Altoona should sell advance tickets

Can the Altoona Area School District get anything right?

Kudos to Phil Riccio for getting the Altoona-Hollidaysburg football rivalry back on the schedule.

Unfortunately, the good news stops there.

I drove to the Mansion Park ticket office last Thursday because it was open today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. I know the game will be crowded, and I would like to get my tickets in advance.

When I get to the ticket office and request tickets for the Altoona/Hollidaysburg game, I was told that I can’t get those tickets here and that I will have to wait at the gate the night of the game.

Of course, why would I expect anything different? That makes sense that they would rather have hundreds of people line up outside the gate the night of the game rather than sell tickets to a game at the ticket booth in advance.

Did Riccio and staff have access to tickets in advance that they could share with their family and friends prior to the game so they would not have to wait in line?

Cindy Beauchamp


(Editor’s note: The only tickets available in advance were season tickets and season passes for adults, students and senior citizens. Altoona did not pre-sell advance tickets to individual games.)

Assistant coach’s wife leaves questions

It is my understanding that no matter where a crime is committed, it is the responsibility of those directly involved to report it.

From what I’ve read of newspaper accounts covering cases of domestic abuse, many times the victim of spousal abuse will change stories and not file charges against the abuser.

With that understood, I don’t understand why Courtney Smith, wife of Ohio State assistant football coach Zach Smith, did not go to authorities so her claim of being abused by her husband could be validated by a police report.

Why expect Urban Meyer, or anyone else for that matter, to take responsibility for reporting the crime?

And for goodness sake, do not try to draw a parallel to this Ohio State case and the Penn State-Paterno case.

When it comes to children and youth under the age of 18, all of us share the burden of responsibility for safety and well being.

But in Courtney Smith’s case, her failure to go to authorities herself leaves questions of concern for her motives, which could include manipulating others into her and her husband’s questionable abusive relationship.

I’m writing for the sole purpose of stressing the need for anyone in an abusive relationship to get proper authorities involved, whether it be a professional counselor or law enforcement.

Violence is an acute symptom of an underlying brain and neurocognitive disorder or dysfunction. It should not be tolerated or toyed with.

Etta Albright