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Patricia A. Kelly

November 5, 2019
The Ants – Running Without Purpose?
Patricia A. Kelly

They appear to run in circles, but they actually lead productive lives. They spend their entire lives promoting survival and reproduction of their species. They create and protect their homes, secure food, and care for their young.

October 30, 2019
What Can I Say?
Patricia A. Kelly

There’s the problem. Every time I think of writing, I think of impeachment, and of street mobs, and I’m kind of out of things to say about them.

October 4, 2019
How Bizarre Can We Get?
Patricia A. Kelly

I don’t want to know, but our increasing weirdness and complete loss of sense is in my face almost every day, so I’m going to have to move to a very isolated cave to have the slightest chance of peace.

October 1, 2019
Congress – A Diatribe
Patricia A. Kelly

Our country was designed with a system of checks and balances that included a three-part government, the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches. Each branch was designed to be equal. Each branch was designed to keep the others in check.

September 20, 2019
Is He Worth It?
Patricia A. Kelly

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, that is the question. Some supporters of our president undoubtedly find his rhetoric funny and appealing. Most, I’m sure, do not.

September 13, 2019
Solutions to Tragedy
Patricia A. Kelly

Three mass shootings in one month – El Paso, Dayton and Odessa. Too many after too many. We always begin with shock, grief and prayers, appropriately so.

September 4, 2019
Musings on Immigration
Patricia A. Kelly

One very hot topic of the 2020 presidential race is that the U.S. legal immigration system is obviously in need of reform. The subject of many political diatribes and false assertions about racism, it is being used as political cheap shots while Congress completely fails to act.


August 14, 2019
A World Without Consequences
Patricia A. Kelly

That’s where we’re headed. Prosecutors in some areas are refusing to prosecute what they call minor crimes, often related to drugs. It’s okay to have three ounces of weed in Seattle, not to mention to shoot up or defecate on the street.  Similarly in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

July 31, 2019
More Racism and the Politics of Hatred
Patricia A. Kelly

The day after Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill, The Frederick News Post ran a headline that read, “Mueller: No Russia exoneration for Trump” above an Associated Press non-story about the event, focused primarily on his concern that Russian election meddling persists, and his concern that foreign help for American campaigns may become the new normal.

July 17, 2019
Racism, Racism, Racism
Patricia A. Kelly

An old refrain with historic merit, now the outlandish rant of so many, the word is endemic in our political world today. The latest drama revolves around the “Squad,” Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D, N.Y), Rashida Tlaib (D, MI), Ayanna Presley (D, MA), and Ilhan Omar (D, MN).

July 3, 2019
Questions…and More Questions…
Patricia A. Kelly

People are saying the world has gone crazy. Can’t imagine why, particularly since Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presidential candidate, has just added a new item to her platform.

June 12, 2019
Anniversary of a Tragedy
Patricia A. Kelly

Today, June 12, 2019, is the 25th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Coincidentally, I recently read Christopher Darden’s book “Contempt” about the murder trial. Mr. Darden, along with Marcia Clark, was a prosecutor in the trial that followed these gruesome murders.

June 5, 2019
Later Than Predicted, Welcome to “1984”
Patricia A. Kelly

I recently acquired an old Pillsbury Bake-off Cookbook. It is filled with casseroles of meat, cheese, and canned creamed soup to be baked by the middle class American housewife, recently recalled home after a stint building aircraft during World War II, and now engaged in providing timely dinners for husband Dan, children Dick and Jane, dog Spot, and cat Fluffy.

May 24, 2019
Republican Country
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m there, in the countryside of Texas. Most everyone here is a card-carrying member the Red states of the U.S., happy “deplorables” all. Photos and calendars picturing President Donald J. Trump even hang in homes.

May 8, 2019
Are These People Joking?
Patricia A. Kelly

I once had the good fortune to visit Australia. One of our destinations was the Outback, with its’ iconic rock formations Uluru and Kata Tjuta, or, in English, Ayers Rock and The Olgas.

April 24, 2019
Big George
Patricia A. Kelly

We hear his name frequently, Hungarian-American tycoon, thrice married, father of five, born in Budapest in 1930, lived through the Nazi occupation of Hungary, migrated to England where he received both bachelor and master’s degrees in economics and philosophy from the London School of Economics, emigrated to the U.S. in 1957.

April 10, 2019
So Many Things…
Patricia A. Kelly

So many things to talk about: continued political lies, the complete failure of Congress to act in any but their own interest, Republicans spending the next year and a half undoing Democrat obstructionist tactics to delay Trump government appointments and judgeships, instead of working on legislative issues.

March 29, 2019
The Battle Over Human Life
Patricia A. Kelly

Senate Bill 311, allowing physician assisted suicide, has failed in the Maryland Senate. There was a tie (23-23). That's how close we came.


March 13, 2019
She’s Not Stupid
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve been thinking about the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, a woman who beat a congressional leader, Joe Crowley, by 15 points after being outspent 18 to one, a woman who kept her campaign information in a brown paper bag behind the bar where she worked while campaigning.

February 27, 2019
Socialism, the Word of the Day
Patricia A. Kelly

Socialism is defined as an economic and political system of social organization wherein the means of production, distribution and exchange are owned by the community.

February 13, 2019
Politics Can Be Fun After All
Patricia A. Kelly

Sometimes one needs a break from politics. Hatred, vituperation, personal attacks, identity politics, and the rampant absence of fact-based proposals to make things better take a toll.

January 23, 2019
The War on Words
Patricia A. Kelly

Congressman Steven King, of Iowa, is under fire in the House of Representatives because of comments he made recently asking when white nationalism, white supremacy and western civilization became offensive words. His history includes other questionably prejudicial or racist remarks.

January 9, 2019
The “Other” Side
Patricia A. Kelly

On Sunday I attended Bob Woodward’s talk at the Weinberg Center.  For those who have been under the bed for the past few months, this respected journalist who, along with Carl Bernstein, outed President Richard Nixon and triggered the Watergate crisis, recently published a book called “Fear,” about the Donald Trump administration.

December 21, 2018
A “Better” America?
Patricia A. Kelly

A couple of interesting items appeared this week in the Frederick News-Post. The first was the story from 100 years ago of the champion girl farmer of Maryland, Miss Marie L. Grason, daughter of State Senator Charles S. Grason of St. Mary’s County.

December 14, 2018
Historic Swearing-In
Patricia A. Kelly

It was an historic event at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning with the swearing-in of the Honorable Charles A. (Chuck) Jenkins and the deputies of the Sheriff’s Department of Frederick County. Thank goodness Chuck will be serving our community as chief law enforcement officer for another four years.

December 5, 2018
The Final Gift
Patricia A. Kelly

My neighborhood flag is flying at half-staff. Our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died. Today is a national day of mourning.

November 21, 2018
Giving Thanks
Patricia A. Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanksgiving was begun to give thanks for the survival of colonists of the “new world,” the future United States of America.

November 14, 2018
Okay, Can We Stop Now?
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve seen a lot of things, from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, to a woman with her head on backwards after a car accident, to General Dien Bien Phu shooting a prisoner in the head in Hanoi, Vietnam, as shown on the evening news here in the United States.

November 7, 2018
Time to “Woman Up”
Patricia A. Kelly

For much of history, women have been considered second class citizens, prevented from voting, or even owning property. We were controlled by men, first fathers and then husbands. Even today, some women throughout the world aren’t allowed to show their faces to anyone other than their husbands or immediate relatives.

October 31, 2018
It’s All About Trump, or Not
Patricia A. Kelly