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Letters to the Editor

Blair Senior Services going the extra mile

I am writing this letter to give a high-five and kudos to Altoona Blair Senior Services. I have been going to the center for nearly six years now, and when the center was closed by order of Gov. Tom Wolf, the director informed us that there would still be the necessary services, such as van ...

Be sure to thank a health care hero

As we continue to fight COVID-19, it has been so encouraging to see the outpouring of support from our community for Conemaugh Nason Medical Center. We always strive to be a place where you choose to come for healthcare, and we take our responsibility as a community leader very seriously. ...

President isn’t dividing US; obstructionists are

After listening and reading all the news reports on the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve come to the conclusion that if I wanted to know what was really being done about the virus by our president, I’d have to watch the White House COVID-19 Task Force daily press reports to know exactly what was ...

Trump didn’t champion global health security

In 2014, the Obama administration launched the Global Health Security Agenda to accelerate epidemic preparedness. That effort, helped by $1 billion from the U.S. government in an emergency spending bill to fight Ebola, led to major gains in global capability to combat the Ebola outbreak and ...

Raising local taxes is not the answer

The federal government and Pennsylvania government have had the wisdom to delay tax payments untill July 15, 2020. This is because of the financial, physical and mental hardships brought on by the corona­virus pandemic. Blair County, the city of Altoona and the school district want their ...

‘Seems the devil is in charge for now’

Cancer. The scourge of the human race. We had a family member die last month. She was also my best friend. She lived her life like all good people do — worked hard, played hard, paid her bills on time, was good to her family and her friends of which she had many. Her life was happy, ...

Could penicillin help cure virus?

Did anyone think to use penicillin on a couple of the sick COVID-19 patients? Maybe it would work. This drug goes back over 60 years. Jean Lind Altoona

Republicans should start thinking for themselves

I have an open question for Blair County Republicans in general and conservatives in particular: What are you afraid of? The reason I ask is because it appears to me that you and your like-minded brethren across the country are very fearful. Here are a few observations about the fears I ...

In this time of despair, help needed from above

I was in my bathroom today, a place where I seem to think about my thoughts and concerns, and today, I’m very anxious about the virus we are all facing. The whole world is affected by this disease. Everyone is scrambling to get food and supplies, so we have them in case confinement is a ...

Grateful for many acts of kindness

I am an 86-year-old widow of a Vietnam disabled veteran. The American flag proudly flies from its place on my front porch. Children and grandchildren are there for me. Thoughtful people deliver meals to me from Altoona’s “Meals on Wheels.” Young neighbors across the street have ...

Girlfriend has seen good side of Blazier

The man I know as Ryan Blazier would never do what he’s accused of to a child or to children. I speak as his girlfriend. I know many will disagree with what I am saying, and while I respect other people’s opinion on the matter, this is my opinion alone. I can only judge the man on the ...

Trump mismanaging crisis he helped create

The grossly inadequate response of the Trump administration to the deadly corona­virus is just one more stellar example of how out of his depth this president is. He has no earthly concept of what he is dealing with. He blames the prior administration for his failure. Instead of stepping up ...

Panicking Americans need dose of history

The sky is falling, the sky is falling. First of all, the sky is not falling, but our brains are failing. Sure, this virus isn’t anything to laugh about, but most of the people are. Especially in the United States, we are so spoiled that if we can’t get our cup of coffee at our local ...

Bible has no errors, ‘scientific or otherwise’

I’m writing in response to the retired science teacher’s letter about the Bible. It is terribly wrong in so many points. His most egregious mistake was to say that there are many “errors in scripture.” I’ve read the Bible many times over and have yet to find one single error, ...

Socialism would drive country wrong way

Socialism? Really? Socialism is defined as a political and economic theory of social organization based on collective or governmental ownership and democratic management of essential means for the production and distribution of goods: also, a policy or practice based on this theory. All ...

Eliminating collection of plastics irresponsible

The suggestion by Burgmeier’s Hauling that the Intermunicipal Relations Committee eliminate curbside plastic collection in Altoona, Logan Township and Hollidaysburg – as detailed in a Feb. 23 article – is irresponsible. The vast majority of recycled plastic is PET (polyethylene ...

Locals must take this virus seriously

I preface this by disclosing that I am not a medical professional. I am, however, a grateful resident of Blair County, grateful that, as I write this (March 25) there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in this county and several nearby counties. As requested by state and federal ...

Trump’s updates turning into rallies

Although I appreciate the information provided by President Donald Trump, it is clear he is using his briefings as campaign rallies. He just rambles and repeats himself over and over again, as well as just promotes himself as the great leader. The information provided is more ...

China must be held accountable

As of December 2019, the United States was in debt to China $1.07 trillion. Who else thinks the U.S. should hold China responsible for the COVID-19 outbreak? The coronavirus is costing the U.S. billions of dollars as it attempts to control and treat the disease. Then there are the loss of ...

Shutdown leaving some mixed messages

It is an indisputable fact that the number one contributor to the spread of the COVID-19 virus around the world is mass transit, specifically airline travel. Just as with schools, mass transit is also a major contributor to the spread of any illness. You can go to a state park to enjoy ...