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Letters to the Editor

Ward working for the people

In November 2018, I discovered I had a problem regarding an issue with the Pennsyl­va­nia government. I didn’t know where to turn for help but, fortunately, I was directed to Sen. Judy Ward’s office. Ward didn’t hesitate and helped me through eight months of resolving the problem. Her ...

Only time can undo Trump’s damage

There are over a half million illegal immigrants in the U.S. from Europe, with approximately 50,000 in New York alone. Why don’t we ever hear about them? Have any of them been put in cages? Have any of their children been separated from them? I think not, and the reason would be that the ...

Trump administration destroys all that’s good

President Donald Trump questioned the patriotism of four U.S. Representatives and accused them of hating this country because they dared to criticize his policies. I believe patriotism is honoring our country’s founding principles, while at the same time working to ensure that those ...

America still has battles it must win

Another Independence Day has come and gone. Flags were waved, firework displays were everywhere, picnics were held, beer was drunk and many swore their undying love for America. Meanwhile, there was a terrible earthquake in California, some poor souls were hit by lightning in South Carolina, ...

President doesn’t represent our values

On July 14, President Trump tweeted “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came?” He was referring to four, non-white, female, American legislators, three of whom were born in America and one of whom is a naturalized American ...

Kind employees go above, beyond

I have a disabled daughter, and she has to have nursing care at night so I can sleep so I can go to work during the day. Recently, the night nurse was dropping off paper work across from the Walmart in Altoona and got a flat tire. The tire section of Walmart was closed, but the guys were ...

Building will trigger Altoona’s downfall

With the arrival of the latest Altoona Area School District tax bill, I can’t help but think back to Superintendent’s Charles Prijatelj speech that the tax increase will only be about $21 per home. Maybe $21 isn’t much to someone who is making a six-figure income off of the taxpayers’ ...

Trump isn’t as smart as he claims to be

President Donald Trump has led the American people to believe that he is a hugely successful businessman. Yet he is unwilling to disclose his tax returns, something every president and presidential candidate for nearly 50 years has done. Trump has told us that he is a “really smart ...

State must achieve internet equality

One reason the governor signed the no snow days bill into law was because it means no school makeup days in the spring. The downside is the fact that students without broadband access will still miss days of school since they cannot do assignments if teachers assign online homework during ...

Texting while driving can leave huge regret

Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 and causing many more life-threatening injuries. Texting while driving is the most alarming and growing driver distraction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Recently, our community ...

Local TV customers need to fight corporate greed

If you are in your mid-70s, you can remember when TV sets started showing up in our living rooms. We had two channels, WFBG in Altoona and WJAC in Johnstown (WFBG later became WTAJ). We used antennas to get reception. This was when we were kids 70 years ago. Since then, we have never had a ...

Joyce DC tenure is off to good start

I’m incredibly impressed with the commitment Congressman John Joyce has shown to Altoona during his first few months on the job. Since he was sworn into office, he has been a consistent visitor to our area and, when he comes to town, he constantly makes himself available to his ...

Service invaluable for local seniors

I wonder how many people are aware of the wonderful service we have in the Blair Senior Service van. For as low as a dollar each way, (sometimes a little more) they pick you up at the door and drop you off at the door. Every driver — male or female — is extremely nice, helpful and ...

Why do Democrats ignore abortion deaths?

Recently, Americans were shown the terribly sad pictures of a father and child who died trying to enter the United States illegally. Based on past activity, it is estimated that this year over 700,000 American children will die at the border. The facts are shocking and something must be ...

Criticism, complaints flourish in America

In the U.S. today, we hear vile criticism by many of our politicians, and from nameless individuals on the internet of those others who have different ideas. Yet, we hear little of their ideas or a logical argument to convince others of their opinions. They continue to criticize and call ...

Larger fireworks should be outlawed

When the new fireworks law was passed, were they being considerate of all the military personnel living in Pennsylvania with post-traumatic stress disorder? I would say a definite “No!” The veterans gave of themselves for this country so the lawmakers could be where they are in ...

Inmates’ assistance at cemetery appreciated

Recently some of the members of our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, helped in doing some upkeep at the Oakridge Cemetery. When we arrived, already working at the cemetery was a work crew of inmates from the Blair County Prison. We worked side by side with them. They ...

Hospitalists provide valuable services

How well Dr. Nancy Kenney’s in-depth article explained the invaluable role of hospitalists and this specialty (since 1996) to the patients and to the primary care physicians. The hospitalist is well-trained, on site, available, knowledgeable, responsive and comforting to the patient and ...

Taxpayers deserve more for our resources

Did you know that Pennsyl­vania is the second leading producer of natural gas in the U.S.? Or that Texans pay no state income tax? Oil rich Alaska issues its residents royalty checks each year. Our elected officials have a different approach. Although Pennsylvania ranks 38th in fiscal ...

Shortage of doctors is a real ‘trauma’

This letter is in response to the three-part series by William Kibler concerning family care physicians. My husband and I recently moved to Hollidaysburg from Philadelphia. We are very happy in the area, with the exception of the availability of primary care physicians. We are fortunate to ...