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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

November 24, 2015
Why Give In To Terrorists?
Harry M. Covert

There is a very good question to consider entering the Thanksgiving festivities most especially as people chomp down on turkey and gravy and all sorts of other tasty morsels. Perhaps the tune dancing in heads will be like “over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house we go.” Yes, nice for everyone.

It’s a nice feel good story. A Frederick County deputy sheriff used great restraint. During a broad morning light he took a slugging in the face and neck from an illegal immigrant MS-13 gang member.

November 10, 2015
Patriotism is Not a Cash Sport
Harry M. Covert

In advance of tomorrow’s Veterans Day celebration, especially in Frederick, and Sunday’s activities in Walkersville and Brunswick, the plan was to extoll the virtues of all the soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and auxiliarists who have protected the nation.

October 27, 2015
Is Capital Punishment Equitable?
Harry M. Covert

All kinds of discussions result when the topic comes to state’s rights, sanctuary cities, school busing, a certain historic flag not from Fort McHenry in Maryland, or capital punishment.

October 22, 2015
Spouting the Niceties
Harry M. Covert

It was rather interesting. The upbeat 47th vice president was in the Rose Garden. He truly looked relieved. He was declining the opportunity to run for president.

October 20, 2015
A Night to Remember and Heartbreak
Harry M. Covert

It was a dark and stormy night. Rain poured over the highway known as Route 15 northbound toward Thurmont, Maryland.

October 13, 2015
Joys of College Football Coaching
Harry M. Covert

News leaks started seeping. The football coach was going to be fired, smack in the middle of the collegiate season. Usually replacing such personages waited until a season’s end.

October 6, 2015
How to End Gun Violence?
Harry M. Covert

The matter of gun violence is of great concern everywhere. It should be. In these days of everything goes in personal conduct, the first thing anti-gunners jump on are good citizens who value their guaranteed rights to ownership.

October 5, 2015
Quarterbacking for Monday
Harry M. Covert

There are some mighty good reasons for Monday morning quarterbacking. Usually this is left to sportswriters, sportscasters and sports fans.

September 29, 2015
Perilous Words: Eminent Domain
Harry M. Covert

The words “eminent domain” are more frightening for counties, cities and towns everywhere than “this is the Internal Revenue Service.”

September 24, 2015
A Rest from the Bad News
Harry M. Covert

It’s been a good week around these parts. The Great Frederick Fair has been a joy to behold and the quietness that’s covered the area is a welcome relief

September 23, 2015
Divines in the Congress
Harry M. Covert

With respect at mid -week where we normally have a travelogue, all eyes and journeys focus today on the Nation’s Capital. Supposedly everybody will be on their best behavior even if fingers are crossed behind their backs.

September 22, 2015
Rubber Rafts, Hunger and Duty
Harry M. Covert

In reading today’s dithyramb several high profile situations come to mind. They are important for various reasons.

September 16, 2015
The Astonished Majority Awakens
Harry M. Covert

The words silent majority have been designated as offensive in some idiotic encounters. Actually, the definition of those words truly means the astonished majority, and it seems this political correctness could well be reaching the end of the line.

September 14, 2015
Another Night to Remember?
Harry M. Covert

By all rights the conversation today probably should be about local politics. The goings on in Winchester Hall continue to develop with spreading underground discontent. Murmurs keep spreading that the county executive continues spending at will.

September 10, 2015
Malfeasance or Principle?
Harry M. Covert

At the very moment the Honorable Kim Davis figuratively expectorated – spit – in the face of a federal judge, she was headed to jail.

September 1, 2015
Labor Day, Nickel Soda, 18¢ Bread
Harry M. Covert

Labor Day is a few days off, but today is a perfect time to revisit first days of the first job. The experience sticks with most people no matter the passage of time. Me, too.

August 25, 2015
Happy Days and Algebra
Harry M. Covert

May be hard to believe, but imagine for a moment the summer is almost over and, both parents and students alike are jumping with joy, or should be.

August 18, 2015
Stupid Is as Stupid Does
Harry M. Covert

There was a time, believe it or not, when the political correctness fad didn’t exist. People of all ages didn’t run around being offended by this and that, and elected officials were never called stupid, even though it was often talked about in closed door meetings.

