Opinion

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, ...

Brighter days may be beyond Brazil’s troubles

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WASHINGTON - It's hard to erase the "Walking Dead" stories leading up to the Summer Olympics in Brazil.How can anyone possibly top the images of Australian athletes finding sinks falling off the walls in the Olympic Village, human body parts swimming along with you in Rio de Janeiro's gorgeous ...

The third coming of Ben-Hur

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Since Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades.Last week in Los Angeles, the ...

Influence buying Hillary

Editorials

Hillary Clinton has pledged that if she is elected president, she will do something about the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court.It in essence rejected strict limits on spending by groups seeking to influence elections.The problem with that is "big money," Clinton and fellow liberals ...

Reassessment fallout no shock

Letters to the Editor

My letter of June 10 advised what would happen when many people received their new property tax values, and it has.Those being hurt the most are elderly couples, widows and widowers, the people on fixed incomes who have not received a monthly increase for years.When someone gets $748 a month ...

Halvorson camp didn’t solicit Dems

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the claims in Ryan Brown's Political Notebook on Sunday by Ron Fairman that the Halvorson campaign actively solicited votes from Democrats in the April primary, I'd like to set the record straight.Knowing that both Bill Shuster and his father, Bud, have routinely sought Democratic ...

Endless decline of civility

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One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been. I'd like to dispute that vision, at least as it pertains to black people.I graduated from Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin High School in 1954. Franklin's predominantly black students ...

The ransom that dare not speak

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It's funny how coincidences work.In 2010, as much as $7 million was dropped on the deck of the Maran Centaurus, an oil tanker captured by Somali pirates, and the brigands happened to free the crew.In 1997, Walter Kwok, the son of extravagantly wealthy Chinese businessman, was found alive in a ...

Seeking answers in Antis

Editorials

The Antis Township supervisors are correct in not acting hastily regarding the future of the Tipton-Antis Fire Company, which the township leaders decertified in early June.That acknowledged, company members deserve some indication of what the supervisors might be considering.The fire company ...

Criticism of Obama leaves out some facts

Letters to the Editor

In an Aug. 1 letter, Terry Barley calls Barack Obama's agenda a disaster and says Obama has this country on its knees. When Obama was elected in 2008, we were in the worst recession since the Great Depression.Does Barley see this recession as a golden age that Obama screwed up? Should we go ...

Halvorson thinking only of himself

Letters to the Editor

Although it's been several days since Art Halvorson's decision to turn his back on the Republican Party and offer himself up as a Democrat, I am still having difficulty in determining why he decided to take this path.This past April was his second defeat by Congressman Bill Shuster in the ...

Increased cigarette tax could benefit

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After World War II, when cheese and butter were still prized commodities and men would pawn their Sunday suits after wearing them to church, there was at least one commodity in Britain that was available cheaply and abundantly - cigarettes.Breathing in some nicotine surely helped the British ...

A brief history lesson

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As World War II wound down, the Allied forces advanced on Berlin from two directions.The Americans, British and French resistance advanced from the west, and Russia from the east. Adolf Hitler committed suicide, the war ended and everyone headed home. Except not everyone did.The Americans, ...

To floss or not? There’s no question

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It's hard to believe that in 2016 we get a media blast against flossing your teeth.That's what happened this week, but that message did not come from the AAP (American Association of Periodontics), a scientific organization, but rather from the AP (Associated Press), a newsgathering ...

Don’t allow ‘dad’ status for rapists

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OK, ready to be outraged?Here's the scenario: A woman says she has been raped. She makes a police report, undergoes the humiliating rape kit testing procedure and names the man she says attacked her.Later, she discovers she is pregnant by the attacker. The police may or may not have charged the ...

VA reforms must be new priority

Editorials

Important progress has been made in caring for those who have served our country, President Barack Obama told attendees at the Disabled American Veterans national conference last week.Obama cited two "milestones."First, homelessness among veterans is down.Second, about 500,000 veterans have ...

AASD has caused its own problems

Letters to the Editor

I read the recent article on the placing of modulars at Ebner Elementary School.The article makes it sound like they will be starting work on the preparation of the site. Facts be known, they have been working on this site for well over a month.The Altoona Area School District caused the ...