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Editorial: Thumbs up for D-Day heroes, farmer on 'Good Morning America,' cricket player, Special Olympics

Thumbs up: The soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, 75 years ago were honored by Carroll County officials Thursday, and we want to use this space to do the same. Members of the 29th Division Association Post 48, which serves to keep the history of the 29th Infantry Division alive, were present at the commissioners’ meeting. Among them was Westminster resident and World War II veteran Junior Fisher, who devoted a total of 40 years to the military. He was drafted and entered the U.S. Navy about one month after D-Day on July 17, 1944. He believes young people “should learn about what happened” in World War II; we agree. The Allied victory shaped the world order, promoting peace, freedom and intergovernmental cooperation instead of the white supremacy and fascism of Hitler’s Third Reich. It’s essential that we all, as Americans, appreciate and cherish that victory over evil — as well as the immense sacrifices made to achieve that just end. And the D-Day assault was pivotal in the campaign to retake Europe from the Nazis. “They hit those beaches against machine gun fire and just unbelievable conditions,” Del. Haven Shoemaker said at the commissioners’ meeting. “The heroism that they exhibited that day is unparalleled.” When he said “unparalleled,” he wasn’t exaggerating. We all owe a great debt to those who rushed Normandy in the name of freedom.

Thumbs up: Lisa Ramjit — a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown — has developed into a top-level talent and became the first Maryland junior selected to play for the United States national women’s cricket team. She’s representing Carroll County well. On May 17, Ramjit opened as Team USA’s bowler (cricket’s version of a pitcher in baseball) against Canada and took the first international T20 wicket in the team’s cricket history. Ramjit eventually won her start, igniting the Americans’ three-game sweep of their northern neighbors in Lauderhill, Fla., and helping the team move one step closer to securing a berth in the 2020 International Cricket Council women’s T20 World Cup in Australia. “As you go through the process, you’re just like, ‘OK, this is a game for me to enjoy,’ ” she said. “So, to be able to represent the country at this age, it is surreal. It’s a feeling of all that you’ve done since you were younger has paid off. It is amazing.” She will accompany the national team to the T20 World Cup qualifier in Scotland from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7 for a chance to advance to the World Cup in Australia. Cricket might not be a sport familiar to many Carroll countians, but success on the world stage speaks for itself. This community is lucky to be able to claim such an impressive young athlete. We wish her all the best in her future competitions.


Thumbs up: A Carroll County dairy farmer spoke to a national audience this past week about dairy farmers’ work to ensure children don’t go hungry while schools are out for the summer. Katie Dotterer-Pyle, owner of Cow Comfort Inn Dairy in Union Bridge, went on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday to discuss her involvement with partners like Feeding America working toward that end during June, National Dairy Month. “The point about this is summer meals for kids because during the summer months, a lot of kids do not get meals or nutrients that are in those meals because school is out,” she told us. “One in six kids in the U.S. faces hunger, and the problem is really complicated in the summer months because they don’t have the school lunches or the school breakfast that are implemented in the school.” Her message is a important one, even if it might be unfamiliar to those fortunate enough to not worry about how to feed their children. As if spotlighting that issue in front of a national TV audience weren’t enough, Dotterer-Pyle will be representing the North East region of the American Dairy Association — as well as our county — in the Real Love Convoy, a cross-country tour to raise awareness for childhood hunger as part of the National Dairy Month programming. We thank her for her ongoing efforts to this end.

Thumbs up: The Carroll County Law Enforcement Torch Run brought together more than 200 members of law enforcement, Special Olympics athletes, volunteers, and family members Wednesday to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. Athletes, all taking turns carrying the torch at the front of the pack, were paired with officers, from all corners of the county. “It’s a day where everyone can come together,” Manchester police Officer Zeb Rohrback told us, adding that he looks forward to it every year — as should any community members interested in supporting the wonderful cause of Special Olympics. We were happy to report that this year apparently marked the greatest number of athletes to participate in the event. Keep it up, Carroll County.