Opinion

Don’t dismiss what Shuster(s) have done

Letters to the Editor

I'm glad to see Art Halverson back in the race. A competitive race educates the undecided.I have been volunteering since Bud Shuster's second campaign, doing a variety of tasks. In those efforts, I learned from the best political minds in this area, such as the late Bill Stouffer, Bob Boyer and ...

Past legislators spent too much

Letters to the Editor

The property tax proposal is a system that is in reverse.The costs put out by our politicians must be curbed before the public is being punished for the poor fiscal management by former and present legislative representative of the people.It seems they can't wait for the money reassessment ...

Kane raises state level of disgrace

Editorials

People of Pennsylvania can be excused for wondering what might be next, now that the commonwealth's chief law enforcement officer is a convicted criminal and will be resigning, effective today.The name "Kathleen Kane" is the latest addition to a long roster of disgraced Keystone State ...

Kane raises state level of disgrace

Editorials

People of Pennsylvania can be excused for wondering what might be next, now that the commonwealth's chief law enforcement officer is a convicted criminal and will be resigning, effective today.The name "Kathleen Kane" is the latest addition to a long roster of disgraced Keystone State ...

Khan should focus on radical Muslims

Letters to the Editor

Khizr Khan telling of their son being killed by an IED while serving this country was very moving.Shouldn't his following passionate speech been directed toward the Muslim radical segment that placed the IED, not Donald Trump? Because that segment uses whatever deceitful evil means to ...

‘We should wonder who is protecting our laws’

Letters to the Editor

I remember the oath I swore at the federal building in Pittsburgh on Aug. 15, 1966.It went, "I swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, obeying all laws, orders, general and special, so help me God."I believe Sen. John McCain, ...

Forgotten, manipulated voting block

Other Commentaries

Have you decided who you will vote for in the upcoming presidential election - or whether you'll vote at all? As you ponder, realize nearly 6 million Americans will not be allowed to vote this November.They are citizens who have been convicted of felonies and either live in a state that ...

Boredom gives edge to Hillary

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Donald Trump's supporters complain that the media is fixated on the billionaire's wild and crazy campaign while ignoring or at least downplaying Hillary Clinton's gaffes, missteps and outright scandals.And they're right. There is a double standard.Actually, it's a multipronged standard.For some ...

Lyme support important

Editorials

The new Altoona Area Lyme Disease Support Group has the opportunity to perform a public service far greater in scope than what the size of its membership might ever seem to portend.Lyme disease is a complicated, potentially debilitating malady about which many people still are unaware, despite ...

Playgrounds, recreation shouldn’t be devalued

Letters to the Editor

The most important reason that we study history is to remember and not to repeat the mistakes of the past.The Central Blair Recreation Commission, that inter-municipal organization that everyone highly touts but to which no one has any input, needs to remember history.The commission is ...

Illinois best exemplifies our fiscal foolishness

Other Commentaries

CHICAGO - Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for someone at the epicenter of a crisis now in its second year and with no end in sight.But, then, stress is pointless when the situation is hopeless. Besides, if you ...

Trump: the entertainment candidate

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Donald Trump is running a top-notch campaign to be a conservative media celebrity.Unfortunately for him, and especially for the Republican Party, this isn't the same thing as running a good, or even minimally competent, campaign for president.From the beginning, Trump has been the candidate by ...

License renewal red tape excessive

Letters to the Editor

OK, here we are again, another big election coming up and when you go to vote, you do not have to show proof of residency.You have to show I.D. to get alcohol, cigarettes, cash a check and use your credit card, but to vote, that is a big inconvenience.Now with all that being said, please ...

Gesture appreciated

Letters to the Editor

Recently I was shopping at Wal-Mart and lost my pocketbook.It was found by an honest, thoughtful and caring person.Words cannot express my gratitude to that person.Thank you very much.Geraldine CristHollidaysburg

More affordable college tuition must be priority

Editorials

It's been almost three decades since then-U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett issued his warning about college tuition subsidies - a cautionary observation that would become known as the "Bennett Hypothesis."The crux of Bennett's warning was that such subsidies would encourage ...

Flossing debate: There’s no reason to stop routine

Editorials

To the 220 million Americans who haven't flossed a day in their lives - rejoice.The days of lying to your dentist, feeling guilty and being castigated by your floss-superior peers are gone.For decades, the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Periodontology, with the U.S. ...

Reassessment’s yellow brick road

Letters to the Editor

If anyone out there remembers the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," there are similarities between it and Blair County's road to reassessment.To jog your memory, Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, is swept up in a cyclone along with her house and lands in the mythical world of Munchkinland in the "Land ...

Trump visit gives city exposure

Editorials

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's visit to the Altoona area today will put our city in the national spotlight, hopefully in a positive way.National news media following the GOP standard-bearer will be watching - and reporting on - not only what he has to say, but also how people in ...

Obama has led US down the wrong road

Letters to the Editor

We can't afford another Democrat in the White House.1. The U.S. is almost $20 trillion in debt - $10 trillion by the Obama administration.2. Our economy is weak. It's grown 1 to 2 percent per year since Obama has been in office.3. The jobs being created are mostly part time and low paying, new ...

Shuster’s description of Halvorson unfair

Letters to the Editor

I thought Congressman Bill Shuster couldn't possibly be any more repugnant.But Shuster's campaign responded to Art Halvorson's decision to accept the Democratic nomination as being "selfish."Excuse me?How dare Shuster dishonor someone who served with distinction for 29 years in the military, ...