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Letters to the Editor

Cartoon only serves to perpetuate myth

I just had to write to express my dismay regarding your decision to run the editorial cartoon Thursday, Nov. 12 depicting tombstones displaying “I voted” stickers. To perpetuate the myth that voter fraud is a problem in this country is just that — a myth. The Department of Homeland ...

Sun not shining on Zoom meetings

We all remember the anxiety and dread we felt when COVID-19 began entering the news cycle and as lockdowns and restrictions were placed on the county. We obeyed the rules no matter what color the county was. But now that we have been “green” for months and we are still carrying out ...

Atrocious fish abuse at Lakemont Park

Thank you for your coverage of the very admirable efforts to rescue the animals at Lakemont Park. What ended up being done to them was egregiously inhumane, unjustifiable and inexcusable. Fish and other animals in similar situations have been saved. Blair County commissioners were ...

UPMC must listen to its nurses

As Blair County ticks over 2,000 known cases of coronavirus, countless residents are seeking life-saving care at UPMC Altoona. As Registered Nurses, my coworkers and I know what kind of working conditions, staffing and safety protocols are needed to provide quality care for our patients and ...

Who won election? We don’t know yet

Strive lawfully. With allegations of tampering, software glitches, lack of transparency and posthumous voting, who is really the winner of our presidential election? With our Electoral College, the winner of the presidential election may not necessarily be the candidate that received the ...

GOP should stay out of Biden’s way

I thank God that there were many more good honest people in America to vote out that corrupt man in the White House, who was trying to destroy our democracy. Please, people never let this happen again to our country. Be informed before you vote. Hopefully, Joe Biden can bring the country ...

In time of healing, why is there fear?

As I write this letter, Joe Biden has continued to increase his lead in our state, and with every update on the vote count, it gets larger. So I expect that he will be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Once that happens, and we move forward, with many of us happy about ...

In time of healing, why is there fear?

As I write this letter, Joe Biden has continued to increase his lead in our state, and with every update on the vote count, it gets larger. So I expect that he will be declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Once that happens, and we move forward, with many of us happy about ...

Biden will lead US to depression, chaos

Thank you Joe Biden supporters. Thank you for voting for the dark winter, higher taxes, late-term abortions, higher gas prices and heating fuel prices. Thank you for voting for more regulations, fewer jobs, lawlessness and higher crime. Thank you for encouraging Iran to kill more ...

Conspiracy theories need to be stopped

President Donald Trump’s ability to inspire others to destroy their reputations is mind-blowing. Last weekend, Rep. Jim Gregory stood with a small group of people in Hollidaysburg upset by the election results in Pennsylvania. Some of the legal votes being challenged were cast by ...

Take time to learn about climate change

This summer I attended the climate reality virtual conference, hosted by former Vice President Al Gore. Gore described extreme weather events caused by a warming planet: Excessive rain and flooding, long-term droughts, the accelerating reduction of ice masses. Hurricanes, wild fires and ...

Election can use some divine intervention

In the overall scheme of things, God’s got this presidential election. He always has a plan. I take comfort in His words: “Be still and know that I am God.” As Americans, we should be able to take a deep breath, as we did in 2000, and wait. When the presidency of the United States ...

For critic of Trump, here’s some advice

William J. Padamonsky has been writing very harsh and uncomplimentary editorials about President Donald Trump for four years, and now he’s an epidemiologist. This man was an educator of our children. Think any of his political beliefs were ever made known in the classroom? Some advice ...

UPMC message: Don’t let guard down

On behalf of the regional UPMC medical staff and providers, we want to re-emphasize important messages about COVID-19, a pandemic that we are all still very much facing today, and acknowledge the heroic response to this pandemic by our incredible UPMC employees as they tirelessly care for our ...

Hypocrisy of the left never more evident

The hypocrisy of the left revealed itself on Saturday upon the proclamation that Joe Biden will be the country’s 46th president. Despite businesses boarding up their windows in preparation for mass chaos, there were no signs of violence or looting by the more than 70 million people who ...

Polling guidelines need an overhaul

I was delighted to vote in person because it felt good to see our sacred right as Americans put into action. However, I was horrified to see how poorly the flow of voters was managed, particularly with social distancing and a careless breach of my privacy. I had driven to my Blair County ...

Idea to help struggles of bars, restaurants

We’re often asked what the public can do to help Pennsylvania’s taverns and restaurants in light of the financial struggles being caused by COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Since the holiday shopping season has started early this year, here’s an idea: For those interested in helping ...

Individualism helps drive Americanism

Pope Saint John Paul II said that the biggest question before a democratic society is how we live together. In seeking an answer to this question you have to ask, “Can a society survive without a basic moral reasoning?” When you dissect this further, you have to realize that it is ...

Socialism shouldn’t be misinterpreted

In a letter on Oct. 23, Jody Wallace claims to have committed several acts of socialism in one day. She did not. Socialism requires total government control of goods or services. Wallace can read because of public education, with electricity provided by a co-op, in a house with an FDIC ...

Halloween is better in Saturday daylight

The idea of a daylight Saturday Halloween, I think, was a great one. Kids and parents seemed happy and calm. Also, I think it’s much safer for children and parents. Everyone I talked to Saturday seemed to agree with me. I vote we keep this as a permanent way of celebrating the ...