August 13, 2015
Boondoggle for Good Citizens
Harry M. Covert

The current summer of mental and physical relaxation seems to be slipping beyond reality. Events all over the place have overtaken fun and games. We can admit all exploding news in every platform is astonishing, exciting and a desire for more.

July 28, 2015
A Chicken in Every Pot?
Harry M. Covert

There is a lot of clucking going on in and around Frederick these days. Don’t confuse this with the idiocy suggesting the locale is mean and unkind to visitors of all persuasions, or some such discombobulation.

July 16, 2015
When the Grass is Greener
Harry M. Covert

One of the great reasons to live in Frederick is the reasonable cost of living, lovely homes and mighty nice people. Plus, expenses in other counties like Montgomery, Howard or Prince George’s can be considered outrageous.

July 14, 2015
You’re Kidding: Trump versus Sanders
Harry M. Covert

That Donald Trump! That Bernie Sanders! That political landscape! There’s no escaping facts that the chattering classes, partisan politicos and money givers are in awe, unknowing as to how to deal with the current state of affairs.

July 9, 2015
Frederick Police Chief Already on Duty
Harry M. Covert

From everything I’ve gathered, Frederick’s police department does a pretty good job with its keeping everything safely and in order.

July 7, 2015
The Prattling of Southern Haters
Harry M. Covert

I am in no way a racist. I am a lover of history, good, bad or indifferent. I was all set to ignore all of the hand-wringing about the battle flag. Then I saw the headline and story, “How the South Skews America. We’d be less violent, more mobile and in general more normal if not for Dixie.”

June 30, 2015
A Potpourri of Wonder
Harry M. Covert

Phew! What a week of the past. All manner of communications have been bombarding this bureau. News junkies have enjoyed a heyday. It is time for all the good people to take a breath and have some relief. It is almost too much to bear.

June 25, 2015
Erasing Signs of History
Harry M. Covert

There’s no way to avoid discussing the despicable events from South Carolina. It is the duty of all to consider the nine murders in a church massacre.

June 23, 2015
The Language is American!
Harry M. Covert

Whether popular or not, the official language of Frederick County, the State of Maryland and the rest of the states of our national union is American.

June 4, 2015
Ready for Some High Volume Trials?
Harry M. Covert

Those with news nose sensibilities rank high in getting a jump on monumental decisions by those in authority or their authoritarian positions.

June 2, 2015
A Love Note to Remember
Harry M. Covert

Time is now to affirm, promise, pledge and swear – yes, swear – that no more politicians from Maryland will be jumping into the billion-dollar presidential fray.

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.

May 26, 2015
Bud Otis’ Flailing Presidency
Harry M. Covert

When all else fails, at least in the political arena, take a poll. In this stage pollsters often become polecats no matter which side they take.

May 21, 2015
An Absence of Crime and Corruption
Harry M. Covert

The drum beat goes on. Crime and corruption is pervasive in Maryland’s largest county. Listening to the Frederick County executive this week was alarming.

May 19, 2015
Wishing, Hindsight Wasteful
Harry M. Covert

Imagine for a few moments if hindsight was 20-20 vision. Imagine if mistakes could be corrected years after the fact. Imagine not having to say “if only I could have done things differently.”

May 12, 2015
The Southwest Invasion
Harry M. Covert

The opinionating business is serious and should be. I take it as a solemn matter. There are times more often than not when a good old guffaw is in order.

May 7, 2015
Pennywise, Pound Hateful
Harry M. Covert


Sure looks like County Executive Jan Gardner, known in some quarters as Her Worship, is determined to wipe out homes for some poor and needy people.


May 5, 2015
A Changing Lexicon
Harry M. Covert

There is nothing funny, witty or humorous from Baltimore’s week of unrest. Usually through trials and tribulations pain in many instances can be assuaged with some harmless amusement.

April 30, 2015
A Conundrum, Maze of Facts
Harry M. Covert

Lip service has been spewing non-stop out of Baltimore the past week or so. It is likely to continue full blast, so let us contribute further as to the declared emergency.

