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As Long as We Remember...

October 16, 2014

Sweetness and Light Gotta Change

Harry M. Covert

Everyone should have the opportunity to meet those fervently campaigning for various important positions in Frederick County and the state.


In my neighborhood, meeting the candidates has been encouraging, pleasant and welcomed. The yard signs are popular and no one has sneaked in to remove opponents' emblems or symbols. I’m watching.


Behind the scenes voters may hear some deleterious comments. Especially harsher words on the Internet are more prevalent. Words are rather bold and cutting; but facts: do they really have no meaning for those carrying out the tasks the aspirants seek.


In no way is today's communiqué going to get sappy or lean on the works of Emily Post or Miss Manners, the etiquette doyens. Fightin' words with displays of anger, bedlam or pandemonium make good reading, usually on all sides of the political spectrum. It’s fun to have some satire and cynicism to keep everybody loose.


In these days vote-seekers must develop and have strong wills, iron pants and able to take curtness from a public that generally doesn't have a clue as to what's going on. Factually, it is amazing how many locals don't know an election is a short time away.


Opportunity to meet candidates came my way. It was exciting to find quality people, young and old, who know what they're talking about. They have been knocking on doors by the thousands without stopping. Campaigning is hard work, even among friends.


Managing the public coffers, providing first-class government and keeping the constituencies informed and happy can be difficult and thankless. It is a grand thing to see the county's leaders so informed, so determined and so caring. Truly encouraging.


Too many newcomers believe the old encomium, "if you can't convince them, confuse them." That came from a Missura (sic) man. I seem to know a few locals that use this one. I love this one, too: “if you can’t dazzle ‘em with your diligence, baffle ‘em with your bull.”


"Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood." This came from a Marylander and typewriter aficionado on Hollins Street, Baltimore. I know some locals who may be conflicted by this one. New ideas?


The inspiring words of wisdom are so relevant today.


I do take exception to the words, "A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar." At least from those I have met and know such a cynical thought doesn't apply in Frederick County. And the Hollins Street maestro only had contact with those up Interstate 70.


All of this sweetness and light is going to change, it has too. The good candidates I know must have the voters flooding the polling stations to keep Frederick's "Land of Pleasant Living" still pleasant and vibrant.


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