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Letters to the Editor

To his credit, McGinnis has been ‘outsider’

How often do voters get a chance to elect an outsider who is already in office? That's the opportunity we have in the 79th District with state Rep. John McGinnis.McGinnis ran on a platform of reform and has been butting heads with leaders in the Capitol and leaders in his own party. While ...

After suffering, victims deserve day in court

If only "Spotlight" was a fictional creation of Hollywood, and not the all-too-real story of the Catholic Church's systematic pattern of hiding priestly child sexual abuse.If only the story told by The Boston Globe pertained only to Boston, and not to Philadelphia, and Milwaukee, and Los ...

McGinnis has proper expertise

Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, has the right stuff.Knowledge, honesty, strong ethical morals, integrity and a proven good reputation is what McGinnis is made of. When you add to that a strong Christian faith, you have a man of excellent character.He stands firm in his beliefs. He works for us ...

Harrisburg’s ‘smartest man’

We are in serious danger in the state of going over the financial cliff, mainly because of insufficient funding of our state and municipal pensions.We are, however, fortunate that the leading voice for funding and pension reform is right here in the 79th District in state Rep. John McGinnis. ...

Halvorson right choice

As a retired Marine sergeant, property owner and registered beekeeper in Bedford County, I support Art Halvorson for Congress because we need a generous hard-working veteran in Congress.Halvorson is a kind man who cares about his neighbors and country. He allows his neighbors to use his land ...

Starr would serve electorate

I have known Pete Starr for more than 20 years, and the word that comes to my mind when I think of him is integrity.This is a man who has always put his country and community first. From his service in the U.S. Navy Seabees, on the Altoona Police Department, to his leadership in the VFW, he ...

Starr is man of integrity

As a resident of the 79th District, I would like to express some personal thoughts about Pete Starr.I've known Starr from his first ever trip to Altoona 50 years ago when he was serving in the U.S. Navy. It was a blind date with his future wife. When they married and chose to live and raise ...

Halvorson would nix Obamacare

Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, advertises that he has voted 60 times to repeal Obamacare.But these bills have failed to become law, and Obamacare is still with us. On the other hand, Shuster has voted six times in the last five years in favor of spending bills and continuing resolutions ...

Voters should be sure Starr is on the rise

What a shame that our legislators do not have the interest of the people they represent.Our Pa. legislators have not passed a budget for nearly a year.Our schools, social institutions and services are in great danger of providing needed help today. My dad, a building contractor, taught me if ...

Sanders will put end to corporate welfare

I'm supporting Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders.America's greatest accomplishments for we, the people, have been achieved through socialistic endeavors: Medicare, Medicaid, public schools, highways, bridges, police/fire services, Social Security, national parks, public utilities, ...

McGinnis has backed his talk with action

I have known John McGinnis for a number of years, well before he considered running for public office.McGinnis is a logical, ethical person with principles which he will not compromise for personal gain. I remember the night McGinnis decided to run for the House of Representatives.His reason ...

Halvorson perfect pick for 9th District

Too often we sit at home on Election Day and let this great privilege pass us by.We hear people lament about wanting honest lawmakers who will have the best interests of our 9th District and our great country at heart.We now have this person to represent us, Art Halvorson.Halvorson is an ...

79th District blessed to have McGinnis

We the people of the 79th District are truly blessed.Why are we so blessed, you might ask. We are blessed because we have in office a man who is a strong constitutional conservative who believes in our God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.This man is a financial expert ...

Trust McGinnis with your vote

I am often reminded of the wisdom given to me by my parents and grandparents.For example: "If it isn't broke, don't fix it."This gem of wisdom comes to my mind when I think of Rep. John McGinnis.His ongoing efforts and votes on behalf of the right to life, Second Amendment and fiscal restraint ...

Sadly, America ‘has lost our way’

People came to America for freedom of religion. But today we have lost our way.Killings, shootings, stealing, cheating on each other, etc. Now we have a woman running for president who supports abortions, killing babies and who will help Planned Parenthood crush babies' heads to harvest ...

Concert ‘couldn’t have been more enjoyable’

I attended the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. Sea Chanters Chorus 2016 Tour on Sunday at the Altoona Area High School auditorium.Thank you to Kenneth C. Collins, Captain, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer/Lead for his direction of this superior chorus. It was great to see Matt Neff with ...

Pro-life movement needs McGinnis

As co-chair of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Pro-Life Caucus, I have been very pleased that the voters of the 79th District have twice elected John McGinnis to serve in our state government.McGinnis is one of those true-blue conservatives who understand that all good things in our ...

Halvorson not afraid to take a stand

In March 2016, I had the opportunity to talk with Art Halvorson and found him to be a man of principle and unafraid to take a stand on issues important to me.I like that he has promised to lead the efforts to defend the constitution, secure the border and enforce existing laws, balance the ...

Educate yourself for when you call 9-1-1

The month of April has been designated as National 9-1-1 Education Month, with the week of April 10-16 dedicated as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.Our job is to take control in an emergency using the latest in technology and it is constantly evolving. Next Gen 911 is coming with ...

Hard work, integrity traits of Starr

When it comes to choosing a person to represent us in the General Assembly, I will cast my vote for Pete Starr.I have known Starr for more than 30 years. My first encounter with him was when he was a uniformed patrol officer for the Altoona Police Department. Through integrity and hard work, ...