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Opinion

Altoona City Council has two great choices

Letters to the Editor

Our beloved city of Altoona has gone through a lot of changes in the past several decades. Some of those changes have been good, and some have been bad. But I believe the best days for our area are yet to come. For that to happen, solid fiscal and ethical leadership with vision is needed ...

Initiative would aid students

Editorials

Young people grow up, finish their schooling and leave the area in search of jobs. Meanwhile, employers could grow their businesses if only they could find skilled workers. So how can our society get the two together? State Rep. Clint Owlett, R-Wellsboro, is the prime sponsor of a bill ...

Kelley has shown strong leadership

Letters to the Editor

I have become friends with Bruce Kelley through our shared community service and values. As his friend, I am proud of Kelley’s service on Altoona City Council. He is a strong advocate for keeping taxes low for Altoona’s taxpayers. Kelley has an amazing track record of community ...

Biden administration leading us wrong way

Letters to the Editor

As a patriotic American who believes the USA is the greatest country in the world, it saddens me to see in less than three months what Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and the far-left, radical socialist Democrats are doing to our country. The Biden administration has already cost hundreds of ...

Addressing discourse in Dean

Editorials

Residents of Dean Township in northeastern Cambria County have had three weeks to digest the friction-filled goings-on at their municipal government’s monthly meeting on April 5. Even now they should be unhappy about what occurred, regardless of their position about the controversial ...

Grieving mom praises Hollidaysburg police

Letters to the Editor

While police officers across the nation have been given a bad rap and are the topic of much debate, I feel the need to give praise to my local police department. Five months ago, the unimaginable happened. My son, Tyler Slippy, was brutally attacked and murdered in his home while sleeping. ...

Expressing concerns over COVID vaccine

Letters to the Editor

In response to the front-page article, “State sounds alarm on hesitancy over vaccinations,” on April 17-18, I have some concerns. The reluctance to get the “jab” may stem from some people learning the truth behind the rushed, untested, so-called COVID-19 vaccine. I have done my ...

Biden takes gun violence seriously; state should, too

Opinion

After four long years, and at a time Philadelphia needs it most, there is an occupant in the White House who understands the value of gun control. The White House has announced initial actions the administration is taking to address gun violence. Unable to impose gun control requirements ...

Patton has made mark as prothonotary

Letters to the Editor

The Real Estate Paralegals and Abstractors of Blair County are a small, close-knit group that collectively keeps progress in motion for the lending and purchasing public through our daily research and examination of public records. We, as individuals and as a group, give credit to Robin ...

Figart would serve city council well

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Terry Figart for Altoona City Council. I believe that Figart would be a valued asset to city council because of his desire to serve his community and assist people. For the past six years, Figart has advocated for abused and neglected children under the care of ...

Dell good choice for Martinsburg Borough

Letters to the Editor

James C. Dell is seeking election to the Martinsburg Borough Council. He grew up in the Martinsburg area and attended schools in Huston Township and Spring Cove School District. After graduating from Central High School, he went to attend Penn State and graduated with a degree in dairy ...

Frontino has been asset to Logan Twp.

Letters to the Editor

Logan Township residents have an opportunity to re-elect Ed Frontino as Logan Township Supervisor. I want to encourage every resident to do so. With every vote that comes before the supervisors, Frontino has voted with integrity and maintained the promise to protect the business community ...

Wolf wrong to go it alone on reforms

Editorials

Gov. Tom Wolf, apparently unsatisfied with controlling merely everything in Pennsylvania related to the COVID-19 pandemic, has decided he now needs to decree what is best regarding the state’s charter schools, despite the fact that up until recently, it appeared he and the state Legislature ...

Antibody treatment proves effective

Opinion

Rising rates of vaccinations against COVID-19 across Pennsylvania and the country are certainly cause for celebrating — and bring much-needed hope for the return of the kind of summer activities and gatherings that we’ve all longed for. But as our own data show, some vaccinated people ...

Mignogna right choice for board

Letters to the Editor

Val Mignogna is exactly the kind of person needed on the Altoona Area School Board; he is practical, has common sense and possesses critical thinking skills. Val had many opportunities to leave this area throughout his successful health care career, but chose to stay in Altoona because of ...

Return Butterbaugh to City Council

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of David Butterbaugh for re-election to the Altoona City Council. I served with Dave for ten years on City Council and found him to be genuinely concerned with our city and its residents. He has a fine record of fighting blight and supporting the development of our ...

After verdict, US still has work to do

Opinion

Now a nation that was holding its breath for justice can exhale. In one of the most significant racial justice cases in U.S. history, a white Minneapolis police officer has been convicted of murdering an unarmed, handcuffed Black man. A diverse 12-member jury of Minnesotans found former ...

Getting vaccinated civic duty

Editorials

Hope was delivered to all Pennsylvanians who are 16 or older with word that all are eligible as of this past Tuesday to get the COVID-19 vaccine. We should all embrace this opportunity. A successful vaccination program is essential to our recovery and the renewal of our full and vibrant lives ...

Supplements won’t stop infection from COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many people questioning whether taking a variety of vitamins, including vitamins C, D, zinc, potassium and many others can keep them from getting sick. No studies are showing that taking these vitamins has any impact on preventing someone from getting COVID-19, ...

Important opportunity faces city

Editorials

Altoona Mayor Matt Pacifico was right in calling the recently passed American Rescue Plan a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” It is imperative that the city make the best use possible of the estimated $41 million that Altoona will be receiving, to be spent by 2024. Half of the money will ...