Each week the Times-News 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.

Just as we wished Donald Trump and preceding presidents well as they began their time in the White House, hoping for a bright future as they assumed leadership of the greatest nation on Earth, our thoughts now turn to Joe Biden as he takes the reins of U.S. government.

A reader commentary from Allegany County Sheriff Craig Robertson in the Times-News print edition Monday contained remarks on the topic of social media trolling.

Each week the Times-News 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.

Much has been made of the role of President Donald Trump and other radical politicians on the right in the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Any instigation committed by these political leaders, we believe, should be investigated.

Police officers face many dangers as they fulfill their duties, never knowing when someone will pull a gun on them or use another weapon to inflict harm. Last year was the deadliest time period for U.S. law enforcement officers in decades, but it wasn’t bullets or knives that claimed the mos…

Each week the Times-News 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.

Congress met in a joint session Wednesday, to perform what is tantamount to a formality, and, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, approve Electoral College votes reported by the states. The process occurs every four years and usually doesn’t take long.

Minorities who distrust government have good reason, from a long track record of gross unfairness in the legal system to other examples of systemic racism that continue to this day. The wariness also extends to science and advancements in the medical field, including the new COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 “does a tremendous number on the lungs,” President Donald Trump informed anxious Americans during a coronavirus task force update last April. While that contagion continues to lay waste to people’s respiratory systems in its fatal march across the nation, another health threat lurks…

Setting off fireworks, especially the more spectacular mortar-type projectiles that are fired from a cylinder, is a thrill that can result in tragedy regardless of the season or holiday being celebrated. Regrettably, the risk became a reality for a young Cumberland resident who was seriously…

Each week the Times-News 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.

People around the world follow traditions aimed at ensuring good luck and prosperity in the new year, such as carrying a basket of food onto the porch or making a racket at midnight with noisemakers, bells or car horns.

It was on the last day of the year, Dec. 31, 1879, that Thomas Alva Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light by illuminating some 40 bulbs at his laboratory and machine shop in Menlo Park, New Jersey.

Disclosing the cause of the fiery train crash that occurred in Hyndman, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 2, 2017, can’t change the outcome, nor does trying to assign blame. But knowing how it may have happened could prevent a similar disaster from occurring in the future.

Editor’s note: The following editorial, perhaps the most famous ever written, appeared in the New York Sun in 1897:

The following editorial appeared in the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, West Virginia. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Times-News.

Each week the Times-News 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.

While we are still a ways away from vaccines for COVID-19 being universally available for anyone who wants one, it’s not too early to consider the role they have to play in ending this plague and getting life back to normal.

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