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Letters to the Editor

Altoona streets ‘are a royal mess’

Broad and Beale Avenues between 31st Street and 58th Street are heavily traveled roads along with other streets in the city of Altoona.When did the city become a rural area? With the bituminous resurfacing of the areas above, it sure looks like one.This stuff is a royal mess.Having a vehicle, ...

Eichelberger off base on child abuse crimes

State Sen. John H. Eichelberger Jr. stated that some child sex abuse victims were out for the money.He could not be further from the truth.Recently, there was a debate regarding the retroactivity part of the child sex abuse statute of limitation reform bill. Eichelberger even said that the ...

PA Supreme Court should decide SOL

Prior to March 1, I had little insight into the legal plight of child sexual abuse victims in Pennsylvania or across the country.After the truth of the abuse and cover-up in the Altoona -Johnstown Diocese was revealed, the glaring problem was heartbreaking. The issue of statute of limitations ...

We’re underdogs in reassessment

Picture yourself going to a football game to cheer for your favorite team. It's an away game.A few minutes into the game, your team scores a touchdown, but the scoreboard scrolls a message saying the touchdown doesn't count because the runner didn't follow the home team's scoring rules.Please ...

City’s response to flag troubling

I applaud Dan Stuckey for being a concerned citizen and putting forth his own personal resources to care for a parcel that is currently the city's responsibility.It was disturbing to read how the city leadership has responded to one of its citizen's request to improve a small piece of city ...

Legislators following Trump are misguided

I find it appalling so many of our local elected officials are endorsing Donald Trump for president.The notion by John Eichelberger and others that Trump is not being treated fairly by the media is ludicrous.Eichelberger actually agreed with Trump that Trump could only lose Pennsylvania if ...

Filtered cigarettes ought to be banned

A possible future headline: "PA first to ban sales of filtered cigarettes."State legislators who introduced bill cited pollution and health concerns.The long overdue measure passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.Big tobacco continues to insist filters are necessary components of ...

Don’t dismiss what Shuster(s) have done

I'm glad to see Art Halverson back in the race. A competitive race educates the undecided.I have been volunteering since Bud Shuster's second campaign, doing a variety of tasks. In those efforts, I learned from the best political minds in this area, such as the late Bill Stouffer, Bob Boyer and ...

Past legislators spent too much

The property tax proposal is a system that is in reverse.The costs put out by our politicians must be curbed before the public is being punished for the poor fiscal management by former and present legislative representative of the people.It seems they can't wait for the money reassessment ...

Khan should focus on radical Muslims

Khizr Khan telling of their son being killed by an IED while serving this country was very moving.Shouldn't his following passionate speech been directed toward the Muslim radical segment that placed the IED, not Donald Trump? Because that segment uses whatever deceitful evil means to ...

‘We should wonder who is protecting our laws’

I remember the oath I swore at the federal building in Pittsburgh on Aug. 15, 1966.It went, "I swear to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic, obeying all laws, orders, general and special, so help me God."I believe Sen. John McCain, ...

Playgrounds, recreation shouldn’t be devalued

The most important reason that we study history is to remember and not to repeat the mistakes of the past.The Central Blair Recreation Commission, that inter-municipal organization that everyone highly touts but to which no one has any input, needs to remember history.The commission is ...

License renewal red tape excessive

OK, here we are again, another big election coming up and when you go to vote, you do not have to show proof of residency.You have to show I.D. to get alcohol, cigarettes, cash a check and use your credit card, but to vote, that is a big inconvenience.Now with all that being said, please ...

Gesture appreciated

Recently I was shopping at Wal-Mart and lost my pocketbook.It was found by an honest, thoughtful and caring person.Words cannot express my gratitude to that person.Thank you very much.Geraldine CristHollidaysburg

Reassessment’s yellow brick road

If anyone out there remembers the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," there are similarities between it and Blair County's road to reassessment.To jog your memory, Dorothy, a Kansas farm girl, is swept up in a cyclone along with her house and lands in the mythical world of Munchkinland in the "Land ...

Obama has led US down the wrong road

We can't afford another Democrat in the White House.1. The U.S. is almost $20 trillion in debt - $10 trillion by the Obama administration.2. Our economy is weak. It's grown 1 to 2 percent per year since Obama has been in office.3. The jobs being created are mostly part time and low paying, new ...

Shuster’s description of Halvorson unfair

I thought Congressman Bill Shuster couldn't possibly be any more repugnant.But Shuster's campaign responded to Art Halvorson's decision to accept the Democratic nomination as being "selfish."Excuse me?How dare Shuster dishonor someone who served with distinction for 29 years in the military, ...

Reassessment fallout no shock

My letter of June 10 advised what would happen when many people received their new property tax values, and it has.Those being hurt the most are elderly couples, widows and widowers, the people on fixed incomes who have not received a monthly increase for years.When someone gets $748 a month ...

Halvorson camp didn’t solicit Dems

Regarding the claims in Ryan Brown's Political Notebook on Sunday by Ron Fairman that the Halvorson campaign actively solicited votes from Democrats in the April primary, I'd like to set the record straight.Knowing that both Bill Shuster and his father, Bud, have routinely sought Democratic ...

Criticism of Obama leaves out some facts

In an Aug. 1 letter, Terry Barley calls Barack Obama's agenda a disaster and says Obama has this country on its knees. When Obama was elected in 2008, we were in the worst recession since the Great Depression.Does Barley see this recession as a golden age that Obama screwed up? Should we go ...