Cumberland Times-News

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February 21, 2013

We shouldn’t wait to show our appreciation for people like Peck

Thank you, Times-News, for publishing the articles about William Peck, “57 years ago, city man made history” (Feb. 17, Page 1A) and “City man’s ‘interesting’ undercover police work” (Feb. 18, Page 1A). It may take too long for us to express our appreciation for our relationship with other people.

On the first Wednesday of every month, the Fort Hill High School class of 1956 meets for lunch at noon at Oscar’s restaurant. The Times-News advertises this celebration.

But still, as we reminisce, we wonder why some of our classmates do not attend. One girl told one of our attendees that she did not like the way that she was treated in high school. We were flabbergasted. We thought that she was one of the most popular girls in our class.

One of our classmates was gay. We did not know until a few days before he passed away how much he felt hurt while he was in high school. It takes some of us time to mature.

One of our classmates was involved in drama club. He became an inventor. He invented the precursor to the sonogram. He has received nearly 70 patents with more than 300 corresponding patents worldwide. He won the Lemelson-MIT Prize as “Inventor of the Year.”

Another of our classmates was the class vice president, wrote for the school newspaper, and was active in sports. He eventually became a Judge on the Maryland State Court of Appeals.

And Bill Peck received recognition from the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.

I was the president of the Student Council at Fort Hill in 1956. I think that I speak for the “silent majority” when I say that we are proud that we were the first class to include African American students in our graduation class of Fort Hill High School.

Harry King

Cumberland

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    April 16, 2014

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    April 16, 2014

  • Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking

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    April 16, 2014

  • Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for

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    April 16, 2014

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    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

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  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
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  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

  • Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.

    Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is  especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
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    April 13, 2014

  • 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

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