Opinion

Arrest of Altoona cop raises troubling questions

Editorials

Altoona residents should have no doubts that Blair County’s criminal justice system will handle fairly and properly the case involving city police Sgt. Matthew S. Starr. Last week, state police filed 10 felony charges and a misdemeanor theft count against the veteran officer for ...

AHCA allows patients to be charge, not DC

Opinion

American taxpayers pay far more than any other country in the world for health care, but are we getting what we pay for? Skyrocketing premiums, lack of choices, insurers pulling out of the market, and cancelled plans are all symptoms of a deeper problem I have been pointing to for years — ...

We must keep guns out of classrooms

Letters to the Editor

As a retired teacher from Altoona Area School District secondary schools, words cannot express how horrified I am at Pa. Senate Bill 363, the guns in the classroom bill. That our Pa. legislators introduced such a bill, and that our Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. in this newspaper said he ...

Bills plus for financial freedom

Opinion

Gov. Tom Wolf and I would like to congratulate the members of our Pennsylvania House of Representatives for their bi-partisan actions on two pieces of legislation designed to help Pennsylvania consumers achieve and maintain lifelong financial independence. House Bill 780, sponsored by Rep. ...

Amendments aren’t easy to legislate

Letters to the Editor

To make the changes to enact unconstitutional legislation regarding child abuse that Brenda Dick and followers desire would require amending two constitutions. The Pennsylvania Constitution would be simple compared to amending the U.S. Constitution as codified in Article V. An amendment ...

Tragedy stains PSU again

Editorials

The 18 Penn State University fraternity members charged last week in connection with the death of a pledge in February are innocent until proven guilty. However, evidence compiled by a grand jury that was the basis for the criminal charges filed against the brothers of Beta Theta Pi has ...

Amendment needed to stop flag burning

Letters to the Editor

Since the first shots were fired in both Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts, in April 19, 1775, marking the start of the American Revolutionary war, many men, women and even children have died in all wars defending and preserving Old Glory, the United States Constitution and the American way ...

‘Leftist liberals’ continue to get way

Letters to the Editor

America, we are on a slippery slope. We are now removing statues from the public view because a few people are offended. Right, wrong or indifferent, it is American history. If we are going to remove statues of Civil War generals because they offend and bring up memories of our past, then ...

Poorly-written bill hurt UC centers

Letters to the Editor

Well that was fast (by Harrisburg standards). On April 24, Gov. Wolf signed SB250 (now known as Act 1 of 2017), that makes $15 million available to reopen the three unemployment compensation centers for the next nine months. It took just 36 days from the introduction of the bill until it ...

Hillary remains in denial

Editorials

Hillary Clinton apparently believes 26.4 million American women hate themselves, along with everyone else of their gender. During an interview last week, Clinton was asked why she thought she lost the presidential election last fall. In typical fashion, she blamed everyone but herself and ...

New Altoona building is not the answer

Letters to the Editor

I, along with a lot of other people, am looking at the proposed new Altoona Area High School. This is not only going to affect the people in that school district but other districts and the state are looking at how this will transpire. I remember reading about one of the present school ...

Irwin Adams has strong qualifications for board

Letters to the Editor

This letter is being written in support for Kelly Irwin Adams, a candidate for the Altoona Area School District School Board. I personally have known Adams for approximately 15 years and believe she possesses the qualifications and demeanor to work effectively in this important elected ...

Expanded gambling won’t solve budget

Editorials

As Pennsylvania inches closer to allowing its casinos and the state lottery to take their games online, the obvious question becomes whether those new revenue sources would make a significant-enough dent in the commonwealth’s projected $3 billion shortfall to make that move wise. An even ...

Strangulation bill will help fight abuse

Letters to the Editor

When I began my career as a Sarah Coventry jewelry consultant, I never anticipated that it would lead me to advocating for domestic violence victims and the creation of Blair County’s first and only women’s shelter. My first experiences with domestic violence were as a child as myself, ...

‘Sweeping changes’ at diocese incomplete

Letters to the Editor

On March 1, the last sexual abuse survivor serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors resigned from the commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. Marie Collins wrote in the National Catholic Register, “I find it impossible to listen to public statements about ...

Future, not past, should be primary focus

Letters to the Editor

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change, one consideration is what are the risks of action or inaction? As a believer, if I am wrong, the risks are none, but the benefits are new technology, new jobs, less pollution, etc. If I am a denier, the risks of of being wrong are ...

‘Sweeping changes’ at diocese incomplete

Letters to the Editor

On March 1, the last sexual abuse survivor serving on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors resigned from the commission, citing resistance from the Vatican. Marie Collins wrote in the National Catholic Register, “I find it impossible to listen to public statements about ...

Future, not past, should be primary focus

Letters to the Editor

Whether you are a believer or denier of climate change, one consideration is what are the risks of action or inaction? As a believer, if I am wrong, the risks are none, but the benefits are new technology, new jobs, less pollution, etc. If I am a denier, the risks of of being wrong are ...

Gambling findings deceiving

Editorials

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s director of compulsive and problem gambling — Elizabeth Lanza — says “gambling addiction is a huge, enormous problem for (only) a very small percentage of people.” Her use of the words “small percentage” in relation to the state’s ...

Toomey needs to start representing masses

Letters to the Editor

No one should support a repeal of the ACA unless the replacement legislation is significantly better. The replacement law should provide insurance coverage for more people, not fewer than the existing law. The replacement’s insurance plans should cover all the essential services. The ...