Opinion

Thanks to judge, Starr gets off easy

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in regard to the article on April 24 about former police officer Matthew Starr only getting probation and a very small fine for basically stealing thousands from the city of Altoona in so many ways. When I first saw this article, I had to look at the calendar because I thought ...

Reporting abuse: Much work still needed

Letters to the Editor

One sure outcome from the April 26 Abuse in Plain Sight Lunch and Learn Program offered to the public with speakers Jimmy Hinton and Shaun Daugherty is this: Reporting abuse doesn’t prevent it. While it took decades of perseverance for those who did report it and those who believed them to ...

Kaneshiki puts tax money to work

Letters to the Editor

Reelect Lois Kaneshiki to another term on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Kaneshiki is a talented and independent thinker. She is so dedicated to the quality of our children’s education that she spends the time to read and research books that are recommended for the classroom. ...

Election picks: Metzgar, Erb, Kelley

Letters to the Editor

I urge voters in Logan Township to reelect Joe Metzgar. Metzgar has always served with integrity and a commitment to do what is right for the township. He has always done his research on issues and put himself in the taxpayers shoes weighing what is the best option for the Township. Current ...

Erb helping county look toward future

Letters to the Editor

There are candidates running for Blair County commissioner who are campaigning on things from the past. Here is something from the past: The three county commissioners responsible for reassessment are Terry Tomassetti, Diane Meling and Ted Beam. They signed a contract with EST in 2014 to ...

Terchanik combines many good qualities

Letters to the Editor

I am pleased to endorse Anita Terchanik for the office of recorder of deeds and register of wills in Blair County. Terchanik’s experience as a title abstractor has made her familiar with this office. She understands the importance of keeping accurate and timely records; and the need of ...

Erb will continue fine service to county

Letters to the Editor

Four years ago, voters in Blair County made the right decision when they elected Bruce Erb county commissioner. We have begun to reap the benefits of having an ethical, hard-working commissioner with financial management experience to serve us. The difficult, but necessary, reassessment ...

Erb is an honest, thoughtful team player

Letters to the Editor

I had the pleasure of being Bruce Erb’s supervisor for many years at Hollidaysburg Trust Company. Erb always exhibited the attributes of honesty, integrity and compassion with all of the individuals he encountered. Erb is a team player. He approaches issues thoughtfully, analytically and ...

Spradling truly cares about city’s children

Letters to the Editor

As a resident of the Altoona Area School District, a parent of an AASD student and a teacher of 20 years, I confidently support Devin Spradling’s candidacy for the Altoona school board. The foremost reason I support Spradling is that he truly cares about our city’s children. As an ...

Bruces would benefit residents of county

Letters to the Editor

I’m supporting the two Bruces for Blair County commissioner. I’ve known both Bruce Erb and Bruce Kelley, and I’ve had the chance to work with both of them. Erb is a man of integrity, and his roots trace back to Williams­burg. I’m confident that Erb will continue to work hard for ...

Erb’s experience an asset to county

Letters to the Editor

I have known Bruce Erb personally, and worked with him, for many years while serving two local legislators for decades. Erb’s experience, integrity and expertise in financial management are assets we need to keep. He has a firm grip on the nuts and bolts of county governance. His robust ...

Erb a tireless leader for Blair County

Letters to the Editor

As Blair Countians go to the polls May 21, I encourage you to know the candidates for office. Bruce Erb is a candidate for re-election as a Blair County commissioner. I have observed him for several years and have seen that he has a heart for people. He tirelessly attends meetings of ...

Kelley’s experiences are above reproach

Letters to the Editor

Recent letters to the editor have accurately described the excellent qualifications of Bruce Kelley to be Blair County commissioner. His experiences in the political arena are above reproach. He is and will always be a dedicated public servant. Protecting the taxpayers and making the right ...

Online gambling leaving lottery profits at risk

Editorials

To varying degrees, lotteries impact the budgets of America’s states. Even if lottery profits are directed primarily toward funding specific programs, like in Pennsylvania, where senior citizen programs benefit, those profits enable states to avoid tapping general fund budgets for that ...

Democratic party embraces socialism

Letters to the Editor

I certainly don’t know about the rest of you out there, but I am really getting disgusted with all the garbage out there in the political arena. What has happened to the people in this country? You cannot give everything to everyone; it must be earned to be appreciated. The greed of ...

Spradling will work to control bullying

Letters to the Editor

Anyone that knows me knows how I feel about the Altoona Area School District. On May 18, 2017, my 12-year-old son, Wyatt James Lansberry, took his own life due to bullying. There were a lot of actions that could have prevented it from happening. Not one school board member reached out to my ...

Dunio will rely on heart and soul

Letters to the Editor

I would enthusiastically cast a vote for my friend Matt Dunio for district judge on May 21. I remember meeting Dunio when we were both scrawny young men with a whole lot of heart and soul. I watched him as an inexperienced amateur boxer compete in the Toughman competition, a big deal back ...

McCaffrey’s thinking will benefit HASD

Letters to the Editor

Tom McCaffrey has the background, skill and personal traits to be an exemplary member of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. McCaffrey has dedicated his life to ensuring that all children are given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. He was a teacher and coach, is the father ...

Spradling works well with young people

Letters to the Editor

I am writing about the upcoming Altoona Area School Board election. One of the candidates running is Devin Spradling. I know his main goal is to stop bullying. If anyone can do this Spradling can. If I could vote for him, I would and so would my family. He knows how to interact with young ...

Erb finds solutions to difficult issues

Letters to the Editor

As someone who has worked closely with county government, I have directly witnessed commissioner Bruce Erb’s leadership, honesty and sincerity towards difficult issues, particularly adequate services for those suffering from mental illness within the Blair County Prison. For numerous ...