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November 23, 2012

‘Tickety Boo’ for Frederick

Harry M. Covert

Just finished oyster stew and crackers, traditional fare at my house the day after Thanksgiving. It was a big bowl of big Chesapeake Bay mollusks in heavy cream. The delights provided ample time to acknowledge good things and consider some suggestions.


It was a half-century ago yesterday the tragic Dallas events took place – President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. Like most people everywhere, I know exactly where I was and what I was doing at the exact moment. The course of history was radically changed that day – for America and the world.


President Harry S Truman, one of the nation’s greatest, valued the office of the presidency and took it upon himself to return former President Herbert Hoover to public service and personal respect. Mr. Hoover was put to work rebuilding Europe and feeding the people. He did it without acclaim.


I’d like to see President Barack Obama name Mitt Romney Secretary of the Treasury – or chairman of the Federal Reserve.


While doctor-general-director David Petraeus has taken advantage of the largesse of American taxpayers all his life, he doesn’t need to be named chaplain-in-chief – but could be used as Ambassador to Israel and/or the Middle East, with a chaperone.


Closer to Frederick and Frederick County, attention is now the creation of a charter government. First, save Commissioners’ President Blaine Young lots of time, money-raising and campaigning costs. Name him county executive. It’s a lot shorter driving in the county than taking the road to Annapolis.


Or, perhaps soon-to-be-former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett would be interested in the executive’s position and find another chief of staff.


Since respected Police Chief Kim Dine will be leaving the city to lead the U. S. Capitol Police, the city’s police department can safely merge with the county sheriff’s department. The fight will come when the governing group tries to hire a professional county fire chief. That won’t be an easy task.


In fact, all other towns in the Frederick County community with small local police agencies could well join the merger under county Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.


The sheriff could have four stars for his insignia (they look nice on the collar), a small raise and this will save lots of money with his wise policies and administrative abilities. As the Brits would say, all “will be tickety boo.” Local critics would say, “What?”


Everybody talks about saving money but the voters soundly rejected that. The county commissioner, worried about library spending, can now enjoy the Captain Marvel comics and have to consider buying library books to accommodate Spanish and maybe some Arabic books, the latter reading right to left – that’s not a political stance.


While county governance and other fun and games ensue, the city, with help from Frederick County and the state government, should take over Frederick Towne Mall, that magnificent property on West Patrick, adjacent to Boscov’s.


This property could spearhead commercial growth. Plus, with the state all agog with gambling, that section of Frederick could be a sure stopover for chance-takers en route to Charles Town’s Hollywood mecca and horse racing bettors in West Virginia.


More taxes, more restaurants and more education for the masses.


Black Friday? No. Oh, Happy Day.


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