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Opinion

State must address its obesity epidemic

Letters to the Editor

Turn on your TV, and you can’t miss an ad for the latest fitness equipment or diet fad. You would think we were a healthy, fit nation, but the tale of the tape tells a different story. Nearly one-third of all Pennsylvanians qualify as obese, up 50 percent since 2000. This is costing ...

Honoring our veterans and military honorably

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 9, Blair County author and educator Jared Frederick gave a review of his book, “Dispatches of D-Day — A People’s History of the Normandy Invasion.” During the presentation, I experienced a flashback of my own reaction to visiting the site of the invasion with remnants of barbed ...

CWD story included some inaccuracies

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to the Nov. 3 article, “Spread of CWD remains unclear,” written by Russ O’Reilly. While those of us working to slow the spread of CWD across the country appreciate coverage on this important topic, the headline and subsequent article was misleading and in some ...

Massacre in Mexico cries for assistance

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

New Altoona board must become unified

Letters to the Editor

As a result of the most recent election, three candidates who were seeking re-election will be leaving the Altoona Area School Board, and two new members will be added. Over the past few years, the elephant in the board room has been the new building project. Discussions of such resulted ...

Alzheimer’s taxing on caregivers, too

Letters to the Editor

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating — not only for the more than 5 million Americans living with the disease, but also for the more than 16 million family and friends serving as caregivers. The caregiving needs for someone living with Alzheimer’s are extensive and increase over time — ...

Vets’ recognition could be computerized

Letters to the Editor

I returned home from Vietnam on Feb. 5 and was in a train station in Trenton, N.J. A group of anti-war protesters with signs and chanting slogans walked through. There I sat in my Army uniform and a nice tan. My back was turned to them so I don’t think they noticed me. I felt like I ...

Why impeach Trump? He’s doing a fine job

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that every time you hear the news, the Democrats want to impeach President Donald Trump? The president has done more good in three years than the previous presidents did the whole time they were in office. Look at unemployment, the lowest in 50 years, wages are up and stocks are ...

Veterans deserve this day

Editorials

On this Veterans Day, the perception that the world never will be able to live in total peace and harmony remains ingrained. Among Americans, there’s virtually universal acceptance of the theory that, as long as the United States exists, there will be tyrants and other foreign entities that ...

We can’t do enough to honor our veterans

Letters to the Editor

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Armistice ending World War I was signed. In 1938, legislation was passed declaring Nov. 11 as Armistice Day; this new legal holiday was set aside to honor those Americans who fought in World War I. By 1954 (after American ...

Protecting emergency care system

Opinion

The Pennsylvania General Assembly is considering how to address the issue of balance billing. Emergency physicians applaud them for doing so as no Pennsylvanian should worry about insurance at a time of crisis. However, the most recent attempt to address balance billing, HB 1862, would ...

Pennsylvania lags behind in highway safety

Editorials

Not until early 2020 will motorists who violate Pennsylvania work zone speed limits experience lighter wallets and pocketbooks under provisions of Act 86 of 2018, which authorizes speed cameras in highway construction and repair areas. Unfortunately, it is taking the commonwealth too long to ...

Local concert provided ‘soothing’ performance

Letters to the Editor

I attended The Sunderland Memorial Concert Series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Juniata last month. Sunderland died March 9, 2003 at age 104 and had an outstanding profession as a musician and a pathologist in Altoona. He established this concert series to share with his community. Thank you. ...

Challenges await new electees

Editorials

Now that Tuesday’s general election votes have been counted and congratulations have been extended, successful governmental candidates — especially those elected to offices for the first time — need to begin gearing up quickly for the formidable tasks they will be facing when they take ...

Trump can’t pass off blame to Democrats

Letters to the Editor

I read with great interest Rep. John Joyce’s letter in which he claims that Democrats are doing nothing, and President Donald Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises. I would like to know what promises Trump has kept. Was it the one in which he promised to release his tax returns? No, he ...

Pittsburgh is proof cleanup efforts work

Letters to the Editor

There is scarcely a day when you can’t read or hear one or more stories on climate change. They are in many magazines, newspapers, on TV and radio so it is impossible to miss them. Having read many of these articles, I find that most talk about climate change infers that the climate is ...

Four tips to help manage flu season

Opinion

You know the signs. The thunderous cough. The pounding headache. The full-body fatigue. It’s the flu. Last fall and winter, influenza sickened roughly 40 million Americans and killed 60,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s flu season is nearly upon ...

Municipal elections vital, too

Editorials

Don’t be fooled into believing that today’s election is less important than those devoted to state and federal offices. It cannot be emphasized too much that municipal elections like today’s definitely are as important, because they involve offices that are closest to the people. Just ...

Making sure veterans’ photos are preserved

Letters to the Editor

This in response to the Oct. 21 article (“VanZandt goes digital to preserve history.”) Most of these pictures of veterans have been hanging on walls for half a century or more at their families’ homes. They have endured sunlight from windows, house light, tobacco smoke, dust and ...

NCAA requires clear plan

Editorials

Especially at major powers in the collegiate sports world, purely amateur athletics has been a myth for many years. Under-the-table gifts by well-to-do boosters have ensured that. Now, however, even the pretense may be about to end. Last week, the NCAA Board of Governors voted to allow ...