Cumberland Times-News


December 23, 2013

Big deal

Who cares what Santa Claus looks like?

Those of us who feel argumentative have no shortage of things to argue about — and there certainly is no lack of folks who are willing to take the opposing side and argue about them.

Obamacare, the Tea Party, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and his beliefs about gays — pick one and have at it.

There are so many things with substance to argue about that we really begin to wonder about people who want to debate about things like the color of Santa Claus’ skin.

Some folks say every depiction of Santa Claus they’ve seen is white, so he has to be white. Not so much.

We’ve seen African-American Santa Clauses, not just in photos, but in person.

And who says Santa Claus has to be a man ... or that there can be only one Santa? On the front page of our Dec. 22 edition, we carried a photo of former Army Sgt. Vickie Doolan-Fearon, who was badly injured while deployed in Iraq but refused to be evacuated for treatment because “I had a lot of soldiers I was responsible for.”

Germaine Broussard and Robert Fratkin recently paid her a pre-Christmas Eve visit, bringing her a $3,500 electric wheelchair on behalf of the nonprofit group Troop Treats. She also received a Battle Buddy stuffed bear.

This is the stuff that Santa Claus is made of.

And then there’s the Hispanic version of Santa, who was described in a recent Associated Press story as having black hair and a black beard, sometimes a mustache.

He’s called Pancho Claus, and you won’t find him in a reindeer-drawn sleigh, but on a “low-rider” automobile, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle or being led by a pack of burros.

Pancho brings gifts to low-income and at-risk children in many Texas cities, where AP says, he “is an adored Christmas fixture.”

Santa Claus is whomever you want him ... or her ... to be.

Text Only
  • Happy Easter

    For the world’s more than 2 billion Christians, Easter is the day that defines their faith.
    The exact date of Christ’s resurrection is unknown, and even the precise locations of his crucifixion and burial are uncertain. This hasn’t stopped some people from saying they know the answer to these questions and others from trying to find out for themselves, or simply arguing about it.

    April 20, 2014

  • We concur We concur

    We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
    When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library week

    Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
    movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sunday hunting Sunday hunting

    Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • One cannot compromise on God’s word

    A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”

    April 13, 2014

  • Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout

    To the Editor:
    Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.

    April 13, 2014

  • Editorial Cartoon Editorial Cartoon

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel

    Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.

    April 11, 2014