April 28, 2015
Threats to Baltimore Police Abound
Harry M. Covert

The tragedy that’s continued to unfold in Baltimore truly effects all segments of Maryland life and most all communities, large and small. There have been no easy answers to Freddie Gray’s death two weeks ago, and the city’s political and police officials have gone to the nth degree to salve the matter.

April 23, 2015
Pain in Baltimore
Harry M. Covert

In all probability the toughest job in the world these days is being a cop. This slang expression is considered an acceptable term for serving men and women that comes from Constable on Patrol. There are other meanings, of course.

April 21, 2015
A $5 Billion President
Harry M. Covert

There’s no sense beating around the bush. News is really slow these days and citizens’ interests have turned to other pursuits. That’s probably good as tune-ups and recharging the issues batteries are well in order.

April 14, 2015
A Look at Weed Farming
Harry M. Covert

When it comes to smoking pot or tasting what is known as weed in cookies or brownies and other concoctions, I am a virgin. Somehow, I’ve managed to escape any attraction to such participation.

April 7, 2015
Irresponsible Reporting Still Popular
Harry M. Covert

A bunch of us are age-ing alarmingly. Surely it is evident in these days and times our society and lifestyles grow in all sorts of ways. This is truly exciting and adventurous. The fast pace of modern day and coming of “the New America” is worth considering and frightful.

March 26, 2015
Eleanor, Rosa, Barbara & Barbara
Harry M. Covert

The movement has started. Not quite sure how long it will be before it’s consummated, but the train is moving. To be somewhat honest, I figure midway through the first term of the first woman president the $20 bill will have a new face.

March 24, 2015
Imbibing in Mr. Jefferson’s Town
Harry M. Covert

The thing that is so disturbing by news “presenters” is they get to jawing before knowing any facts. Naturally, it depends, too, on an agenda.

March 17, 2015
Chief Pouget’s Shabby Treatment: Just An Example
Harry M. Covert

The story breaks. Frederick County Fire Chief Denise Pouget is fired by the county executive. The action comes without notice and catches the able chief and her two deputies off guard. And, the county as well.

March 12, 2015
Time Again to Remember Charlie Keller
Harry M. Covert

I still hold out that baseball is the nation’s pastime. Sitting in the stands watching a no-hitter, or seeing snappy double plays and homeruns, what’s better to any sport lover? It’s preferable in these quarters to watch a direct throw from catcher to the second baseman and an out. Similarly for an outfielder’s throw.

March 10, 2015
Clever Rogues, President’s Silence
Harry M. Covert

My attention today is not on the crumbling national and international stages. The masterminds there don’t care about my thoughts anyway. Now, for a short sabbatical from the whys and wherefores elsewhere, it’s more important for us to consider the affairs of State at Winchester Hall.

March 5, 2015
The Rudderless Ship of State?
Harry M. Covert

It is a frightening thing that when leaders are in the wrong arena, they don’t understand the enemies; and the big worry this particular moment is emails.

March 3, 2015
Mikulski, Crab Cakes; Who’s Next
Harry M. Covert

Sure is nice that Barbara Mikulski is giving her successors time to line up for her seat in the United States Senate. Anybody who loves crab cakes can’t be all bad.


February 26, 2015
Kudos for Public Servants
Harry M. Covert

By all rights the following should be on the extreme opinionated side. Probably the only good thing on the horizon is the coming baseball season. As players at all levels are warming up, the sidewalks, yards and streets will be following suit.

February 24, 2015
What’s in a Name? Here’s the ‘Skinny’
Harry M. Covert

It is time to put to rest – to bed – all of the hullabaloo, gibberish and nonsense about the Redskins name in the National Football League and any place else for that matter.

February 19, 2015
All’s Not Quiet on the Presidential Front
Harry M. Covert

The would-be’s are flailing all over the place. They and their ghost writers are hustling books, going to places like Iowa in the dead of winter trying to organize electable opinions and lining up begging apparatus in high gear for the highest office in the land.

February 17, 2015
Pass the Pancakes, Fluffy Ones
Harry M. Covert

Let there be no question, today is special. Everywhere around Frederick and the world, it is described as Pancake Day. Personally the fluffy cakes are something else with all types of berries, syrups and butter, real or otherwise.

