The Korean War, which started 69 years ago this week, would largely be forgotten today (except by those who fought in it and their families), were it not for the fact that North Korea poses a nuclear threat to world peace.

Their wants and wishes having been thwarted by one parent who says “No, you can’t have (or do) that,” little kids sometimes seek a more satisfactory answer from the other. 

I couldn’t believe it. I mean I really, really, really couldn’t believe it! There it was, in black and white, “Pit Road Woes.” A caption for a nondescript picture on the sports page of our local newspaper.

If anybody in this mortal realm has the last word, it’s the United States Supreme Court, which recently ruled that a century-old cross-shaped World War I memorial on public land in Bladensburg should be left untouched.

I take exception to the conclusions reached in Ken Metz’s commentary of June 13, theorizing that the “Civil War” was fought over slavery. It is unreasonable to conclude that Confederates would engage in a costly war to preserve slavery, in a union the Confederacy no longer wished to be part …

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 Letter of the Week from Greg Harvey, president of USW Luke Local 676, “Workers kept mill going through thick and thin,” was selected by the Times-News editorial board as the best letter of those that appeared during the week of June 9-15. It was published June 11.

Today is the first day of summer, and the forecast was for as pleasant a day as can be, with highs in the mid-70s and only a 20% chance of rain.

Digital technology now operates many devices that are in common use, including our cell phones. Now, in Maryland, it may be coming to our cars’ license plates.

In 1942, Maryland was a dozen years away from even beginning racial desegregation in schools and a quarter-century away from decriminalizing interracial marriage, both not by choice but by mandate of landmark rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The temptation is to say that we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, except that railroad bridges are involved — not tunnels.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a letter to the editor published in this newspaper. It said that I was doing a state report on Maryland and asked you to send me some information. (See: “Youngster wants to learn about state and its people,” March 19 Times-News.)

Efforts to come to grips with Maryland’s history of racial lynching should be supported here, in our public schools and elsewhere, and not just because a lynching took place in Cumberland. (See: “Allegany County public schools ... ,” June 16 Times-News, Page 1A.)

The following editorial appeared in the Bluefield (W.Va.) Daily Telegraph, a CNHI newspaper.

Compared to Mom, Dad gets relatively little mention — but that’s understandable.

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This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A celebration of life for Senior Chief Martin R. "Marty" Kesner II, US Navy Retired of Virginia Beach, and formerly of Fort Ashby, W.Va. who passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019, will be held on Saturday, June 29th at 1 p.m. at the Ft. Ashby Baptist Church at 58 N Old…

CUMBERLAND - Joseph "Joe" Francis Kelley, 80, of Cumberland, died Tuesday at home. Visitation at Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, on Monday 4-7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial, on Tuesday 10 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Shrine.