Opinion

Bedford County bureau should shift priorites

Letters to the Editor

Two weeks ago, there appeared in the Bedford Gazette newspaper, an expensive week-long campaign of advocacy advertisements sponsored by the board of directors of the Bedford County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The ads were clearly directed at the elected county board of commissioners in ...

Deputy coroners supporting Ross

Letters to the Editor

The deputy coroners of Blair County urge everyone to re-elect Coroner Patricia Ross for Blair County coroner. There are so many reasons — her compassion, integrity, involvement in the community and her involvement in legislation that has benefited the families of Blair County. The team ...

Kelley good choice for county commissioner

Letters to the Editor

Bruce Kelley will do a great job as Blair County commissioner. His work on city council, his role to get Altoona out of financial distressed status and his career service in the government and private sector has given him the experience necessary for the job. I’m sure he will work more ...

Blair Street zoning questioned

Letters to the Editor

The intersection of Blair Street and Penn Street is improving, but I feel sorry for the owners on the right-hand turn side of Blair Street. Why can’t that block be rezoned commercial? Or why doesn’t PennDOT offer fair market value for those few houses? Donna Hott Hollidaysburg

Trump won election; Dems must accept it

Letters to the Editor

Why can’t the Democrats get over losing the election of three years ago? Hillary Clinton lost, and that was all there was to it. Why can’t the Democrats move on and make the best of it? All this fussing over Mueller’s investigation and now AG Barr’s determination over Russia ...

Do your homework before casting vote

Letters to the Editor

Freedom isn’t free. Much has been sacrificed to give us the freedom we enjoy in our republic. Those freedoms are regularly tested and challenged as societal change ebbs and flows against our rules of law. There are important local and state elections this year, which begin with the ...

Kaneshiki upholds conservative values

Letters to the Editor

Blair County needs steadfast conservatives to serve in elected offices at every level. Far too many people seek office to serve personal agendas rather than to serve their communities. Those who are willing to stand firmly for what is right, even in the face of opposition, are far too rare. ...

Kelley is smart, ‘man of people’

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. Kelley has been involved in a number of community and civic organizations such as the Shriners and Kiwanis, as well as volunteering in youth sports, just a few in a long list. Professionally, I have had the opportunity ...

Weston represents ‘all walks of life’

Letters to the Editor

Debra Weston is a positive vote for all of Blair County. She has worked with people from all walks of life. Weston will listen to your issues and concerns. She will try to find solutions and not just empty promises. She will bring a fresh new perspective with new and better ...

Erb helps county in fiscal responsibility

Letters to the Editor

Four years ago, Bruce Erb was elected county commissioner on a platform pledging his fiscal responsibility and sound business practices. He used the experience gained from his 39 years in banking to restore the county finances. We are fortunate to have a hard working and proven leader that ...

Myers has qualities to be good coroner

Letters to the Editor

Passion. Commitment. Dedication. These are the words that come to mind when I think of Erin Myers, and her run for Blair County coroner. Myers trained as a ballet dancer, here in Blair County with Allegheny Ballet Company, since she was a young girl. The skills she learned throughout her ...

Zang ‘best candidate’ for district judge

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Ed Zang for magisterial district judge. I have known Zang for many years. I first met him when I needed his legal services and experience. Since that time, I have come to know him on a professional and personal level. Zang has many years of legal experience and ...

Dodson ‘unfit’ to serve HASD

Letters to the Editor

As a former member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education, I understand the power of our local school boards. Therefore, I am compelled to explain why Kirk Dodson is unfit to be a director of the Hollidaysburg Area School District. Having an active member of the teacher’s union on ...

Ross demonstrates integrity, experience

Letters to the Editor

I am endorsing Patty Ross for Blair County coroner. Although we are friends, I am supporting Ross for her professional abilities as current coroner. I have had the opportunity to work with Ross during my years as a law enforcement officer and found her to be well versed on her duties ...

Magisterial judge needs law background

Letters to the Editor

I have been a lifelong resident of Blair County and sponsor, support and contribute to many law enforcement organizations and endeavors. That is why I am endorsing Logan Township police officer Rick Benzel for magisterial district judge. I am a firm believer that only a candidate with a ...

Kelley can handle financial challenges

Letters to the Editor

Bruce Kelley has my support for Blair County commissioner. For the record, Kelley will be a full-time Blair County commissioner who will bring robust expertise in local, state and federal government positions. During his tenure on the Altoona City Council, Kelley worked tirelessly to ...

Spradling would show compassion at AASD

Letters to the Editor

Devin Spradling — a community leader, pastor and great son — has always been a caring person. If elected, he would bring that same passion as an Altoona Area School Board member and do great things for our community and our schools. Nancy Hallinan Altoona

Erb has earned community trust

Letters to the Editor

For issues that I do not clearly understand, I’ve learned to ask a person with character. I am delighted to support Bruce Erb as county commissioner because I have known him for more than 30 years. He applies the personal characteristics of honesty, courage and integrity to every ...

Bedford should be thinking Baughman

Letters to the Editor

There is a new face in the race for Bedford County commissioner this election, and as a mother with young children living in this county, I hope she succeeds. Fewer and fewer of Bedford County’s younger residents are remaining in our region to make their lives here. They feel as if other ...

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 ...