February 12, 2015
Back to Reality
Harry M. Covert

There are many who easily accept the current state of world affairs. The attitude of far too many is that troubles in the Middle East are no longer American concerns.

February 11, 2015
No ‘Stretchers’ Please
Harry M. Covert

My friend and colleague Roy Meachum is experiencing some physical ailments these days. While we have more often than not disagreed on political matters, we remain on top of the news.


February 5, 2015
Vaccines and ‘Dirt Cookies’
Harry M. Covert

Many circuit courts and those of equal rank in every state, city and town have long faced times when they over-ruled parents. They had to, because some parents won’t allow life-saving blood transfusions or specific prescriptions to protect their children, the elderly, the infirmed and neighborhoods. All of us.

February 3, 2015
A Night with Agatha Christie
Harry M. Covert

Lots of days, mornings, noons and nights, I have been in the company of my friend Jane. Even while trying to make sense of the Frederick County political activities, she kept knitting, drinking tea and reminding that us “Americans have a lot to answer for.”

February 2, 2015
The Football Afflatus
Harry M. Covert

I could not wait for the end of the Arizona festivities. Sports fans, bettors, political operatives and assorted other civilians can rest a bit now and get ready for other events. There are plenty more to come.

January 29, 2015
Protocol: A Finger in the Eye
Harry M. Covert

The business of protocol is important. Call it what you will, but good manners, dignity and courtesy are always best. Times most often call for posterior osculations around the world and with locals of various cultures and politics.

January 27, 2015
Twiddledumb and Twiddledumber
Harry M. Covert

The past few weeks in Frederick have been rather interesting, entertaining and especially uplifting for journalists in all categories. During the fortnight when national and statewide events might overshadow goings-on locally, untoward conduct reared its ugly head and “really and truly” enables all of us to just guffaw.

January 22, 2015
A Politician’s Jealousy
Harry M. Covert


I want to thank Kathy Afzali today. Her continuing audacity has weaned me from developing reportage that stirred the cockles of my heart. By the way, there are no such things as cockles, cochleae cordis, if you please.

January 20, 2015
Let the Mulcting Begin
Harry M. Covert

Without doubt, all of us “plain people” will be somewhat agog tonight. Even those who don’t have cable will be able to watch the assembled public spirited leaders put on smiling faces, plenty of crimson ties and scarves on the happy occasion in the Capitol where senators and representatives may be on their best behavior.

January 15, 2015
Five Stars, First Among Equals?
Harry M. Covert

Just who is “primus inter pares” these days among Frederick’s political insiders and outsiders? Sure, I’m being a smarty pants today because the search is under way to answer a lingering idea of who is or may be the first among equals.

January 13, 2015
A Lesson for ‘Good Old Boys and Girls’
Harry M. Covert

Woe unto the Frederick County Republican Central Committee. I am not a member. Never have been. Even if I had such tendencies to be a joiner, I wouldn’t give a hoot for the local boys and girls, the supposedly partisan big shots in the political arena.

January 8, 2015
Easy Peasy With the Press
Harry M. Covert

A full-fledged mêlée has exploded. I don’t mean the murderers of free speech in France. I mean right here in Frederick. It is exciting and the result has hit the Internet, broadcast media and printed pages.

January 1, 2015
New Lives for Four Killers
Harry M. Covert

To borrow a popular phrase, “When I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Well, I did want to exhibit a sweet and nice attitude moving into a new year. But why? I’m searching for a good answer.

December 30, 2014
No Brickbats, No Resolutions
Harry M. Covert

We are in the last days and this is my final column; I mean, the last one for the Year of our Lord passing on this the 364th day. But don’t dismay, because there will be more to come in 2015.

December 23, 2014
Feliz Navidad, Y’all
Harry M. Covert

Buenos días, señores, senoras y senoritas y simplemente amigos.Feliz Navidad! Today, however, I’m not getting into the “boobus Frederickus” ongoing downtown. Let’s address the fact that when things change they always remain the same.

