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 HIT for our old friend Harold T. Burgess Jr., who has retired after 36 years’ service as a clerk in Allegany County Circuit Court. He spent two years as a math teacher in Grant County, West Virginia, then came to Allegany County. As a clerk, he he performed about three marriages a week and said it was “an honor, a privilege” to do that. (See: “Harold Burgess Jr. ...,” Feb. 2 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A HIT for Kadie Matthews, a seventh grader at Westmar Middle School, who finished third in the state at the Maryland Patriots Pen essay contest at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Easton. Matthews represented District 3, which includes Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties.
• A HIT for Carmen Jackson, president of Allegany County Branch 7007 of the NAACP, and Shirley Giarrita, a founding member of Cumberland Theatre who is active in the community, who were recognized by The Greater Cumberland Committee as part of Gov. Larry Hogan’s proclamation of 2020 as “Year of the Woman” in Maryland. (See: “TGCC honors ...,” Feb. 7 Times-News, Page 1A.)
• A HIT (the latest of several we’ve given him during his 13-year career) for Robby May, an Advanced Placement world history teacher at Fort Hill High School who teaches his students history by exposing them to it. Most recently he took his students on a field trip to Washington, D.C., where they visited centers of the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith traditions. (See: “Fort Hill Advanced Placement ...,” Feb.2 Times-News, Page 8A.)
• A HIT for Allegany High School junior Trevan Powell, who received the Tom O’Rourke Memorial Award for Allegany County’s most articulate high school football player. The award was voted on by local radio personnel.
• A LET’S HOPE HE’S RIGHT for Western Maryland Murray, Cumberland’s official prognosticating whistlepig, who failed to see his shadow on Groundhog Day and predicted an early start to spring.
• A HERO’S FAREWELL for Kirk Douglas, who died Wednesday at age 103. He was a truly gifted and versatile actor, who could play any role, including Doc Holliday in “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” Spartacus, Col. “Jiggs” Casey in “Seven Days in May” (in which he helps to thwart a plot to overthrow the government led by Gen. James Mattoon Scott — played by Burt Lancaster) and Cactus Jack in “The Villain” (one of our favorite movies, a Western comedy that was very reminiscent of a “Road Runner” cartoon and also starred Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ann-Margaret and Paul Lynde).
• OUR DOLTS OF THE WEEK are the two Florida men whose first mistake was to be in a car clocked at 95 mph on Interstate 10. Their second mistake was to have 75 grams of methamphetamine, 1.36 kilograms of the date-rape drug GHB, 1 gram of cocaine, 3.6 grams of fentanyl, 15 MDMA tablets and drug paraphernalia in a large bag labeled “BAG FULL OF DRUGS.” Deputies posted on Facebook that “Our K-9’s can read.”