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 SPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT for those who began immediately to respond after fire in the field house damaged the building and destroyed football equipment at Petersburg (West Virginia) High School. Communities and schools in West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio offered help, Keyser High Coach Sean Biser provided helmets and other equipment and Moorefield High Coach Matt Altobello offered his team’s field so Petersburg could play East Hardy in the season finale. (See: “Petersburg football team ...,” Nov. 8 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A HIT for the more than 750 walkers who participated in the 2019 American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, raising more than $80,000 for breast cancer research and other efforts. You can donate to the effort by visiting MakingStridesWalk.org/WesternMD and get free breast cancer information and resources or donate, by visiting cancer.org or contacting cancer society community manager Jordan Furstenberg at 301-722-2148 or email@example.com. (See: “Walkers in pink ...,” Nov. 6 Times-News, Page 6A.)
• A HIT for our friend Al Feldstein, who is finding new homes for his collection of more than 15,000 items of political memorabilia. They will go to universities in Michigan, Kansas, Ohio and Virginia, Frostburg State University and the Arab American Museum and other museums in New York and Pennsylvania. (See: “Feldstein donating memorabilia ...,” Nov. 6 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A HIT for Garrett Transit Service employee Julie Feather, who for nearly 20 years has been working with scheduling and dispatching and received the Transportation Association of Maryland’s Unsung Transit Employee Award. She was nominated by transit director Mike Hill because of her unfailing dedication and commitment to her job.
• A HIT for the LaSalle-Ursuline-Central Catholic high schools class of 1964, which held its 55th anniversary reunion recently.
• A HIT for Girl Scout Troop 14074, which made and placed a Buddy Bench at Brooks Park in Keyser, West Virginia, in observance of Bully Prevention Month and plans to put other benches at all of the town’s parks. The idea came from Scout Lauren O’Haver, who saw an autistic boy in her class being treated with meanness. (See: “Scouts put ...,” Oct. 26 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• With a nod to Timex watches, A TAKES A LICKING AND KEEPS ON TICKING for former President Jimmy Carter, who at age 95 fell and broke his pelvis, but returned two weeks later to his Marantha Baptist Church in Plains, Georgia, to teach a Sunday school lesson. After a cancer diagnosis in 2015 that resulted in the removal of part of his liver, Carter has kept on going and says he is “at ease” with the idea of dying and believes in life after death. It has been suggested that Carter could serve as a replacement — or at least an occasional substitute — for the equally iconic Energizer Bunny.
• OUR CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR, OF THE WEEK goes to the convicted killer who contended in court that he “died” during a medical emergency and therefore has completed his life sentence for beating another man to death. A district judge ruled that the fact he had filed the motion for release is an indicator that he is still alive. An appeals court ruled that either he is alive and must remain in prison, or is dead — in which case his appeal is moot.
• OUR DOLT OF THE WEEK is alleged to have appropriated an electric-powered shopping cart from a Walmart in Louisiana and driven it to a bar about half a mile away. A sheriff’s deputy found the cart parked between two cars in the parking lot of a tavern. The man said he thought he would be arrested for DWI if he went bar-hopping in his own car. Instead, he was charged with “unauthorized use of a movable,” a felony.