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Opinion

Don’t equate violence with mental illness

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Cleanup efforts important

Editorials

Cleanup efforts, whether like the one held in Altoona on Sept. 21 or the spring cleanups held annually in Blair County and throughout the region, usually result in news coverage focusing on the volunteers who devote their time to improving the appearance of the landscape. As part of that ...

Second Amendment is not negotiable

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

PA ‘restore’ effort needs bipartisanship

Editorials

In June, as Pennsylvania lawmakers were working to put the finishing touches on the current 2019-20 state budget, legislative Republican leaders indicated that consideration of Gov. Tom Wolf’s “Restore Pennsylvania” proposal would be put on hold until the fall, at the earliest. Judging ...

Planned Parenthood must be defunded

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Dear PSU Altoona: Congrats

Editorials

Penn State Altoona says its mission is “to cultivate a vibrant learning environment through excellence in teaching, research, creative activities, outreach and the advancement of personal, social and intellectual growth.” The campus further states that it seeks “to empower a diverse ...

Hate, not mental illness, fueling mass killings

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Ickes is right fit for city council

Letters to the Editor

Jesse Ickes will make a fine member of Altoona City Council. I’ve known Ickes for years, and I know his commitment to our community and his willingness to be hands-on when it comes to working for our community. Ickes is a unifier and strives to bring people together — something that ...