ...

Schools should strive for an earlier start

Letters to the Editor

Schools should start at 8 or 8:30 a.m. That way when it is cold, kids do not need to miss their first two classes of the day, and we should stick to Eastern Standard Time. If schools start later, kids will not be out in the dark waiting for buses, and we will have longer days. Kids will ...