Opinion

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 ...

Insurance industry is doing just fine

Letters to the Editor

Are you wondering what is “fake news?” I will give you an example here. Have you noticed news reports about health insurance companies backing out of Obamacare markets because they are not profitable? Fake news. The Federal Insurance office FIO publishes an annual report. It states ...

Anti-drug workshop valuable

Editorials

People of Blair County, particularly those residing in Altoona, where there are many rental properties, owe a debt of gratitude to the Altoona Housing Authority, Operation Our Town and the Central Pennsylvania Landlords Association. The three entities’ commitment to being a roadblock to the ...

2018 budget hard on vets, seniors

Letters to the Editor

The proposed 2018 United States budget passed by the House is going to be terribly hard on military families, not to mention 40 percent of the people of Altoona, because it will defund SNAP. SNAP is a program that most military families need to put food on the table, as well as most lower ...

Stop pretending guns will make us safer

Letters to the Editor

Gun control opponents should stop pretending that guns make us safer. If this was true, the United States, which has more guns per capita than any other nation on earth, would be the safest nation in the world. This is clearly not the case. Plus, the overwhelming weight of scientific ...

Chief of staff should separate from Trump

Letters to the Editor

There were four U.S. soldiers killed in Niger, but thanks to President Donald Trump, who has succeeded once again in muddying the waters, only one of the soldiers was in the news and for all the wrong reasons. This is an absolute disgrace. Four soldiers lost their lives in the service of ...

Sandusky nightmare never ends

Editorials

While employed at Penn State, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, despite his lofty athletic position, was but a speck within the massive university community. But what he has cost the school over the past six years monetarily, as well as to the university’s image and ...