Opinion

US ought to help Mexico

Editorials

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Theory of evolution can be denied

Letters to the Editor

In a recent letter to the editor, it was claimed that the theory of evolution cannot be denied. A big problem for evolution is that it has never been observed, which is quite devastating since observations are vital for science. No one has ever witnessed one kind of animal in the process of ...

Altoona measure worthwhile

Editorials

Whether in Altoona or any other municipality, ordinances are in place for good reasons. Among them are to maintain order, respond to existing problems or address anticipated issues. Municipalities with leaders who pay attention to the issues and concerns of today but also look routinely ...

Democrats don’t want opposite viewpoints

Letters to the Editor

For about the past 10 years or so, American politics have grown increasingly divisive. Violent protests, speech censorship and overall close-mindedness plague the modern political landscape. And all we have to blame is the left. Protesters proudly stop public speakers from voicing their ...

Playgrounds must strive for inclusion

Letters to the Editor

Recently, there was an article concerning Blair Park and Recreation Commission receiving funds to upgrade parks throughout Blair County. I would like to appeal on behalf of families of loved ones that have children with learning disabilities ranging from autism (varying levels on the ...

Trump is the one guilty of treason

Letters to the Editor

Here we have a president of the United States having declared many times how he doesn’t need any advice because he knows more than his generals and our intelligence community. The president declares to the world, in front of our allies, that there is no need for NATO, the European Union is ...

Lawsuit by MGM disturbing

Editorials

So crazy has the lawsuit climate become that a court filing last week probably should have come as no surprise. Still, it is more than a little unsettling. MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas, has filed suit against hundreds of victims of the mass ...

Hollywood celebs need to set example

Letters to the Editor

I appreciated Bruce “Pete” Williams’ letter on his calling out the Hollywood celebs’ behavior. They’re standing on stage accepting awards and using profanity and bashing every decent thing about our country instead of helping mend it. Williams is right: Hollywood never pays for ...

Tips to assist Service Paws

Letters to the Editor

Service Paws of Central PA collects aluminum can tabs as one of its signature fundraising efforts. First and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their continuing support by saving these tabs. To date, we have recycled over 4,500 pounds. As a reminder, when saving your tabs, please ...

Reporting of records troubling

Editorials

In this legislative and gubernatorial election year, Pennsylvania lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf were elated regarding their ability to complete work on the 2018-19 state budget prior to the June 30 deadline for finalizing the spending plan. Both the Republican-controlled Legislature and ...

With Trump, careful what you wish for

Letters to the Editor

As most government data reports, the tax cuts have dramatically increased the deficit and the growth in the economy is being driven by government borrowing, rather than the tax cuts alone. Additionally, the average tax cut I can donate to the National Education Association averages $17 a ...

‘Shenanigans’ prompted committee’s bylaws

Letters to the Editor

Having no ambitions for elected office, I do not wish to get bogged down in the swamp of nasty politics, but I feel compelled to respond to Sen. John Eichelberger Jr.’s June 14 letter accusing me of “manufacturing a lie.” The facts are that Eichelberger was defeated in court when ...

Love of country is part of faith

Letters to the Editor

I would like to congratulate the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, founded by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, the Promised Messiah and Mahdi, more than 120 years ago, on a successful three-day annual convention (Jalsa Salana). It was the 70th convention and indeed an extraordinary event where ...

AASD needs to proceed cautiously

Editorials

Whatever the Altoona Area School Board ultimately decides regarding the district’s administrative office space needs, paramount in that decision must be that it’s anchored with careful spending. The goal must not be creation of an administrative Taj Mahal. Rather, the facility eventually ...

Congress needs more who served country

Letters to the Editor

There was plenty of drama during the lengthy congressional hearing with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strok. Sadly, the congressional inquiry into bias and abuse of power by anti-Trump Strok was more of a partisan circus than an inquiry into the truth. I was appalled by the behavior of the ...

Letter to the editor

Letters to the Editor

TV has progressed, not for the better When we first married in 1953, we obtained a new black-and-white television with a 9-inch screen. We had a television antenna on our roof, and we did get several stations, and, if you tried for it, long-range stations. It had what they would call a ...

Our View-Gallitizin facing decision

Editorials

Our view Gallitzin facing decision Gallitzin Borough Council’s discussion last week about whether borough police officer Gil Barton should be allowed to work as a member of the Cambria County Specialized Emergency Response Team was important from the standpoint of available local police ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Another day, Altoona asks for another dollar Another day in Altoona, another headline stating the Altoona Area School Board is looking to spend more of our money. We are now being asked to foot the bill for a new sign, an unwanted and unnecessary expense. The current sign works. No one ...

Left too often relies on using scare tactics

Letters to the Editor

Well, here we go again. President Donald Trump has been afforded the opportunity of another Supreme Court pick, and the left is apoplectic. All the minions have been summoned and have obediently reported. First order of business, develop false and/or misleading talking points and ...

Financial oversight paramount

Editorials

The criminal case tied to the theft of $123,481 from the Pleasantville Assembly of God in Bedford County between 2011 and 2017 is winding toward a close, but there’s still an important issue that needs to be addressed. It’s the question of why only one person was entrusted with official ...