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Opinion

To fight blight, city needs cooperation

Letters to the Editor

It’s not news to say that blight exists in Altoona. The first question to ask is not “What do we do about blight?” but rather, “Why does blight exist?” I believe that there two possibilities for the existence of blight. First, people are unable to do anything about it. ...

Personal crystal ball: Long winter looming

Letters to the Editor

My father, Maurice McNulty, who died in 1975, always thought that the severity of any winter was in contrast to the severity of the previous summer — that if there was a cold, hard winter, the summer before was beautiful, and that if there was an easy winter, the summer before was ...

Tourism impact is critical

Editorials

The potential impact of a $1 million state grant targeted for a long-abandoned section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford and Fulton counties extends far beyond that former part of “America’s First Superhighway.” The grant will impact in a positive way, as well, these other ...

Hatred taking country in the wrong direction

Letters to the Editor

Sunday, Aug. 4, at 6:50 a.m., I awoke and turned on the news to find a third mass shooting (California, Texas, Ohio) in the past week had occurred in the early morning hours while I slept. With tears in my eyes, I felt sadness, anger, sympathy, empathy, and horror all at the same time. Have ...

Persist for protection in Pennsylvania

Letters to the Editor

This past weekend, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with 2,000 amazing individuals to discuss how we can prevent gun violence in our communities. While learning and pursuing ways to make our great country safe, we were deeply saddened to learn about not one, but two traumatic ...

To heal, nation needs more than rhetoric

Editorials

Soundbites won’t stop the horrific mass shootings that are plaguing America and killing or altering the lives of dozens of Americans. Yet that is all politicians seem willing to offer: Ban assault weapons, add more security, limit the capacity of ammunition magazines, reduce violence in ...

Fire company should show more sensitivity

Letters to the Editor

With all the social media today, I feel that a lot of people have lost compassion. Geeseytown Community Fire Company posted pictures on Facebook of a horrific motorcycle accident that resulted in the loss of a life earlier this week. As well intended as it may have been to update the ...

Debates send signal: America must wake up

Letters to the Editor

Watching the debates was almost comical. Moderators should come from everyday working people trying to make ends meet and small business owners. Now that the Green New Deal is a possibility, I would like to know how we are going to load and unload our various products imported and exported. ...

Attacks on Trump expose left’s agenda

Letters to the Editor

Forty-eight hours after the El Paso/Dayton tragedies, I listened, read and watched various news media. In a time when we should come together as a country, I, again, saw and heard the Trump- hating news media, some 24/7, point to our president and did everything but put the guns in his ...

America’s messages falling on deaf ears

Letters to the Editor

In the wake of multiple shootings and deaths, we look for deeper meaning. We ask, some implore God to answer the question. There is a deeper meaning, but there is also an obvious message being presented to us. And I think the message has two or three parts with the first most obvious ...

Complying with city important

Editorials

Wise Guys Pizza might have to take a “slice” out of the way it tries to attract customers to its 11th Avenue entrance. The city’s Zoning Hearing Board will make a determination when it considers a Wise Guys application for a variance on Aug. 14. But for now, during this summer that has ...

Communities must put aside negativity

Letters to the Editor

As a regular reader of this page, the reader comments and many other local, state and national media, I see frequent references to “our values.” Sadly, a concept that should be a unifying force is being weaponized to attack members of our community, and on a larger scale, our country, ...

Trump should practice what he’s preaching

Letters to the Editor

According to President Donald Trump’s rationalization, if your name is not Kicking Bird or Little Feather, we all should be sent back. Then Trump would have to leave the German of his immigrant grandparents in one heck of a hurry, or perhaps the Gaelic of his Scottish immigrant ...

We need to let Trump clean up America’s mess

Letters to the Editor

It’s time all hard-working men and women across this country ask themselves “what’s happening to our country?” The USA is in trouble. The greatest country in the world is trying to be taken over by a faction within our own country. The “swamp in Washington” has taken over the ...

Brain, neurocognitive issues need equal care

Letters to the Editor

Today I received a newsletter from state Rep. Frank Burns that included information about a lawsuit filed against a pharmaceutical company for its role in the opioid crisis and his proposal for a law requiring people who overdose to get addiction treatment. The newsletter, like most reports ...

Latest mass shooting hits home

Editorials

Residents of this part of Pennsylvania have been watching and grieving, along with other people across the nation, as mass shootings have grown both in frequency and in the toll of death, injury, profound sadness and psychological wounds they have inflicted. However, unlike the tragedies that ...

Parents need to impart faith to their children

Letters to the Editor

As the time nears for the children to return to school, many parents wish that Bible reading and prayer would be reinstated in the schools. I wish that, too, but only as a way to reinforce what they have already received at home. Giving our children a faith to live by is the most important ...

Oil, gas industry lacking protection

Letters to the Editor

Last week, “bare minimum” protections to public health and the environment from the impacts of shale gas development in Pennsylvania got another shearing thanks to a lawsuit by Marcellus Shale Coalition, a nonprofit of oil and gas companies purporting to be “good neighbors.” In 2018, ...

PA must slow down process for parolees

Letters to the Editor

The Pennsylvania General Assembly must hold hearings to determine the effectiveness of Pennsylvania’s parole system after an Associated Press report recently found six homicides allegedly committed by five Pennsylvania parolees in two months. The report also found 93 murders were committed ...