Opinion

Best appreciates farm industry

Letters to the Editor

Farm income has fallen sharply since 2013. Seventy percent of America’s farmers live below the poverty level. Large corporations dictate prices and practices for raising and selling crops and livestock. President Donald Trump rolled back rules President Barack Obama had put in place, ...

Joyce can address health care crisis

Letters to the Editor

The composition of Congress is changing, and we from Blair County have the opportunity to impact that change. The health care crisis looms over every one of us, and we have a chance to send a thoughtful man to Washington. I have talked to John Joyce and listened to him present what our ...

Trump has country on the right track

Letters to the Editor

Ask yourself a question: Are we, as a country, better off than just two years ago? I was a lifelong Democrat until 2017. In June 2016, on PBS, President Obama said you’d better get used to 2 percent GDP, and the only way President Trump would bring back industry was with a magic wand. I, ...

Wagner will restore state’s financial picture

Letters to the Editor

When the people of Penn­sylvania can see what has not been done well for our state, we have the answer for changing that by voting for the man that will. He is Scott Wagner, the man for all the people of the state. Wagner knows well the hardships of the taxpayers in this state and how hard ...

Joyce can check important boxes

Letters to the Editor

As a voter, I look at candidates to see if they represent the values of my conscience. There is one candidate for U.S. Congress who checks all the meaningful boxes. John Joyce is: 1. Pro-life 2. Pro-Second Amendment 3. Pro-military When I heard Joyce say “a strong military is ...

Replacing Haley won’t be that easy

Editorials

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed last ...

Dillen leaves a special legacy

Letters to the Editor

This is a followup to the front-page article remembering on the passing of Chick Dillen. Let me take you back to Oct. 21, 1968. I was two weeks discharged from the U.S. Navy when I got hired at Ward Trucking Co. in Altoona. I was assigned to the customer relations/cargo claims department. ...

Who are these ‘Never Trumpers?’

Letters to the Editor

Essentially, these are cowardly men and women, and of course Democrats, resentful of President Donald Trump for the simple reason he is not one of them. They despise this man because he vanquished them and, more so, because in his own manly way he renounces their feigned approval and their ...

Joyce ‘genuinely interested’ in serving

Letters to the Editor

So who do we want for our new congressman in the 13th District? If you are like me, you want to cast your vote for a non-politician, an ethical and intelligent candidate who has the best interests of the people at heart. I find that candidate in John Joyce. I find Joyce to be authentic, ...

Ward is ‘right on the issues’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is written to respectfully ask citizens to support Judy Ward as our next state senator. Judy Ward is right on the issues. She is fiscal conservative when it comes to taxes and spending, supports our economic foundations of agriculture and business, knows education is about our ...

Prayer gives Joyce ‘right intentions’

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I heard congressional candidate John Joyce talk about his decision to run for U.S. Congress. John Joyce said that he was motivated to address the problems of our health care system. This made sense to my wife and me. A doctor should be incredibly valuable in solving the huge mess in ...

Blair County budget planning shows progress

Editorials

Pennsylvania counties’ annual budget preparations seldom are as traumatic, contentious and politically charged as what goes on in Harrisburg practically every year. That’s true even when the first county budget drafts seem extremely troublesome. Most counties find a way to make cuts and ...

At Altoona, ‘everything just works’

Other Commentaries

To many who never set foot inside Altoona Area High School, stereotypes are conjured of a gritty, urban institution where both gangs and drugs are prevalent. And when a rare story is newsworthy — like students making poor choices at a basketball game last year or the rumor of a shooting ...

Ford’s testimony fooled local writer

Letters to the Editor

After reading Jason Runk’s letter on Oct. 9, I had to write. I hope he is never on a jury, as he would convict without a shred of evidence. He believes whatever is put before him without any evidence. A good story from an educated individual is enough for him. I will admit that Ford’s ...

Lack of budget should bite Wolf

Letters to the Editor

Nearly every morning, we turn on the news to see intentional misinformation start our days. While refraining from false claims of any party or anyone based off of their beliefs, one must make themselves aware of the ridiculousness of certain elected officials before voting Nov. 6. I am ...

Troubling issues at heart of election

Letters to the Editor

This letter is not meant for the Trump base. Rather, it is for those among us who have been appalled by the belligerent divide and conquer emanating from both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. This election, whether at the federal or state level, is a referendum on those who favor and those who ...

Joyce knows how to be a team player

Letters to the Editor

Our recommendation for U.S. Congress is John Joyce. We have known Joyce since he was a young man. Our perspective is unique. We have seen him in many situations as a neighbor, friend, football player, student and personal physician. As a student, he was outstanding, as evidenced by his many ...

Principled, proven Ward for Senate

Letters to the Editor

Judy Ward is a dynamic leader who, in four years as state representative, stopped income and sales tax increases, delivered record funding for education and helped reform the public pension system. She supported property tax elimination, debt control reform, school safety and more. She votes ...

Joyce represents region’s values

Letters to the Editor

This election, on Nov. 6, we have a candidate to represent the ideals of our conservative community. John Joyce will work hard to protect our conservative values, including protection of innocent life and our Second Amendment rights. He has pledged to protect and strengthen Social Security ...

Exploring regional police force

Editorials

At Cresson Borough Council’s meeting on Monday, during which discussion centered on police manpower, Chief Brad Klock used what to many communities is a controversial word: “regionalizing.” “Places have to start regionalizing,” Klock said, referring to the police staffing shortage ...