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Opinion

Kreuz makes sense for Altoona board

Letters to the Editor

Three reasons to vote for Eddie Kreuz for Altoona School Board. 1. He absolutely does not believe in open checkbook and runaway spending. He is a believer in free democracy. 2. He is the father of two daughters who now attend and graduated from the Altoona Area School District. 3. He is a ...

Blattenberger provides ‘super’ representation

Letters to the Editor

In 2011, my late wife and I found ourselves in need of a lawyer for the first time. After receiving recommendations from others in the community, we retained Andy Blattenberger to represent us. When we first met him, it immediately struck us that while he possesses the credentials, ...

Jones would be ‘true, loyal judge’

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of Dreams Go On Inc., we would like to show our support to Ben Jones in his campaign for district judge. We are blessed to have Jones as a dedicated board of directors member and avid volunteer in our therapeutic horseback riding program. He is always available to lend a hand ...

Bernard would be ‘great asset’ to county

Letters to the Editor

On May 16, Blair County will select a new judge for the Court of Common Pleas. We feel that Jackie Bernard would be the best choice for this position. We first met Bernard eight years ago during the murder trial of our son, Scott. Bernard was one of the prosecuting attorneys handling ...

Garner has kept sheriff’s office on track

Letters to the Editor

Despite all the controversy at the Blair County sheriff’s office, there has been one person who has been supervising a staff of 30 since Mitch Cooper resigned in January. She is Chief Deputy Holly Garner, the Democratic write-in candidate for sheriff. Garner has worked in the sheriff’s ...

Repairs correcting ‘legacy of neglect’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is sent in response to the letter of Ronald Norris regarding the ongoing repair work at the Blair County Courthouse. First, no enhancement work has been done, nor is any planned for the judges’ offices, and no funds have been spent on any such work. Second, all work to date ...

Christianity’s foundation was born on this day

Editorials

The foundation of the Christian faith is Jesus’ resurrection, which today’s Easter observance celebrates. This year the Easter celebration is amid the Jewish observance of Passover, which celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people by God from slavery in Egypt. The Passover ...

Home always has a place for your heart

Opinion

They say you can never go home, that things have changed, and it’s never the same. Maybe there is some truth to that, but I think home will always be home no matter where your life resides. When I think of home, I think of Altoona and the mountains. I think of the Horseshoe Curve and ...

Trump plan could help our region

Editorials

President Donald Trump says shovel-ready projects will be the priority in the estimated $1 trillion infrastructure-improvement initiative over the next decade that he hopes to unveil later this year. “If you have a job that you can’t start within 90 days, we’re not going to give you ...

JFK-Reagan approach would fix economy

Editorials

“Drain the swamp.” It was one of President Donald Trump’s most powerful messages on the way to victory. Shake up Washington, D.C. Break a few eggs to create a new omelet. Overturn the establishment. Hats off to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for doing some swamp draining when he ...

Car industry too mired in present

Editorials

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, America had almost no paved roads outside the cities. One of the early owners’ biggest headaches was tires punctured by horseshoe nails left on the road. “Forget about this car thing,” Ford’s detractors might have said. “We don’t ...

‘Faith Climate Week’ time for consideration

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing on behalf of The Greater Altoona Baha’i Community. As members of Altoona’s community of faith, we are calling attention to “Faith Climate Action Week,” observed this year April 17-23. This is an initiative of “Interfaith Power and Light,” a time when people of all ...

‘Entire political system has become corrupt’

Letters to the Editor

Regarding President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court and Mitch McConnell’s threat to go nuclear, where and when did Republicans and/or Democrats get the power and authority to change the rules when things didn’t go their way? It sure didn’t come from the voters. It must have ...

Good day to honor ‘life of awe’

Editorials

One of the Webster’s Dictionary definitions for the word “atonement” is “the reconciliation of God and humankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.” In reflecting on the events of the first Good Friday about 2,000 years ago, today’s Christians are more inclined to say ...

Fossil fuels will remain primary energy source

Letters to the Editor

It is a historical fact that the climate has changed over many centuries and most certainly will continue to change. Have fossil fuel emissions been a significant factor in climate changes in the past century? It has been documented that C02 and other gases emitted in the burning fossil ...

Dick knowledgeable of prothonotary’s office

Letters to the Editor

I am pleased to endorse for Cindy Dick to serve as prothonotary for Blair County. I can attest to her commitment to serving the public to the best of her ability. With her current and past career positions, Dick is very knowledgeable of every aspect of the operation of the office and its ...

DJ candidate Elensky ‘more than capable’

Letters to the Editor

Derek Elensky is running for magisterial district judge in District 24-3-04, which covers Claysburg, East Freedom, Roaring Spring and Martinsburg. Elensky has been a board member for the Blair/ Clearfield Association for the Blind since June 2012. When he commits himself to something, ...

Jones capable of filling district justice’s shoes

Letters to the Editor

Todd Kelly and Jeff Aurea have been stalwarts in the Altoona District Justice offices for many years. As they prepare to step down, I believe Altoona Police Lieutenant Ben Jones stands ready to capably fill District Justice Kelly’s shoes. Through hard work and perseverance, Jones has ...

Irwin Adams’ character, work ethic admired

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to publically endorse Kelly Irwin Adams for the AASD School Board. As my daughter’s lifelong friend and neighbor, I admire Adams for her character, dedication and work ethic. Adams was born and raised in Altoona and graduated salutatorian from AAHS in 1995. Upon ...

Gorsuch selection good call

Editorials

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means ...