Each week the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions. 

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Each year during July, the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization honors America’s Revolutionary War veterans and works to promote and preserve our great nation’s rich and sacred history. Since 1983 we have erected many monuments to these great founders of the United States.

People of a certain age will likely remember the 1970s TV ad jingle touting “baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet.” We would add fireworks to that short list of American favorites.

Anyone who walks or drives around Cumberland sees plenty of American flags displayed on homes, in addition to the Stars and Stripes found at post offices and other public buildings and even in rows atop poles along city streets. It’s not uncommon to see them rippling on passing motorcycles a…

Although there is some debate about the intent behind a dummy hanging from a tree in a local front yard, the display is clearly in poor taste and reflects very badly on our community at a time when so many are working to improve the racial climate.

Each week the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Wearing a mask has been politicized. That’s a shame, because COVID-19 doesn’t care if you lean left or right, or keep firmly to the center.

Though most mines have closed and consumption is a fraction of what it was in the past, Western Maryland is still considered coal country. The mascot for Mountain Ridge High School is a miner for a reason.

Not many people would disagree that 2020 is proving to be one for the history books: The shock of a worldwide pandemic and great social unrest stemming from the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25 that was captured on a cell…

Infectious disease specialists and other health care professionals agree that testing people to determine if they have COVID-19 is crucial to stopping the spread of the dreaded illness. Folks who know they’re infected can stay home and keep it to themselves.

The following editorial appeared in the Wall Street Journal on June 11. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Times-News:

Goldy and I go back. Way back. My mom began writing her column in the Cumberland Times-News back in about 1979 — and Goldy was already there. He was her editor for decades, though he admitted to me that they only ever actually met once. Theirs was a friendship of emails and phone calls, but …

The following editorial from The Register-Herald of Beckley, West Virginia, appears here in abbreviated form.

Each week the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

Father’s Day — which is Sunday — is the perfect time to show appreciation for male parents and all they do for their families. It’s a day for dads.

Today is a holiday across the United States that many people whose ancestors weren’t enslaved may not know about, much less celebrate.

Sometimes, we as journalists adopt terms that could fall into the category of bureaucratese, defined as “a style of language held to be characteristic of bureaucrats and marked by abstractions, jargon, euphemisms and circumlocutions.”

Last week’s announcement that medical cannabis company Grow West had purchased 11 acres at the Riverside Industrial Park on Kelly Road is another boost for Allegany County’s economic future.

The following editorial on removing Confederate statues, provided through The Associated Press, appears in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Each week the Times-News editorial page features this Hits and Misses column. It is a look at the positive and negative news or events over the past week. Readers are invited to send their suggestions.

The following editorial appears in The Register-Herald of Beckley, W.Va. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Times-News.

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LAVALE - William Orion Walker, 87, of LaVale, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020. The Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com), is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.