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Opinion

This isn’t your father’s Republican party

Letters to the Editor

As I was growing up, my family were all staunch Republicans. When I was 14, we went to a Goldwater rally at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. In college, I was a member of Young Republicans, and in the early 1970s, when my husband was in the Air Force, we both voted for the first time for ...

Trump budget hits health care hard

Letters to the Editor

In his Feb. 6 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump said. “We will always protect your Medicare, and we will always protect your Social Security. Always.” On Feb. 10, he released his fiscal year 2020-21 proposed budget with — wait for it — cuts to Medicaid and ...

Sorting through Trump’s address

Letters to the Editor

As I was listening to the State of the Union address, I was aware of some statements President Donald Trump made that had me questioning their validity. Here are just a few: -- Is the economy really the best this country has ever had? Not even close. Yes, the stock market is booming. ...

Some upbeat railroad news, or so we hope

Editorials

There only can be speculation about whether Precision Scheduled Railroading, while positive financially for railroad companies but already disastrous for many rank-and-file workers, both here and elsewhere, has concluded its “remaking” of the industry. While Altoona’s Juniata Locomotive ...

US smart to be wary of Taliban

Editorials

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawl of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said last Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

Political opportunism doesn’t drive Erb

Letters to the Editor

The conduct of certain members of our county government over the past month has been unbecoming of the office. The focus of our new commissioner seems farther and farther away from county issues and instead on petty politics and meaningless titles. Bruce Erb’s retention of the ...

New Census: Here’s hoping it’s accurate

Editorials

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering ...

History lesson on why Iran doesn’t like US

Letters to the Editor

Most believe the trouble with Iran started because they took over our embassy in 1979. Not true. Shah Reza Pahlavi was Iran’s leader. He was a brutal dictator and ruled with an iron fist, just like Saddam Hussein did in Iraq, The U.S. backed Pahlavi and did everything it could to keep him ...

Altoona’s finances concerning

Editorials

Altoona taxpayers, as well as taxpayers throughout the rest of Blair County, have good reason to be edgy these days. Since Jan. 31, the financial news emanating from Altoona’s city council chambers and from the county commissioners’ meeting room has been unsettling, not only for the short ...

Look closer to GOP; it’s not doing so well

Letters to the Editor

Four recent letters to the editor by Republicans were full of insults and fabrications. Calling duly elected officials “stooges, clowns and liars” for doing their job of oversight is alarming. These names would be more fitting for President Donald Trump since his lies are now over ...

Webster most qualified to lead commissioners

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in reply to the letter to the editor on Friday, Feb. 7, by Rebecca Winkler. She states her position in favor of Bruce Erb being the chairman of the Blair County Commissioners. Her letter clearly shows her dislike of Amy Webster, who should be the chairman, because she received ...

Webster’s tenure hits early potholes

Letters to the Editor

Amy Webster, the self-proclaimed taxpayers’ savior, is off to a bumpy start as Blair County commissioner. First, she was disappointed that she wasn’t named as chairperson of the board of commissioners, and then at the next meeting, her motion to reopen the 2020 budget died for lack of a ...

How long can USA keep world peace?

Letters to the Editor

People complain about our budget, deficit and military spending. Somehow, sometime we were designated peace keepers of the world. Twice within 25 years in the last century, we had to save Europe. Now, 75 years later, one would think they would have their act together and have the strongest ...

Moving primary logical

Editorials

Pennsylvania is one-third of the way to becoming a more prominent player in the presidential primary nominating process, albeit not until 2024 at the earliest. The Keystone State must not allow this opportunity to fail. With the state Senate having voted unanimously last month to approve a ...

Romney, Pelosi are modern-day heroes

Letters to the Editor

We don’t see them often, a man or woman, who has the courage to stand up against what they know is wrong. But recently, we saw two such people — Mitt Romney and Nancy Pelosi (and our Democratic senators who backed them up). We had a good chance to rid our country of a tyrant. (A tyrant ...

Fix state’s shortage of educators

Opinion

Do you like living in a world with doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and artists? We wouldn’t have any of these professionals — or countless others — without educators. Education is the career that makes every other career possible. So, it should trouble all of us that Pennsylvania, ...

Prioritize protection of police

Editorials

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that, by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Climate change is definitely man-made

Letters to the Editor

In his Feb. 3 letter, David Lehman wrote, “There is nothing that can be done by man” to address man-made climate change. This is a patently false statement. There are numerous solutions. Whether we pursue them is a policy decision. I am writing, however, about the second half of the ...

Vaping becoming national epidemic

Other Commentaries

The Federal Drug Administration has declared the practice of vaping a national epidemic, and I agree. As a practicing pulmonologist, I have seen the devastating and longterm effects of tobacco smoking. E-cigarettes and vaping devices were introduced to the U.S. market in 2007. The initial ...

Progress noted, but church still lacks master list

Editorials

People who have followed developments in the Roman Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuse scandal over the past several years —many of whom having had their trust, confidence and loyalty tested and shaken by it — have reason now for increased confidence that such a widespread situation ...