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Opinion

Patton knows prothonotary office

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the Blair County citizens for allowing me to serve the last 24 years as your elected prothonotary. There have been many changes during the 35 years I have worked in this office. We have gone from handwriting the indices and typing in the dockets to a fully ...

Mitchell out to make difference on HASB

Letters to the Editor

I am writing on behalf of Melissa Mitchell for a position on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. I have known Mitchell both personally and professionally and can attest to her character, integrity and strong belief in family and social ideals. She is running as someone new to the ...

Clapper devoted, fair and honest

Letters to the Editor

Thinking about the primary elections, I recommend Scott Clapper for the position of district judge. He is a retired Altoona police officer with 20 years’ service. Many years ago, Clapper and two other officers responded to an emergency call to our house. He was very helpful, ...

Congress speaks out of both sides

Letters to the Editor

How quickly people, including the Mirror editorialists, forget. In 2013 when Assad used poisoned gas on his own people, in defiance of the Geneva Convention, President Barack Obama asked Congress for authorization for a military strike against the Syrian regime. The response from the Senate ...

Blattenberger has credentials

Letters to the Editor

I am thrilled to support attorney Andrew Blattenberger to be our next magisterial district judge. Blattenberger’s qualifications and credentials are unmatched in this election. He graduated in the top 10 percent of his law school class and worked for two of the largest law firms in ...

Kelley ‘deeply rooted’ in Altoona

Letters to the Editor

This upcoming May election has a number of candidates, especially for Altoona City Council. One candidate is head-and-shoulders better than the rest: Bruce Kelley. During his previous time on City Council, Bruce Kelley took several stances to vote against tax increases. He understands ...

Fownes qualified for MDJ post

Letters to the Editor

H.T. Fownes is currently running for district judge of magisterial district 24-1-03. In addition to Fownes’ exemplary law enforcement record and his numerous endorsements, the thing that sets him apart is his ability to be fair, firm and consistent. I have known Fownes since he was in ...

Candidates would sustain city progress

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to request the voters’ support for the four current Altoona City Council members who are running for reelection. Those council members are Matt Cacciotti, Dave Butterbaugh, Michael Haire and Christie Jordan. We are making progress in improving our city and making decisions ...

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 ...