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Letters to the Editor

Peck and King for Superior Court

The chance to vote for two additional judges to the superior court is coming this November. Unlike most elections, we will not get an opportunity like this to vote on the judges again. In fact, this may not happen again for another 10 years in which Pennsylvani­ans will simply vote on ...

Webster, Erb best represent taxpayers

The election for Blair County commissioner will of great importance. Amy Webster, Bruce Erb will represent the taxpayers. The appeals board will finally be made to follow the laws pertaining to real-estate property appeals. The current commissioners need to fire those now on this board or ...

Peck, King qualified for Pa. Superior Court

Please join me in voting for Christylee Peck and Megan King for the Pennsylvania Superior Court on Nov. 5. They are experienced and highly qualified jurists who will uphold the rule of law and the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions. Judge Peck has been on the Court of Common Pleas in ...

Hollidaysburg should re-elect Kaneshiki

Re-elect school director Lois Kaneshiki on Nov. 5. Students and taxpayers alike in the Hollidaysburg Area School District will benefit from her passion for sound education underpinned by her grasp of fiscal discipline. Kaneshiki is prepared to address concern over the number of HASD ...

Don’t equate violence with mental illness

I must take exception to Frank Kauffman’s recent letter equating violence with mental illness. Violence, be it gun violence or any other violence, is not about mental illness. It is about hate, anger and rage, something we see in abundance in the USA in the year 2019. Please check the ...

Geis has background to be Altoona mayor

This letter is written as a letter of support for the candidacy of Mark Geis to be the next mayor of the City of Altoona. I have known Geis all my life and attest to the fact that he has the personal attributes and skills, as well as the experience, to be an excellent mayor. Geis ...

McCaffery has concern for Hollidaysburg Area

As a resident of the Hollidaysburg Area School District, I would like to recommend Tom McCaffery for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board. McCaffery, a parent and grandparent himself, realizes how important a safe school with good academic standards is to parents, to students and to the ...

Second Amendment is not negotiable

If the Democratic party does, as some have threatened, treat gun control as a political bargaining chip by attaching such measures to something of considerably less significance than the constitutionally guaranteed right in the Second Amendment, they should be ashamed of themselves. This ...

Choose school board candidates carefully

Recently, during selection of a new AP science textbook, a Hollidaysburg Area School Board member objected to the science department’s recommendation. She based her objection on supposed bias toward the science of climate change and renewable energy. She based her ideas on psuedoscience ...

Turiano cares about community’s future

I’m writing to express my support of Josh Turiano for Altoona Area School Board. Like me, Turiano is a life-long resident of Altoona and a graduate of AAHS. He has a young child just entering school. He understands the families in this school district, regardless of their family’s income ...

Cresson Legion grateful for new legislation

The American Legion membership eligibility requirements have changed. Prior to July 30, 2019, a veteran had to have served on active duty during one of the designated “war” periods designated by Congress to qualify for membership in the American Legion. Unfortunately, this barred ...

Beam willing to make the tough decisions

This letter is in support of commissioner Ted Beam for re-election as a Blair County commissioner for another term. Beam has been out in front making the difficult decisions that have placed Blair County in a strong financial position for the future. The county now has a sound financial base ...

Erb, Webster deserve county’s support

As many citizens of Blair County know, the sting of mismanaged county government can turn into an irreparable shock. Many hardworking taxpayers suffer from elected officials misdirecting their money. Luckily for us, two great candidates will appear on the ballot for county commissioner this ...

Burns has track record to benefit Hollidaysburg

We are supporting Brandon Burns for the Hollidaysburg Area School Board in the November election. With five seats available, and three of the incumbents not seeking re-election, it is time for some new ideas and energy on the school board. Burns is an excellent choice to fill one of those ...

Burke committed to helping families

Laura Burke has earned my vote for Blair County commissioner. As a former county employee and local attorney, Burke has experience working with various county offices and is familiar with what goes on in our courthouse. She knows what hard-working commissioners can do for our county. ...

Lovable dog endures her untimely fate

Judy was a miniature long-haired dachshund loved by everyone. She was a ray of sunshine on every day as her owner walked her on a leash in Hollidays­burg. I sadly say “was” because Judy met an untimely fate by another dog. A reminder to all who walk dogs: They are to be on a leash ...

Planned Parenthood must be defunded

My letter is to express utter disdain regarding Planned Parenthood’s sinister ways to siphon off/channel our tax dollars for its efforts in the destruction of the little ones in the womb, by abortion. Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and others of their stripe utilize their power ...

Beam, Erb have put partisan politics aside

As loyal fans of the Altoona Curve, it would have been unfortunate had the franchise owners been forced to pull out due to a lack of maintenance funds for PNG Field. The arrangement that was negotiated to allow some of the funds from the hotel tax in the county to go to stadium maintenance ...

Keep Bream, Johnston on Altoona board

Sharon Bream and Ron Johnston are two terrific individuals who have proven their integrity, fiscal conservatism, and care for our students as members of the Altoona Area School Board. They are properly representing our community by opposing the new high school building project and seeking to ...

Hate, not mental illness, fueling mass killings

Propaganda has been used throughout history to make people believe something is true when it is not, or not true when it is. Now, President Trump is using propaganda to say all who commit mass murder with high powered weapons are mentally ill. In a letter to the Mirror last month, writer ...