Opinion

Continuing angst over trade deficit

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Let's look at the political angst over trade deficits.A trade deficit is when people in one country buy more from another country than the other country's people buy from them. There cannot be a trade deficit in a true economic sense. Let's examine this.I buy more from my grocer than he buys ...

Fat lady hasn’t yet sung her nominations

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The old saying, "It's not over until the fat lady sings," is true for both the Democrats and the Republicans. A quick look at the state of the races will clearly show that the fat lady hasn't even arrived at the building yet.There is gripping drama in the Democratic race. Hillary Clinton is a ...

Examine turnpike safety

Editorials

The tragic incident at the Pennsylvania Turnpike's Fort Littleton toll plaza east of Breezewood Sunday morning will spark a review of security over the entire toll road system.There can be no doubt that such an examination is necessary.But beyond that is the obvious message to other states that ...

Gesture appreciated

Letters to the Editor

I want to thank the kind lady ahead of me in the drive-through window at the Chestnut Avenue Taco Bell on Saturday, March 5, about 4:30 p.m. who paid for my meal.I hope she sees this and knows how happy she made me.Kate PrescottAltoona

McGinnis the choice

Letters to the Editor

John McGinnis is an absolute genius when it comes to finance.He is spot on as far as pension reform.When the time comes for him to leave office, he should definitely become a lobbyist for finance.McGinnis is one million plus one percent pro-military and one million plus one percent ...

Nation heading downhill

Letters to the Editor

My question/writing here is "How can we, as one nation under God, our United States, expect to prosper/have blessings when we are destroying our little ones in the womb by abortion?"There are so many telling signs of the downward, slippery slope we are on as a nation. Our economy's $19 trillion ...

Citizens dying as politicians bowing to NRA

Editorials

On the same day that two gunmen killed five people and critically injured three others in Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, the state Supreme Court conducted a hearing on one of many idiotic Pennsylvania gun laws that serve the interests of the gun lobby rather than public safety.In Wilkinsburg, ...

Don’t be confused over pro-life agendas

Letters to the Editor

Pro-life - what does that mean? It seems to mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.Some think it means to be concerned for the poor.Others think it means to do away with the death penalty. Others think it means to be civil with people at all times.But when anyone active in the ...

McGinnis combines common sense, honesty

Letters to the Editor

When I think about the type of person I want representing me in Harrisburg, John McGinnis is No. 1 on my list.McGinnis understands the oath of office he took when he agreed to represent Altoona and all the people of Pennsylvania to the best of his ability, with common sense and honesty.Many ...

Shuster ‘knows our issues,’ deserves vote

Letters to the Editor

I recently needed help from Congressman Bill Shuster's office on a federal issue and want to thank his helpful staff for their guidance and assistance.Shuster has earned my vote on April 26 when we go vote in the primary election.He's the only candidate from the district and also runs a clean ...

Local diocese can only hope healing begins

Editorials

Catholics and non-Catholics living in the eight counties of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese might by now be wondering when the last of the bad news related to the horrific priest child-sex-abuse scandal will be forthcoming.That's not because they're tired of so many articles about the scandal ...

Justice Eakin resignation was right move

Editorials

It's not often we congratulate someone who's done something wrong.But state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin did the right thing by resigning his seat on Tuesday.And for that much, thanks.For the six months of back-and-forth that Pennsylvanians had to endure courtesy of Eakin's ...

McGinnis earns trust

Letters to the Editor

McGinnis earns trustIf you pay attention to any of the criticism made about state Representative John McGinnis, you never see or hear complaints that he's bad for the unborn, bad for taxpayers, bad for fiscal responsibility, bad for liberty or bad for conservatives.In fact, he's the highest ...

Halvorson will grow jobs

Letters to the Editor

Please take a moment and think carefully about this coming Congressional race between Art Halvorson and Bill Shuster to represent the 9th Congressional District.Our country needs to create jobs at home - not overseas.Shuster is completing his 16th year as our congressman and in that time, he ...

Pennsylvania primary needs to change

Letters to the Editor

With the Pennsylvania primary election fast approaching, it is a concern of mine, and many others, that the citizens of Pennsylvania are restricted to voting for basically one of two parties.If a voter thinks outside of the box by being independent, or chooses a third party, they are basically ...

Bill would help keep sunshine in

Editorials

Sunshine Week, taking place this week, is meant to champion the public's right to know as much as possible about how government is managing the business taxpayers are funding.With that in mind, we are heartened at the news of budding legislation that would broaden the Right-to-Know Law to ...

Bill would help keep sunshine in

Editorials

Sunshine Week, taking place this week, is meant to champion the public's right to know as much as possible about how government is managing the business taxpayers are funding.With that in mind, we are heartened at the news of budding legislation that would broaden the Right-to-Know Law to ...

Supreme Court tilted to liberal side

Letters to the Editor

I am responding to the letter by Rita Faudi, printed March 1, about restoring balance to the Supreme Court.I'm not sure if I'm more appalled at her math or her politics. How she can call the court "right-wing," when there are and have been four liberal, secular progressives justices for some ...

Check palm card: McGinnis man of word

Letters to the Editor

I have seen and heard numerous instances lately of the claim that state Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, is violating a promise he made in 2012 to serve only two terms.Of course, anyone with a palm card that he handed out in 2012 when going door-to-door knows better.I have one, and it says on it ...