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May 29, 2015

Lessons from the Horse Latitudes

Harry M. Covert

In the land of the free, the home of the brave and in Frederick County these are baffling times. As the week ends, good people are suffering in the horse latitudes, probably a bit dizzy from all the idiocies going on.

It is time today for a break and relief from further discussion of Winchester Hall’s political dysfunction – to give the public time to catch its collective breath.

As a writer has noted, “Evil is everywhere” and it is through the Grace of the Almighty that fisticuffs haven’t broken out in the recent machinations of elected government.

Awareness is broad of the continuing Baltimore killings. “It ain’t the police fault” that these indiscriminate shootings, stabbings and assaults continue. The Charm City troubles cost the state somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million.

Who would dare want to start a law enforcement career in Baltimore? Such a vocation is more amenable in the local county, the city and other area jurisdictions. At least peace is more agreeable hereabouts. There is a lot of silly talk about more local policing with coffees and similar activities.

Consider the inebriated father who forced his 13-year-old son to drive his car. When deputies tried to intervene, the vehicle sped up to 75 miles per hour. It is reported “Daddy” flipped the bird to the chasers. Needless to say, the birdman was stopped, taken to jail and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and other charges. In my cynical mind, there was no time for a coffee break with the father and the deputy.

From Florida, a drunk pilot with an under-age son on board, was forced to land his airplane. Another example of dumb, stupid and dangerous. Not a misunderstood Daddy.

The mess in Baltimore does reach Frederick County. Just this week two drug dealers were busy in coke sales, one with two of his children in his car with him. Fortunately sheriff’s deputies were on the job and intercepted these sweethearts.

Let me continue. As these words hit the keyboard news breaks of a road rage murder on Washington’s Route 295.

Still following the quadruple murders in the District? Sure sounds like an inside job. At least one person has been charged and others are likely soon.

While considering all of the “evil” previously mentioned, the story breaks that live “anthrax” has been shipped by the Army from Utah to possibly Frederick. Can we ask who is in charge?

Let’s get to the meat of the problem on this day. Latest polls are appearing that large numbers of Americans are expressing no belief in Christian teachings, a Judeo-Christian ethic or a Supreme Being. Naturally poll takers and their national media deniers like to ridicule people of faith, always pointing to personal failures and centuries of doctrinal tenets.

A renaissance of religious teachings may be on the cusp. Those in the churches – pastors, priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, deacons, elders, rabbis, cantors – have their work cut out. All of the wits, we watch and read, enjoy their attempts to destroy faithful teachings.

Just look at the sin running rampant, not around the world so much, but here in the good old USA. I know, it’s not favorable to use the word s-i-n because it might hurt feelings of the morally bankrupt. The nation is paying a high and heavy price for not teaching truth, honesty and the American way.

Preachers need to get on the ball, move outside of their comfortable abodes and maybe hit the street corners. Parents and teachers, public and private, must resume emphasizing manners, using “please, thank you and yes ma’am/no ma’am, yes sir/no sir.”

Scripture says something for fathers, “woe unto me if I preach not the gospel.”

Horse latitudes? They are mystifying and bring on the doldrums.


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