Opinion

Irwin can bring ‘pivotal link’

Letters to the Editor

District judges are a crucial initial first tier part of local justice. This job is a pivotal link between law enforcement resources and the courts because of the critical duty of properly interpreting the law and analyzing charges to determine whether or not cases proceed to trial. It ...

Polito can bring special expertise

Letters to the Editor

An essential quality of a good judge is not only his/her ability to exhibit sound legal judgment but compassion as well. For more than 20 years, through his active involvement with Special Olympics, attorney Curt A. Polito has been committed to people with special needs. Not only as a ...

Patton would mark smooth transition

Letters to the Editor

The question this election in the prothonotary’s race is who has the experience and the proven leadership to lead the office. That person is Robin Patton. Patton has 17 years on the job experience and knows that office better than anyone with the exception of Carol Newman, the ...

State should cut voting age down to 17

Editorials

The nearly 500 pieces of legislation that have been introduced around the country this year aimed at increasing voter participation include proposals to lower the voting age from 18 to 17. Pennsylvania should adopt that change, and the U.S. Constitution should be amended to permit the lower ...

Nothing fake about ‘daily miracle’

Opinion

The term “news media” can mean a lot of different things these days, but at the Pennsylvania News­-Media Association, the news media that we work with are Pennsylvania’s newspapers and online-only news publications. There are 77 daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, more than 175 ...

Donaldson committed to fighting crime

Letters to the Editor

An important vote is yours to make May 16 for Blair County district attorney. It’s one my pro-life husband of 34 years has been preparing for his entire life. Altoona native Robert Donaldson grew up in the Fairview section, graduated Altoona High and Penn State with a degree in ...

Donley shows he’ll fight for AASD students

Letters to the Editor

The Altoona Area School District faces many significant challenges over the next four years, and we need school board members who can lead the District to face those challenges head on. The AASD board faces decisions that will impact the quality of education that AASD students receive for ...

Blattenberger has ‘vast knowledge of law’

Letters to the Editor

Being Andrew Blattenberger’s former employer, present client and longtime friend, I am uniquely qualified to comment on his candidacy for magisterial district judge. In 1996, I hired Blattenberger as a legislative intern in my office. I continued to follow his career as he worked for the ...

Consiglio has dedicated his life to prosecution

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to express my support and endorsement for Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio to continue serving as the lead prosecutor in Blair County. I was fortunate enough to work in Consiglio’s office from 2012-14 as an advocate for crime victims. I can assure you ...

Waltz will be committed to transparency

Letters to the Editor

Cristi Waltz is a business owner who has worked with the public for many years. As Blair County prothonotary, she will be accessible to the public and all county personnel by being present in the office five days a week, working with judges, county commissioners, law enforcement and ...

Polito will implement full veterans court

Letters to the Editor

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pennsylvania has one of the highest populations of Veterans in the United States (ranking fourth). Moreover, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, Blair County has the highest concentration of veterans in the state ...

Consiglio’s experience has brought results

Letters to the Editor

We are writing to ask that you vote for Richard A. Consiglio for district attorney in the upcoming election. The reason we ask this, is that we witnessed firsthand how Consiglio performed his duties on a case in February 2012. This case involved Jason Sanders, as he was on trial for homicide ...

Serving as president speaks highly of Sommer

Letters to the Editor

It is soon our time as voters to consider our choice of Hollidaysburg Area School Board director. The Hollidaysburg Area School District has one in place to consider retaining. Ron Sommer is my choice and would be a good one for you to consider. Currently serving as board president speaks ...

Renew resolve on Earth Day and every day

Opinion

Environmental health and sustainability is a growing priority for communities everywhere. A recent poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association found that most Americans want their governments to prioritize sustainable environmental practices in such things as water quality ...

Volunteerism should be embraced

Editorials

National Volunteer Week, which will be observed across the United States beginning Sunday, is an opportunity for all Central Pennsylvania residents to reflect on how they might help make someone else’s life better, while also bringing more satisfaction and fulfillment to their own ...

Cooperation essential for Mariner success

Letters to the Editor

What’s happening with the construction (“Gas pipeline work could be near,” April 17) of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline is exactly how important infrastructure projects should be managed in Pennsylvania. First, this project received unprecedented regulatory review since it was first ...

Jubelirer has helped maintain Penn State

Letters to the Editor

As a member of the Penn State Alumni Association and a fellow Altoona native, I would like to offer my endorsement of Robert “Bob” Jubelirer for reelection to the Penn State Board of Trustees. Jubelirer is a longtime friend and an alumnus of Altoona Area High School. He has served us ...

Dick has experience for prothonotary

Letters to the Editor

As a group of real estate paralegals and abstractors, who work with the Blair County prothonotary’s office daily, we will be casting our votes for Cindy Dick for prothonotary in the May primary. Dick’s decades of experience as a paralegal have afforded her a working knowledge of the ...

Blair-Bedford council confirms endorsements

Letters to the Editor

The Blair Bedford Labor Council conducted our annual candidates night on April 6, and we invited 24 candidates to speak. All but one attended, and we had three additional candidates for office that made it as well, and had 75 in attendance. We would like to provide the following names as ...

Consiglio integrity is unquestionable

Letters to the Editor

Rich Consiglio is a dedicated, no-nonsense district attorney. His honesty and integrity are unquestionable, and he sets the bar high for himself and his staff. I can say this because I have prepared and tried criminal cases with him and have observed his leadership and confidence as a ...