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Opinion

More info needed on e-cigarettes

Editorials

For decades, tobacco companies insisted their product was not hazardous to health. When scientific proof countered that, they maintained their advertising strategies were not calculated to get as many new smokers hooked on nicotine as possible. We know now that all of those protestations ...

Legalizing marijuana leads to bigger issues

Letters to the Editor

It seems that it was just yesterday that buying marijuana was a legal offense. Drunk driving is still punishable. Buying and selling drugs is illegal. All of these things cause judgment impairment, and users have become dependent on the effects that these things bring to them. Here we are ...

Council right on (no) tree tax

Editorials

Altoona City Council mustered the right judgment in turning thumbs-down to a proposed 0.15-mill tax increase for tree care. There was no logical basis for imposing such a tax increase, with the city sitting on what essentially is $11 million of surplus money. There can be no denying that ...

Trump leading USA down the wrong path

Letters to the Editor

Let us all Americans keep our democracy alive. The United States Constitution has served us well for 230 years and will continue to do so only if we remove President Donald Trump. Otherwise, Trump will make this country a monarchy. Trump’s actions on a daily basis make him unsuitable ...

Educational experience can’t be underestimated

Letters to the Editor

We are in the midst of celebrating American Education Week, a great opportunity to appreciate the amazing public-school educators and support professionals who work hard every day to prepare our students for future success. Our educators introduce students to the wonders of reading. They ...

State must address its obesity epidemic

Letters to the Editor

Turn on your TV, and you can’t miss an ad for the latest fitness equipment or diet fad. You would think we were a healthy, fit nation, but the tale of the tape tells a different story. Nearly one-third of all Pennsylvanians qualify as obese, up 50 percent since 2000. This is costing ...

Honoring our veterans and military honorably

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 9, Blair County author and educator Jared Frederick gave a review of his book, “Dispatches of D-Day — A People’s History of the Normandy Invasion.” During the presentation, I experienced a flashback of my own reaction to visiting the site of the invasion with remnants of barbed ...

CWD story included some inaccuracies

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the Nov. 3 article, “Spread of CWD remains unclear,” written by Russ O’Reilly. While those of us working to slow the spread of CWD across the country appreciate coverage on this important topic, the headline and subsequent article was misleading and in some ...

Massacre in Mexico cries for assistance

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

New Altoona board must become unified

Letters to the Editor

As a result of the most recent election, three candidates who were seeking re-election will be leaving the Altoona Area School Board, and two new members will be added. Over the past few years, the elephant in the board room has been the new building project. Discussions of such resulted ...

Alzheimer’s taxing on caregivers, too

Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating — not only for the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, but also for the more than 16 million family and friends serving as caregivers. The caregiving needs for someone living with Alzheimer’s are extensive and increase over time — ...

Vets’ recognition could be computerized

Letters to the Editor

I returned home from Vietnam on Feb. 5 and was in a train station in Trenton, N.J. A group of anti-war protesters with signs and chanting slogans walked through. There I sat in my Army uniform and a nice tan. My back was turned to them so I don’t think they noticed me. I felt like I ...

Why impeach Trump? He’s doing a fine job

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that every time you hear the news, the Democrats want to impeach President Donald Trump? The president has done more good in three years than the previous presidents did the whole time they were in office. Look at unemployment, the lowest in 50 years, wages are up and stocks are ...

Veterans deserve this day

Editorials

On this Veterans Day, the perception that the world never will be able to live in total peace and harmony remains ingrained. Among Americans, there’s virtually universal acceptance of the theory that, as long as the United States exists, there will be tyrants and other foreign entities that ...

We can’t do enough to honor our veterans

Letters to the Editor

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Armistice ending World War I was signed. In 1938, legislation was passed declaring Nov. 11 as Armistice Day; this new legal holiday was set aside to honor those Americans who fought in World War I. By 1954 (after American ...

Protecting emergency care system

Opinion

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering how to address the issue of balance billing. Emergency physicians applaud them for doing so as no Pennsylvanian should worry about insurance at a time of crisis. However, the most recent attempt to address balance billing, HB 1862, would ...

Pennsylvania lags behind in highway safety

Editorials

Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas. Unfortunately, it is taking the commonwealth too long to ...

Local concert provided ‘soothing’ performance

Letters to the Editor

I attended The Sunderland Memorial Concert Series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Juniata last month. Sunderland died March 9, 2003 at age 104 and had an outstanding profession as a musician and a pathologist in Altoona. He established this concert series to share with his community. Thank you. ...

Challenges await new electees

Editorials

Now that Tuesday’s general election votes have been counted and congratulations have been extended, successful governmental candidates — especially those elected to offices for the first time — need to begin gearing up quickly for the formidable tasks they will be facing when they take ...

Trump can’t pass off blame to Democrats

Letters to the Editor

I read with great interest Rep. John Joyce’s letter in which he claims that Democrats are doing nothing, and President Donald Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises. I would like to know what promises Trump has kept. Was it the one in which he promised to release his tax returns? No, he ...