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Letters to the Editor

Make your vote count by doing it in person

My wife and I both decided to get mail-in ballots for the June 2 primary election because we weren’t sure how the COVID-19 pandemic would affect voting. However, as voting day approached, we decided we would vote in person. We ended up filing provisional ballots because we had received the ...

Shapiro bad choice for attorney general

Pennsylvania’s AG Josh Shapiro evokes Niemoller’s quote: “First they came for the Jews, but I did nothing because I am not a Jew.” Shapiro came for the Little Sisters of the Poor, who serve indigent dying people. In 2016, the Sisters defended themselves against Obamacare’s mandate ...

Provisional ballot process complicates

Here is some important information for any registered voter who requested a ballot to vote by mail. If you change your mind and decide to vote in person on Election Day, they recommend that you go to the polls with your mail-in ballot as well as all the envelopes it came in. Do not throw ...

Schmitt will help people, businesses

As someone working in the city of Altoona, I understand the importance of a representative that cares about jobs. After Norfolk Southern laid off employees in the infancy of his term, I witnessed Lou Schmitt’s genuine heartbreak after the bad news. He’s led the fight on tax breaks and ...

State GOP chairman leads with integrity

In a recent letter to the editor, a writer advanced conjecture that the Republican-led PA Legislature was planning to usurp the will of the voters. Specifically, he cited PA GOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas as the source of divulging such a plan. The alleged plan would involve the Legislature ...

Biden, Dem ticket will grow job market

The fact is that all politics begin at home, what with the loss of over 1,000 manufacturing jobs in Blair County since President Donald Trump has taken office should be a wake-up call for all of Blair County. The promise was to bring back the jobs that had gone to China, yet we lost local ...

Heidelbaugh choice for attorney general

Heather Heidelbaugh will make an excellent attorney general because of her experience as a lawyer and her great work ethic. She is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and pro-law enforcement. She wants to make sure all of our police are properly equipped to fight crime in the safest and most ...

State, local elections will direct our future

We have so rarely encountered such a divisive season as a nation. With the presidential race forcing us all to truly think and ultimately decide on which political path our union will tread, our attentions are unintentionally diverted from the elections that matter most of all: our ...

Schmitt has earned right to represent

Over the past two years, I’ve greatly appreciated the efforts put in by Lou Schmitt as our state representative. Schmitt spends countless hours advocating for the people of Blair County on his many subcommittees and on the House floor. He will always put the 79th District first, and I ...

Garrity adds up as state treasurer

Stacy Garrity has dedicated her life to service. She served in the U.S. Army, deploying in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. While in the Army reserves, she worked as a cost accountant for a global supplier of refractory powders. She worked up ...

Trump has done share to support military

As a Marine Corps veteran, I would like to say that I am voting to re-elect President Donald Trump for four more years. I can not stand to allow people to denigrate our president for the work he has done to protect our veterans and military. He has passed Veterans Choice, pulled troops out ...

Trump supporting range of vets’ options

In response to Wayne Witherow’s Oct. 5 letter, President Donald Trump signed into law the Mission Act on June 6, 2018, creating the Veterans Community Care Act,which provided a wider range of medical care options for veterans. The Veterans Choice Program terminated on June 7, 2019. ...

President wasn’t entitled to lift music

According to Phyllis Werts’ letter on Oct. 6, some bawl-baby singers were upset that President Donald Trump was using their songs at his rallies. Foregoing the fact that Trump and his campaign didn’t bother getting permission to use the music, which is a trademark infringement. She ...

Will Trump learn from virus bout?

We have just learned that President Donald Trump and the First Lady, along with numerous members of his staff, have tested positive for COVID-19, one day after Hope Hicks tested positive. This is what happens when you repeatedly ignore the advice of your own top medical experts. A White ...

Trump has shown he’s not worthy

I watched a movie, “Saving Private Ryan.” The first half hour or so are a reenactment of the assault at Normandy. It is a blood bath, with the water literally turning red from the blood of dead soldiers who were machine gunned down by white supremacist Nazis. Then I watched a ...

Endorsing those standing for freedom

The election on Nov. 3, 2020, is the most pivotal election in our collective lifetime. Never before in American history have we had to make a democratic decision of whether to preserve our freedoms and to maintain the greatness of America, or to sacrifice our freedoms for the sake of ...

Trump’s pro-life stance reason for re-election

Based on my deeply held religious convictions, I will be voting for Donald Trump for president on Nov. 3. He has kept to his word on the pro-life issue. President Trump has appointed pro-life judges to the Supreme Court, as well as pro-life federal judges. He has also signed executive ...

Legislature must not overturn will of voters

I am writing to express concern regarding a statement by Pennsylvania GOP chairman Lawrence Tabas, stating the state legislature would move to appoint Pennsylvania’s electors should President Donald Trump fail to win the state’s popular vote in the November election. The U.S. ...

Biden’s visit: Locals missed opportunity

Last week, the Democratic candidate for president of the United States made a train trip across eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. He is a man who has set an example for others by using the railroad to commute to Washington, D.C., for nearly 50 years. He has made promises to bring more ...

Hold public officials accountable by voting

Voters will decide the direction of our nation on Nov. 3. Among voters will be people using knowledge and understanding with their capacity and capability to reason over issues, before deciding on candidates. Vulnerable people subject to powerful cliches and misinformation may vote through ...