December 18, 2014
Continued Loading at Winchester Hall
Harry M. Covert

Sure seems like lots of bullets are flying in and out of Frederick County’s Winchester Hall. Doubt is everywhere that the offensive is going to recede anytime soon or during the next four years to come for that matter.

December 16, 2014
Don’t Cry for Captured Terrorists
Harry M. Covert

Verbal bashings continue out of control toward a former president, vice president and the intelligence agency; the “covert ones,” if you please.

December 11, 2014
Time to Revisit the Golden Rule?
Harry M. Covert

Society is never going to be fair and equal. Never has been and never will. Platitudes abound plenty and certainly always sound good.

December 9, 2014
Transparency vs. Plain Old Truth
Harry M. Covert

Let’s face it. Ninety-nine and forty-four-one-hundredths percent of people always snicker, then grin or breakout guffawing hearing news that a celebrated institution or person or persons has been caught in some salacious conduct.

December 4, 2014
Life on the Streets
Harry M. Covert

Just when the public gets comfortable and thinks that personal safety is really a matter of everywhere else, presto, it is in the local backyard.

December 2, 2014
Trouble in the Fourth Estate
Harry M. Covert

The business of hateful journalism is alive and well. Unfortunately such opinionating has reached the unbelievable, the far-fetched and is beyond good taste.

November 27, 2014
The Best Thanksgiving is Today
Harry M. Covert

Regardless of when or where who started this feast day or who set aside the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day is one of remembrance, joy and hope.

November 25, 2014
Titillating Days for Frederick
Harry M. Covert

No matter where life takes us, there’s no uncertainty politics will always play a major role, whether good and bad, up or down, in or out. Everywhere, at city halls, town halls, county seats, civic clubs and churches of all persuasions.

November 20, 2014
A Case to Better Manage Sports Pains
Harry M. Covert

The sporting life of these modern times is over the moon, to borrow an old expression. As was mentioned recently, federal agencies are getting into the act, supposedly to keep everybody clean, quite possibly pure.

November 18, 2014
A Day with Federal Agents
Harry M. Covert

I’m feeling sorry today for athletes at all levels. Time is, perhaps, for sports fans, political watchers and regular people to have a rest and think about the good days to come, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

November 13, 2014
Sleepers, Creepers on the March
Harry M. Covert

Creepers, sleepers and social destroyers are in fine form. Most certainly the newly elected local members of the Board of Education must consider the danger lurking.

November 11, 2014
The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month
Harry M. Covert

There is much to be considered on this somber day of remembrance. The War to End All Wars ended a centenary ago, but the Great War didn’t end anything at all with exception of massive deaths of nine million soldiers and about seven million civilians.

November 6, 2014
Righting the Ship of State
Harry M. Covert

There is no such thing as a morning after pill for election results. Life goes on. For a while the general public may have a short respite before the next cycle invades daily stresses and strains.

November 4, 2014
Costs for Getting Votes
Harry M. Covert

On this day of astonishment when expensive public duty comes to a closure just a little bit, time may well be on tap to consider the incredible amounts of money needed for public office.

October 30, 2014
Advantages of Early Voting
Harry M. Covert

Amid the brilliant fall colors Taney Avenue was a busy place, campaign faithful were waving flags, the Senior Center parking lot overflowed and election judges were busy certifying voters.

October 28, 2014
Asleep at the Wheel
Harry M. Covert

When major news events capture the public attention, it is the time politicians can usually get away with fooling the public and their constituents. Insidious things usually happen and the trusting lambs aren’t any the wiser.

October 23, 2014
Enola Gay, and Inshallah
Harry M. Covert

The sample ballot has arrived. I’ve checked it twice and thrice. Don’t need any campaign material to help me decide, or more instructions as to how to make my voice heard. I might vote early to avoid the rush in two weeks.

October 21, 2014
No Profligate Spender, Please
Harry M. Covert

It is good in the political arena to always stand for better policing, better education, better money-handling, better government, better this and better that. Actually the same-o same-o is always the battle cry of the outs. And, the outs always like to take advantage of amnesia of the citizenry. Let’s be nice here, and call it the forgetfulness of voters.

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.

