Letters to the Editor

Smilnak would be HASD board asset

I am writing to inform you that Jennifer Smilnak is running for Hollidaysburg Area School Board. Smilnak is a graduate of Mount Aloysius with a bachelor’s degree in business and has a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Saint Francis University. She has worked with many ...

Blair County ‘lucky to have’ Erb

I have personally known Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb for decades and value both his professional demeanor and valuable specialized experience in financial management. In a society with unfunded mandates and increased service expectations at the county level, Erb’s 30-plus years of ...

On jail, Huntingdon can’t keep kicking can

As I read the article in the Mirror on Sunday, April 14 regarding the Huntingdon County jail (“County lockup bleeding money”), I agreed with the judge, district attorney and warden as to the need for an alternative to the current situation of housing out-of-county inmates. I do feel that ...

True Christians fine with mentioning Jesus

I have been a Christian for over 45 years. During those years, Christians have been chided by those who dislike the very name of Jesus to be silent and more tolerant. For all those years, this has been a one-way street. It is always the intolerant telling everyone else to be tolerant. For ...

Labor council makes primary endorsements

The Blair-Bedford Labor Council recently conducted a candidates night, where candidates were invited for Blair County commissioner, coroner, Altoona mayor and city council, Logan Township supervisor and Altoona Area and Hollidaysburg Area school boards. Candidates were asked to submit a ...

Warren has resume for Superior Court

As a former district attorney and practicing criminal law for over 30 years I have appeared before hundreds of judges throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. I find the best judges are ones that allow the attorneys to state their case, listen to both sides, but have a keen eye to seeing ...

Benzel has experience to be district judge

I have known Rick Benzel for many years and have respected and admired the way he performs his duties as a police officer. Benzel has 22 years of meaningful, real-life experience in the courtroom, and on the streets of our community which has prepared him to be our district judge. He has a ...

Kelley will serve as champion for taxpayers

As an active member of the Blair County Young Republicans, I’m eager to express my support of Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. Reviewing Kelley’s resume outlines that his experience in local government will provide the citizens of our county with a commissioner that will be ...

For postal carriers, keep pets in check

In April, the United States Postal Service annually promotes National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers in the greater Altoona Area to take notice of this annual campaign to help the postal service eliminate dangerous and costly dog attacks. Pet owners’ efforts ...

Metzgar trustworthy choice in Logan Twp.

The respect my husband and I have for Joe Metzgar, now running for re-election to the Logan Township supervisors, can be easily summarized: When our children were minors, we asked Metzgar to be their financial guardian. He accepted this considerable responsibility for our three most precious ...

Zang has experience to be district judge

I have known Ed Zang for many years. He is a very experienced attorney with a strong background in criminal and civil matters. Zang’s experience is invaluable. Anything that crosses his desk as a district magistrate judge will likely be something he has dealt with before. This ...

Webster combines heart, common sense

Like many Blair County property owners, we were confused by the results of the reassessment. Our property was assessed tens of thousands of dollars more than we paid for it a couple of years prior. Since the reasonable solution was an appeal process, we signed up. We proceeded, thinking ...

Kelley brings leadership to commissioner race

With the election up-coming, I’m writing to express my support for Bruce Kelley for Blair County commissioner. I’ve worked with Kelley before, and he’s exactly the leader our county needs to handle the many difficult decisions that our county is facing. Kelley has been an avid ...

Surkovich known for going extra mile

This letter is to support Timothy Surkovich for Hollidaysburg Area School Board. I have known Surkovich for many years. He is an active member of the community. He serves as financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus among other roles. Surkovich never does “just a little.” He was ...

Election letter deadline is Tuesday

Letters concerning the May 21 primary election or candidates running in the election must be received in the Mirror’s newsroom by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30. To be considered for publication, election-related letters cannot exceed 150 words and must include the author’s name, complete home ...

On CWD, Thompson, Joyce get it half right

Congressmen Glenn Thompson and John Joyce’s proposal to spend $15 million on Chronic Wasting Disease research in the hopes of developing a future cure and learning more about the disease, while laudable, only serves to kick the can down the road. Any cure or vaccine will likely be years ...

Advocating for vets must be our priority

I’m writing about the April 1 letter (“Altoona VA, staff helps combat vet persevere”) written by Sgt. Bernard Masino. This is a very uplifting narrative. I am a former Air Force emergency room medic during the Vietnam conflict, though I did not serve in Vietnam. However, I counseled ...

Benzel well suited for district judge

I am writing to share my experiences about Rick Benzel, the best candidate for magisterial district judge. My family experienced a crisis some time ago and we were fortunate to have officer Benzel assigned to the incident. I learned he was highly professional, had a tremendous work ethic and ...

Kelley committed to local government

As we near the primary election cycle for 2019, the most important race is for Blair County commissioner. In viewing the field of candidates, there’s only one that has the track record to take charge of the issues facing our county, and that’s Bruce Kelley. I’ve known Kelley for ...

Erb has done share to aid county finances

The question for many seeking Blair County commissionership relates to the reassessment debacle. While both of our other commissioners, Tomassetti and Beam, approved of the issue, Bruce Erb played no role in implementing it. Many chastise him for his involvement, but Erb did not get elected, ...