Opinion

Kaneshiki following in Trump’s footsteps

Letters to the Editor

If you say a lie enough times it becomes the truth.The recent Hollidaysburg Area School Board controversy regarding Lois Kaneshiki highlights the fact that in our current political climate, all Republican candidates, whether on the local or national stage, feel that if they lie enough, it ...

Commissioners belong in land of Oz

Letters to the Editor

You have to laugh or maybe cry when you think how the citizens of Blair County voted in the commissioners of today believing they would work for and not against the taxpayers, which they are doing with this reassessment.A lot of taxpayers are going to end up homeless after working and saving to ...

Reassessment process backfires on taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

The reassessment appeals process is as bad as the actual inaccurate assessment.The first appeal is useless, and the second appeal requires an attorney to push through all the roadblocks put in place by our commissioners.The expense alone will limit most who may need to appeal but can not ...

9th District race pits ‘elitists vs. people’

Letters to the Editor

Is your vote for sale?Fire truck grants magically appeared throughout the 9th District recently because someone wants to buy your vote.Do you really think this makes him good for our area, or that this same money will not be available if you elect his opponent?Americans are growing sick of ...

Democrats ‘pro-choice, not pro-abortion’

Letters to the Editor

Some Catholics may be having difficulty deciding who their choice for president should be.Often abortion is one of the hot issues. To clarify, Democrats are "pro-choice," not "pro-abortion."Also, there are many pro-life Democrats.Democrats also care deeply about children after they are born ...

Blame should be shared in Cambria mess

Editorials

The issue of municipal payments for interchange lighting on Route 22 in Cambria County is a muddled mess, and the county's leadership over the years is most responsible for what accurately can be described as a management debacle.However, municipal officials past and present don't deserve being ...

Some advice for second debate

Other Commentaries

Donald Trump scored a gentleman's "C'' in his first debate with Hillary Clinton.She was programmed, like one of those androids from the film "Westworld," spewing out well-rehearsed sound bites, smiling (sometimes condescendingly), and even tossing in a few wiggles.It was all designed to make ...

Watching decline and likely fall of Trump

Other Commentaries

A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control - and an uncontrolled, ill-formed, perpetually fragmented mind."That this observation appeared under the ...

Fight terror and intolerance

Editorials

"Run!" police told New York photographer Jane Schreibman.It was a frightening but affirming finish to a frenetic few minutes during which Schreibman helped prevent a second bomb from exploding in her Chelsea neighborhood on Sept. 17. Walking just outside her 27th Street apartment on a Saturday ...

Raising knowledge about FTD

Editorials

World FTD Awareness Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 2) is just wrapping up with more than 12 countries participating.Frontotemporal Degeneration has been in the news lately due to several celebrities dying from the disease. Most recently was Charmain Carr who played Liesl Von Trapp in the Sound of Music ...

Kindergarten is glorified day care

Letters to the Editor

This is in defense of school board member Lois Kaneshiki's remarks about kindergarten being glorified day care.Let's take a look at the activities in both that are common. Snack time, nap time, play time, instructional time and socialization skill enhancement are activities throughout the ...

Whoa, slow down: Amtrak needs staff

Letters to the Editor

May I add to the Sept. 18 Amtrak "de-staff" article, handicap assistance to wheelchairing by staff to arriving or departing passengers may make it impossible for passengers.Officials making these no-staff needed decisions should take a ride on the rails.I personally can describe and commend ...

Kaneshiki stance ‘a heartless blow’

Letters to the Editor

Contrary to some people's opinion, the "no" vote by Hollidaysburg school board member Lois Kaneshiki on a motion for an entry level long-term substitute kindergarten teacher was not given in order to be fiscally responsible.If all the students combine into three classrooms, then, according to ...

Voting preference: Change politicians

Letters to the Editor

Vote, whatever you do, vote.Our founders made sure that the only way we can lose our freedoms is by taking them for granted.I assure you, either by corruption, or by a personal agenda, or pure stupidity, most of our politicians and bureaucrats do not care about you.Complacency and blind trust ...

Too rich, too old

Letters to the Editor

How many Americans realize Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are old?Clinton is 68, and Trump is 70. Both are rich, both are old, and both are out of touch with middle and low-income Americans.Dan MeckesAltoona

Favor intellect over emotion

Letters to the Editor

As American citizens, we have the privilege and responsibility of casting a vote for the leader of the free world in this upcoming November election.Before we make our final choice, we must remind ourselves that our president faces enormous challenges every day.In each situation, our president ...

Halvorson is preferred choice

Letters to the Editor

This election may be our last chance to save America.It is critical that we vote to remove career politicians from Washington. For the first time this November, we are blessed to have a principled conservative running in the 9th Congressional District as an alternative to the corrupt Shuster ...

County voters engaged

Editorials

The interest in absentee ballots could portend a record Blair County voter turnout for the Nov. 8 general election.The unusual - actually, unprecedented - twists of this presidential election year in fact demand such a strong showing at the polls, not only here but across the country.It's been ...

Kaneshiki must remember her mission

Letters to the Editor

The recent news article about the Hollidaysburg Area School District substitute teacher vote failing concerned me for several reasons.As a retired Altoona teacher/elementary school counselor and a taxpayer in Hollidaysburg, I was disappointed by the comments made by board member Lois ...

Kaneshiki deserves credit for her stance

Letters to the Editor

Lois Kaneshiki has taken a classically conservative stance since assuming her position on the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, and I applaud her for it.She is willing to make unpopular, politically incorrect observations when no one else is willing to do so.It would be wonderful to see ...