The Letter of the Week from Robert B. Kauffman, “Expand Canal Place’s mission,” was selected by the Times-News editorial board as the best letter of those that appeared during the week of A. It was published Aug. 9.

The old saying, “This is a helluva way to run a railroad,” could apply to what not long ago was one of Allegany County’s greatest assets, but now may be one of its greatest liabilities.

I recently passed a milestone in my personal history; I celebrated 70 years of living on this planet (my 685 years of living on some of the other planets don’t count, especially the years on Pluto, now disgraced and relegated to Disneyland for all eternity!).

Some motorists are irritated at the thought of having to share the road with bicycles because they travel at a much slower rate and can get in the way.

The Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization has many projects and programs that we perform every year. Our largest program is our designated and protected gravesite program. Over the years we are asked what this program is?

The revelation that a staggering number of opioid doses came into Allegany County between 2006 and 2012 was shocking, but not surprising. (See: “Opioid epidemic ... ,” Aug. 13 Times-News, Page 1A.)

Many thanks to the kind woman who picked up two elderly C&O Canal Towpath walkers who overextended themselves and found no Uber, Lyft or taxi to take them back to town, so timidly stuck out their thumbs to hitchhike.

America’s 911 Ride was such a good idea that it was resurrected the year after its organizers thought it had overstayed its time and decided to put it to rest.

One of my interests is the main religions that are held by a majority of the world’s people. It is estimated that about 70% of humans belong to a religion, the earliest surviving of which date back to 3000 BC.

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.

A common perception among at least some Marylanders is that the state government’s hand is always hovering with clutching fingers outstretched somewhere near their pants pockets.

The Letter of the Week from Jim Guy of Oldtown, “They’re socialists and patriots,” was selected by the Times-News editorial board as the best letter of those that appeared during the week of July 28-Aug. 3. It was published Aug. 1.

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This Week's Circulars


ROMNEY, W.Va. - Viola Ansley Combs, 87, of Romney, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Friends will be received at Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney, on Monday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. Services will be conducted in the funeral home Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. Visit for c…