Opinion

Prijatelj shouldn’t minimize increase

Letters to the Editor

Altoona Area School District Charles Prijatelj needs to stop minimizing what this tax burden means. It is no wonder Prijatelj continues to stress that an increase in taxes every year over the next 10 years is no big deal. His $170,340 salary is a lot more than the median income of most of ...

Jones has prepared for MDJ position

Letters to the Editor

I have known Ben Jones for more than 20 years. I personally witnessed Jones’ dedication as an Altoona police officer. Jones is a member of the Blair County Drug Task Force, arresting numerous drug dealers. He has experienced every aspect of police work, including uniformed patrol, ...

Portage policy is good step

Editorials

In every venue in which a formal policy exists, that policy should be enforced in a uniform way. There should be no grounds for anyone to allege special treatment or conflict of interest. That’s the laudable goal behind the Portage Area School Board’s revision of the district’s ...

PA needs coal fleet for reliable future

Letters to the Editor

I support coal. Period. While the United Sates electricity grid has historically relied upon a diverse mix of electricity sources such as natural gas, nuclear and renewables — coal is a constant. Coal-fired power plants are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And these plants have ...

Irwin will help promote, protect properties

Letters to the Editor

I have been involved in the business of residential and commercial real estate in the city of Altoona for many years, and during that time, I have known Meghan Farrell Irwin and support her campaign for election as magisterial district judge. Magisterial District Number 24-1-02 is comprised ...

Commissioners send mixed messages

Letters to the Editor

The way Blair County commissioner Terry Tomasetti and his cohorts are blowing all the money on the courthouse makes one wonder why he was so eager to sell Valley View Home and surrounding ground. This was an icon to Blair County and never should have been sold. This was the oldest home for ...

Irwin most qualified for district judge

Letters to the Editor

As a former Blair County commissioner, I urge all eligible voters to support and vote for Meghan F. Irwin to succeed Todd Kelly as magisterial district judge. I have known Irwin for many years and find her to be conscientious, caring and an advocate for the law. She is a graduate of Notre ...

Irwin ‘warrants voter confidence’

Letters to the Editor

“To be or not to be” sent to trial. That is the basic question a magisterial justice is asked to determine. Making that choice is of critical consequence — to the plaintiff, the defendant and ultimately, the community. Judgment nuances are not always clearly defined, simple or ...

Prijatelj’s math adds up to politics

Letters to the Editor

First let me state that I do not live in the Altoona Area School District, but I read with interest the comments of AASD Superintendent Charles Prijatelj where he stressed that the tax increase will only be $70 per year for the average taxpayer. It is obvious that Prijatelj is destined for a ...

Jones has attributes to be district judge

Letters to the Editor

Integrity, fairness, dedication and common sense are qualities of an effective magisterial district judge. Ben Jones has these attributes. Jones has ascended in the ranks of the Altoona Police Department and demonstrated his leadership abilities by attaining the rank of lieutenant and ...

As 2018 looms, Pennsylvania in fiscal trouble

Editorials

When word filtered out of Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in late August that Pennsylvania’s chief executive might be proposing what was described as a “bare bones” budget for 2018-19, the news didn’t provoke much surprise. That’s what happens during an election year when governors and ...

Changing CIA culture a positive

Editorials

It has been clear for some time that U.S. intelligence agencies need an overhaul. Too much reliance has been placed on technology, with old-fashioned human spying taking a backseat. Last week, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that is about to change. More intelligence agents will be sent out ...

‘Using the whole buffalo — priceless’

Letters to the Editor

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, some water head pulls out a soap box and spews a drunken, myopic twaddling for the woebegone. With the abysmal public view of our electeds, Rep. John McGinnis among them, I’m scratching my head wondering why anyone who shines such a peevish ...

Newburg situation troubling

Editorials

How and when the dispute encompassing Logan Township’s Newburg Volunteer Fire Department will be resolved are questions that for now are limited to conjecture. If the department hasn’t already initiated a formal, methodical process for identifying all of the causes of the seemingly ...

US needs lesson from Australia

Letters to the Editor

In 1971, I entered the United States Army. My destiny was sealed by an anonymous clerk in an anonymous office in an anonymous place: I was to be an Infantry­man. Over the next six months, I underwent training in the art of efficiently killing human beings. I learned that one could ...

AHS 60th reunion ‘monumental’

Letters to the Editor

The 60th reunion of Altoona High School’s Class of 1957 had many highlights. It took place Sept. 22-23 at the Casino at Lakemont. Friday night started off with a musical recording, “Class of 1957” by the Statler Brothers, the class song “Dear A.H.S.,” written by Neil Port and the ...

Players in protest just don’t get it

Letters to the Editor

Don’t you feel sorry for the beleagured NFL players? They are so put upon. Poor babies. They play a 60-minute game once a week and get paid millions of dollars to do so. When they kneel during the playing of the national anthem, I wonder what they are thinking. They should be thinking of ...

Jones ‘perfect fit’ for district judge

Letters to the Editor

Ben Jones is the perfect fit for the next district judge. Holding a certification under the Pa. Constitution for magisterial district judge, Jones has the background and absolute experience to serve our community the way it needs to be served — the right way. Jones has repeatedly shown ...

Kagarise has shown leadership qualities

Letters to the Editor

This November, voters will have the opportunity to elect seven new statewide judges. The Republicans have a strong slate of judicial candidates up this year, including Blair County’s own Court of Common Pleas Judge, Wade Kagarise. It has been more than 88 years since Blair County has ...