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Letters to the Editor

Ickes, Carper best for Altoona City Council

Jesse Ickes and Joe Carper are both men of character who are committed to our community, and have chosen to live and raise their families in Altoona. Ickes and Carper are level-headed, smart young professionals who are fiscally responsible and have the ability to unify. Ickes is a ...

Erb has shown he cares about small communities

Bruce Erb has earned my support and the support of many of my neighbors here in Williamsburg. He cares about our small communities and is quick and responsive when we have a need. Erb not only has a strong financial background, he also has a clear and precise vision for the future good of ...

Mayor, city council showed their ‘Pride’

Congratulations to Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico and Altoona City Council for showing support for the gay and lesbian community. The outpouring of local support for the Pride parade was amazing. It is time we understand that all people are important. Dave Servello Altoona

Betraying Kurds, loyal to Turks

The Kurds are a tough, rugged people used to hardships. They are farmers, herders and also fierce and loyal fighters. Kurdish fighters also include women. They were a big part in helping American troops end the stranglehold ISIS had on that area. Ten thousand Kurds were killed, and 24,000 ...

Erb, Carper, Ickes deserve support

On Nov. 5, voters will elect important leadership for municipal government. At the county level, Bruce Erb draws on a successful career in banking and finance to aid his decision making. Blair County faces many challenges as they wrestle with a list of needs that will surely outweigh the ...

Erb makes sense for commissioner

I am writing to support Bruce Erb for Blair County commissioner. I have known Erb for more than 30 years. His background as a professional banker gives him the financial acumen necessary to deal with the fiscal issues facing Blair County and his record over the last four years demonstrates an ...

Pittston mayor endorses Pacifico

As mayor of a third-class city, I understand the challenges inherent to this office. The office requires a diversified skill set — an understanding of government, the nuances of your community/desire of the electorate, a compassion for people and in our present political state, a desire for ...

Work remains in fight vs. polio

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day. I recently attended a summit in Washington, D.C. on world vaccinations. I found out that the United Nations Foundation is fighting — with a Shot@life for world immunizations through vaccines. I feel the need is great, and we should continue to vaccinate ...

Trump making wrong moves in Syria-Turkey

Donald Trump campaigned on restoring “respect” for America. The opposite is happening. The Pew Global Indicators Database shows confidence in the U.S. plummeting, particularly among our allies. Between 2015 and 2018 the UK registered a 48 percent drop; Germany a 63 percent drop; France, ...

Pacifico bringing compassion to job

I am the founder of a local nonprofit, Smiles for Miles, and I would like to take this opportunity to strongly endorse Matt Pacifico for re-election of mayor of Altoona. It has been a pleasure and honor to work with Pacifico to bring all-abilities playground equipment to parks within Altoona. ...

Burns will help build stronger Hollidaysburg

Brandon Burns, a school board candidate for the Hollidaysburg Area School District, supports the community and the taxpayers. His goal is to build stronger communities through supporting the education programs in our schools. Having worked with him on projects at Frankstown Elementary ...

Erb has knowledge, wisdom to lead county

I would like to state my public support for the re-election campaign of Bruce Erb as county commissioner. I have known Erb since my days of working in the banking industry at the Hollidaysburg Trust Company in the early 1990s. He is an honest, kind-hearted and sincere individual — ...

Webster ‘devoted to our communities’

I have gotten to know Amy Webster over the past several months, and she has become a great friend to me. It’s amazing the people that you meet throughout life and some really stand out in a great way. Webster is an amazingly intelligent woman who has outstanding compassion for others. She ...

Pacifico will preserve ‘prosperous Altoona’

Matt Pacifico has been mayor of Altoona for six years, and in that time, our city has experienced many positive outcomes. He enabled a rapid exit from Act 47, thus relieving the city’s financial distress, as well as forming a blight task force, creating an environment encouraging downtown ...

Landowner tried to work with school

There recently was a letter to the editor from Corinthia Morningstar about a landowner not allowing access to the Amish to walk across his ground to go to school. I’m that landowner. Too often, some people choose to point fingers when they really have no idea what they’re talking ...

Pacifico is moving Altoona forward

Matt Pacifico has worked tirelessly to move Altoona forward and is eager to expand on the success of his term. I have known and worked with Pacifico for the past six years on various boards. He works as an advocate for new business in the area, and this is evident with the growing number of ...

Erb’s experience, leadership needed

When I look at the candidates for county commissioner, only Bruce Erb has the financial experience and the leadership qualities we need and deserve. Erb came to office four years ago with almost 40 years of financial management experience and went right to work making things better. His ...

Kaneshiki stands for critical thinking

It is impossible for a student to obtain the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed if they are continually taught what to think rather than how to think. Receiving fact-based information on both sides of an issue is crucial when making any decision. That is why we need to keep Lois ...

Burns supported for Hollidaysburg board

Education is my business. I have taught for 17 years. I have watched board members come and go. I have come to know what are the essential characteristics of a board member invested in education and district management. I value one who has roots in the community and who works to improve ...

AASD board member issues endorsements

I am a current member of the Altoona Area School Board. I would like to ask all voters to join me in voting for these candidates that will put education first and control unnecessary spending. Please only choose these four: Eric Haugh, Sharon Bream, Ron Johnston and Frank Meloy. Ed Kreuz ...