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Letters to the Editor

Trump can’t pass off blame to Democrats

I read with great interest Rep. John Joyce’s letter in which he claims that Democrats are doing nothing, and President Donald Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises. I would like to know what promises Trump has kept. Was it the one in which he promised to release his tax returns? No, he ...

Pittsburgh is proof cleanup efforts work

There is scarcely a day when you can’t read or hear one or more stories on climate change. They are in many magazines, newspapers, on TV and radio so it is impossible to miss them. Having read many of these articles, I find that most talk about climate change infers that the climate is ...

Making sure veterans’ photos are preserved

This in response to the Oct. 21 article (“VanZandt goes digital to preserve history.”) Most of these pictures of veterans have been hanging on walls for half a century or more at their families’ homes. They have endured sunlight from windows, house light, tobacco smoke, dust and ...

Advancements vital to fight Alzheimer’s

I had the privilege, along with my children, on Saturday, Sept. 28 to act as the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (AIM) representative at the Annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Peoples Natural Gas Field. The Alzheimer’s Impact Movemen is the advocacy arm of the Alzheimer’s Association. ...

Election turnout is always critical

The 2019 primary election was exciting for those who live in the borough of Tyrone. We had a total of eight candidates for borough council with only four seats up for grabs. We also had several school board positions that opened, candidates for county commissioner were debating away, and ...

Erb all about making a better Blair County

We need to re-elect Bruce Erb for Blair County commissioner. Blair County must keep working toward the future. Erb has knowledge and experience in banking and investment. In his first term, he has helped improved the county finances. Erb has also improved the financial condition of the ...

Hollidaysburg stages grand homecoming

I just got home from U.S. Navy Band Commodore 2019 National Tour’s sellout audience at the Hollidaysburg Area High School. Wow, did the city/community of Hollidaysburg give Master Chief Musician Matthew Neff a grand welcome home again and for the final time with the Commodores. It was ...

Preserving Raystown areas is right decision

Hats off and a salute to the US Army Corps of Engineers for respecting the science and public sentiment that demanded the conservation of the Hawn’s Peninsula and adjacent Terrace Mountain at Raystown Lake, designating those areas as Environmentally Sensitive Area, Vegetative Management and ...

Mourning the loss of America’s civility

I find myself in the state of mourning for the loss of civility in our current hyper-partisan atmosphere. No longer are we viewed as individuals with a wide swath of experience, opinions, base of knowledge or shared humanity. I have heard more personal insults directed at individuals based ...

Correcting fact error on wealthy tax rate

Frank Philips’ letter on Oct. 24 contains a major factual error. He writes “One last bit of news. The wealthiest 400 families now pay a tax rate of 23 percent. The bottom half of American households pay a 24.2 percent tax rate.” This statement is demonstrably false. Google: Summary ...

Rose Hill Cemetery still in need of help

I would like to clear up some misinformation regarding local cemetery maintenance. It is wonderful that the Blair County prisoners have undertaken maintenance at two of our local Altoona cemeteries — Oak Ridge and Fairview. As a representative for Rose Hill Cemetery, I want to explain ...

Pot legalization should be on ballot

Why did Gov. Tom Wolf send Lt. Gov. John Fetterman out into our 67 counties to ask about making marijuana legal? That was like sending Satan out to ask if sin is wrong. No, I’m not calling Fetterman the devil, because if I was sent out for the same reason, it would also be like sending ...

Speakers series has unifying spirit

I just returned from an outstanding “United We Can” luncheon at The Casino. The featured speaker was Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman, a fighter, podcaster, author and outstanding speaker. He was a true inspiration for both young and old. The series has been an event not to be ...

Letter to the editor — Trump has proven enough is enough

Trump has proven enough is enough Will someone please explain to me what exactly President Donald Trump must do to receive the universal condemnation that his actions truly deserve? This man, under the guise of the presidency, has done very little to the benefit of all Americans. Instead, ...

Trump using Kurds for personal gain

Is it really a mystery why President Donald Trump pulled our troops away from our betrayed allies, the Kurds? Erdogan made a call to Trump. Then without notifying Congress, his staff, the Kurds or anyone else, Trump redeployed American troops to other locations in the Middle East. Trump ...

Republicans are taking too much from taxpayers

I was chuckling when I recently read a letter to the editor in which the author stated the Democratic Party is bad for the country. The author probably gets her news from the local newspaper, or Rush Limbaugh or perhaps Fox News. So, I’m going to try to provide a little unbiased ...

Pacifico making city more business-friendly

I want to give my full endorsement and support to re-elect Mayor Pacifico. Having been in business for 30 years, I can see the results/improvements which are making the city more business-friendly. These results are what led my company to invest heavily into the city in the last four ...

Shine light on national school bus safety week

During the week of Oct. 21, Pennsylvania joins the nation in celebration of national school bus safety week. During this time, safety stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, motorists, state officials, school bus operators, school administrators and other interested parties join ...

‘Shouldn’t lose another man or woman in war’

Cal Thomas’ Oct. 16 column expressed concern over the withdrawal from Syria. I am no expert on war or troop numbers. Thomas mentioned 501,100 troops. A troop can consist of 250 men and women. If President Donald Trump would withdraw 50-100 troops, it could be 12,500 to 25,100 ...

Pacifico has proven his leadership as mayor

I am writing to encourage support for Mayor Matt Pacifico. As a registered Democrat, I have found value in Pacifico’s tenure as leader of our great city. He has been instrumental in making Altoona better. This ranges from forming a city land bank, working on Altoona revitalization and ...