Opinion

Erb has been ‘devoted’ to county betterment

Letters to the Editor

I have known Bruce Erb since grade school. He was born and raised in Hollidaysburg. He is devoted to his family, church and Blair County. Erb has more than 40 years of experience in finance. He is honest, kind, hardworking and an understanding person. In his first term as county ...

Zang best suited for district judge

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of myself and the entire Gieg family, I am writing this letter in support of Ed Zang, esquire, candidate for magisterial district judge. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Zang for many years. His knowledge, experience, judgment and temperament are unmatched by any ...

Kaneshiki advocates for students, taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Lois Kaneshiki will have three votes for Hollidaysburg School Board from the three adults at my home. My daughter benefited not only from Kaneshiki as an example but from a policy that she advocated, which allowed home-schooled students to take advantage of some classes at the public high ...

Three recommended for Penn State board

Letters to the Editor

There is now ongoing an election for the alumni of Penn State to elect three members to the Penn State Board of Trustees. I strongly recommend for your consideration three trustees who have worked very hard to create more transparency and have challenged the Freeh Report, costing Penn State ...

Webster can fix botched reassessment

Letters to the Editor

We need a Blair County commissioner ready and willing to clean up the inequities caused by the botched property tax assessment and reduce government spending. Amy Webster is that person. She is an attorney who serves as a taxpayer advocate. She understands the problems of the tax appeal ...

Kaneshiki ‘incentivizes’ desire to learn, excel

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing this endorsement on behalf of Lois Kaneshiki, running for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Kaneshiki is beholden to no one, giving her great freedom to vote for the concerns of parents and students, which is invaluable. During her service, she has established a policy ...

Socialism will threaten country’s prosperity

Letters to the Editor

In the Mirror’s April 19 edition appeared the following headline: “Cuban shortages raise fears.” An 80-year-old woman waits in a line for two hours to purchase frozen chicken, a limit of five pounds or three pieces whichever comes first, and guess what? They run out before she gets ...

Dems need candidate to defeat Trump in ’20

Letters to the Editor

Well, the Mueller investigation has finally ended. It seems the report is subject to interpretation, but one thing the report did answer was the question of Russian interference. It was indeed proven that Russia did interfere in our 2016 election. Whether or not Donald Trump or others knew ...

Reelect Erb for county commissioner

Letters to the Editor

I understand the distress of taxpayers over reassessment and tax increases. The company that did the reassessment was chosen before Erb was in office. He is serving Blair County with a reassessment that was long overdue but had no input into the company selected. The future financial ...

Dunio has characterto be district judge

Letters to the Editor

I offer this letter to voice support for electing Matt Dunio for magisterial district judge. It is not his 23 years of law enforcement experience I am writing about, but his personal character that I am familiar with. I have known Dunio for more than 20 years. He is the president of the ...

Kelley’s credentials are well documented

Letters to the Editor

I am endorsing Altoona City councilman Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner because of his knowledge of balancing budgets while trying to keep his conservative stance in opposing tax increases. Kelley realizes it will be important to keep taxes low while maintaining county services. ...

Ex-Altoona cop didn’t deserve ‘Starr’ treatment

Editorials

Former Altoona police Sgt. Matthew S. Starr should consider himself extremely lucky. The sentence meted out in Blair County Court on Tuesday to Starr, who was employed by the Altoona department for 17 years, can only be judged as anemic, considering the charges prompting his arrest. The ...

Socialists in Congress slow Trump’s progress

Letters to the Editor

Over a month has passed since my last letter regarding our national sovereignty, and little has changed. The border with Mexico is more porous than ever with many migrants, mostly from central America, coming into the U.S. every day. Congress continues to do nothing that might help the ...

Smilnak would be HASD board asset

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to inform you that Jennifer Smilnak is running for Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Smilnak is a graduate of Mount Aloysius with a bachelor’s degree in business and has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University. She has worked with many ...

Blair County ‘lucky to have’ Erb

Letters to the Editor

I have personally known Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb for decades and value both his professional demeanor and valuable specialized experience in financial management. In a society with unfunded mandates and increased service expectations at the county level, Erb’s 30-plus years of ...

On jail, Huntingdon can’t keep kicking can

Letters to the Editor

As I read the article in the Mirror on Sunday, April 14 regarding the Huntingdon County jail (“County lockup bleeding money”), I agreed with the judge, district attorney and warden as to the need for an alternative to the current situation of housing out-of-county inmates. I do feel that ...

True Christians fine with mentioning Jesus

Letters to the Editor

I have been a Christian for over 45 years. During those years, Christians have been chided by those who dislike the very name of Jesus to be silent and more tolerant. For all those years, this has been a one-way street. It is always the intolerant telling everyone else to be tolerant. For ...

Labor council makes primary endorsements

Letters to the Editor

The Blair-Bedford Labor Council recently conducted a candidates night, where candidates were invited for Blair County commissioner, coroner, Altoona mayor and city council, Logan Township supervisor and Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school boards. Candidates were asked to submit a ...

Warren has resume for Superior Court

Letters to the Editor

As a former district attorney and practicing criminal law for over 30 years I have appeared before hundreds of judges throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I find the best judges are ones that allow the attorneys to state their case, listen to both sides, but have a keen eye to seeing ...

Benzel has experience to be district judge

Letters to the Editor

I have known Rick Benzel for many years and have respected and admired the way he performs his duties as a police officer. Benzel has 22 years of meaningful, real-life experience in the courtroom, and on the streets of our community which has prepared him to be our district judge. He has a ...