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Opinion

Beam willing to make the tough decisions

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in support of commissioner Ted Beam for re-election as a Blair County commissioner for another term. Beam has been out in front making the difficult decisions that have placed Blair County in a strong financial position for the future. The county now has a sound financial base ...

Erb, Webster deserve county’s support

Letters to the Editor

As many citizens of Blair County know, the sting of mismanaged county government can turn into an irreparable shock. Many hardworking taxpayers suffer from elected officials misdirecting their money. Luckily for us, two great candidates will appear on the ballot for county commissioner this ...

Burns has track record to benefit Hollidaysburg

Letters to the Editor

We are supporting Brandon Burns for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board in the November election. With five seats available, and three of the incumbents not seeking re-election, it is time for some new ideas and energy on the school board. Burns is an excellent choice to fill one of those ...

Burke committed to helping families

Letters to the Editor

Laura Burke has earned my vote for Blair County commissioner. As a former county employee and local attorney, Burke has experience working with various county offices and is familiar with what goes on in our courthouse. She knows what hard-working commissioners can do for our county. ...

Lovable dog endures her untimely fate

Letters to the Editor

Judy was a miniature long-haired dachshund loved by everyone. She was a ray of sunshine on every day as her owner walked her on a leash in Hollidays­burg. I sadly say “was” because Judy met an untimely fate by another dog. A reminder to all who walk dogs: They are to be on a leash ...

PA ‘restore’ effort needs bipartisanship

Editorials

In June, as Pennsylvania lawmakers were working to put the finishing touches on the current 2019-20 state budget, legislative Republican leaders indicated that consideration of Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” proposal would be put on hold until the fall, at the earliest. Judging ...

Planned Parenthood must be defunded

Letters to the Editor

My letter is to express utter disdain regarding Planned Parenthood’s sinister ways to siphon off/channel our tax dollars for its efforts in the destruction of the little ones in the womb, by abortion. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and others of their stripe utilize their power ...

Beam, Erb have put partisan politics aside

Letters to the Editor

As loyal fans of the Altoona Curve, it would have been unfortunate had the franchise owners been forced to pull out due to a lack of maintenance funds for PNG Field. The arrangement that was negotiated to allow some of the funds from the hotel tax in the county to go to stadium maintenance ...

Keep Bream, Johnston on Altoona board

Letters to the Editor

Sharon Bream and Ron Johnston are two terrific individuals who have proven their integrity, fiscal conservatism, and care for our students as members of the Altoona Area School Board. They are properly representing our community by opposing the new high school building project and seeking to ...

Dear PSU Altoona: Congrats

Editorials

Penn State Altoona says its mission is “to cultivate a vibrant learning environment through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach and the advancement of personal, social and intellectual growth.” The campus further states that it seeks “to empower a diverse ...

Hate, not mental illness, fueling mass killings

Letters to the Editor

Propaganda has been used throughout history to make people believe something is true when it is not, or not true when it is. Now, President Trump is using propaganda to say all who commit mass murder with high powered weapons are mentally ill. In a letter to the Mirror last month, writer ...

Ickes is right fit for city council

Letters to the Editor

Jesse Ickes will make a fine member of Altoona City Council. I’ve known Ickes for years, and I know his commitment to our community and his willingness to be hands-on when it comes to working for our community. Ickes is a unifier and strives to bring people together — something that ...

Dems expose Biden

Editorials

Clearly, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi smells blood in the water. Otherwise, she would not have launched an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. The question now is whether House Democrats circling to take a political bite out of Trump will attempt to ignore a ...

Socialism is not what’s spreading hatred

Letters to the Editor

Everyone and their brother are now experts on socialism and warn us repeatedly that America is on the verge of a socialist takeover. Why? Well, it is due to the fact that a couple of people claiming to be socialists were elected to serve in the capitalist’s government. Do these people ...

Blame mental health, not Trump, for violence

Letters to the Editor

Reading the Sept. 10 rant by Elizabeth Shade deserves swift response. Once again Shade posts an opinion without facts and deems her rhetoric factual. So let me clear up her glaring misgivings: Mental health is the issue for these mass shootings. No one in their right mind would casually ...

Lawmakers put costs ahead of patients

Other Commentaries

The Senate Finance Committee just advanced a sweeping Medicare overhaul. Unfortunately, the bill does little to help America’s sickest patients; it jeopardizes physicians’ ability to provide timely, quality care to tens of millions of Americans. Congress would be wise to reject it. ...

Ickes, Carper would be vote for Altoona future

Letters to the Editor

Nov. 5 is the general election in Blair County. I’m voting for Jesse Ickes and Joe Carper for Altoona City Council. I’ve known both gentlemen for several years and have worked with them on various projects, and I find their attention to detail and commitment to our community to be of ...

Folmer behavior troubling

Editorials

The “personal problems/issues” to which he alluded did not give 63-year-old Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, the right or authority to access child pornography. Although Folmer must be judged innocent until proven guilty, the senator, elected to his fourth term last ...

Where are the moderate Republicans?

Letters to the Editor

In a popular song from the 1960s, Peter, Paul and Mary ask the listener,”Where have all the flowers gone?” For those of you who don’t remember (or who weren’t even born yet), it was a song challenging people to rise up against what was happening in society then and challenging ...

FAA oversight needs total reevaluation

Editorials

The worldwide grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets in March in the aftermath of two fatal crashes that claimed a total of 346 lives hasn’t garnered much visible attention and discussion in this part of Pennsylvania. Most flight- and airport-related public attention in recent months has ...