October 14, 2014
Never Say Never, Kemosabe
Harry M. Covert

Since colleagues have pretty well explained and detailed all the issues of the Frederick County political and Ebola matters in recent days, perhaps a re-visit to the matter of names is appropriate.

October 9, 2014
Good Lesson from a Solid Lineup
Harry M. Covert

Without any question or debate, baseball is the nation’s preeminent and favorite pastime. In our neck of the woods The Game has provided a season of joy, anticipation and thrills.

October 2, 2014
Naval Base in the Mountains
Harry M. Covert

It is rather refreshing to have a breather from all the animus enveloping us all from the murders home and abroad and all the yapping about “boots on the ground” instead of the truth about troops in battle no matter what description is on the lips of the wizardry newsies, politicians or even poll takers.

September 30, 2014
Is Crime Evolving?
Harry M. Covert

Since “child-dom,” my word for the moment, I’ve been a note-taker. You never know when scribblings may come in handy, particularly in the writing business. A word here and there will joggle the mind and lead to all kinds of sentences, paragraphs and essays.

September 25, 2014
I Paid To Vote
Harry M. Covert

One of the most exciting days of the year for me has always been Election Day. I consider it a High Holy Day. This day is not only the climax of political campaigning and campaigners; but, back in my fledgling days, it was somewhat of a social event, really a fun day.

September 23, 2014
A Distorted ‘Day of Rest’
Harry M. Covert

News of late has had some interesting turns. Most assuredly the latest volte face involves professional football. Worries about the billion dollar television contracts, incredible player salaries and purported rules changes for safety and individual off-the-field conduct is the order of the day.

September 18, 2014
Independence for West Maryland
Harry M. Covert

Lots of eyes are on Scottish voters today who will decide to break from Great Britain and go-it-alone as a separate country at the top of the British Isles – or not. Yes, many of the kilt wearers, those who attend the Kirks, the distillers of malts and promoters of the Loch Ness Monster are making the big decision.

September 16, 2014
Etymology Can Be Fun
Harry M. Covert

Honestly now, can it get any better? The Orioles and Nationals are winning big time in their respective leagues for playoff championships and, prayers in Emmitsburg and elsewhere in Frederick are unbroken en masse for a Beltway and I-95 World Series. And The Great Frederick Fair is under way.

September 11, 2014
Look Out for ‘High Energy Objects’
Harry M. Covert

It is obvious now. No need to worry about any bad things happening. The way for everybody to get along is easy, merely just change reality – the everyday words being used and heard.

September 9, 2014
ISIL/ISIS Murderers are Gaining on Us
Harry M. Covert

The misanthropes of all sorts running wild throughout Arab nations must be stopped. Baseball fans will remember Leroy Paige, known as Satchel and a right-handed mounds man. He said "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you." He didn’t pitch ever for the Frederick Keys.

September 4, 2014
Merge Police with the Sheriff’s Department
Harry M. Covert

In the middle of the political season obvious debates rage among battlers for the new county executive and council. As usual, the focus is on money and immigration matters. Tax-n-spend and free schools for illegal personages are quietly being lost in the discussion.

September 2, 2014
Judges: Wisdom for the Ages
Harry M. Covert

Regard for the judiciary has always ranked high in this aerie. Those in such lofty positions are truly esteemed and provide keys to the very words of honesty and veracity, reason enough to address them as “Your Honor.” They indeed represent the highest in rectitude, righteousness and decency.

August 26, 2014
Night-sticks and Recalcitrant People
Harry M. Covert

A self-imposed muzzle prevents any dedicated name-calling, fact-based or otherwise until after next Monday. Then it may become open combat regarding county-wide races for the executive, council members and the other competitions.

August 21, 2014
Real Bullies, Killers and Criminals
Harry M. Covert

Won’t be long now. The imaginary Labor Day political campaign kickoff rolls into ribald, raucous and rip-roaring high gear. Everyone has been waiting for this. Gloves will be off in a contumely manner.

August 19, 2014
Attempted Murder of Frederick Policeman
Harry M. Covert

To borrow an age-old saying, silence is deafening from a vast majority of locals and national citizens and politicians, except for the usual suspects. I’m referring to the civil unrest ongoing in the show-me state, “missoura.”

August 14, 2014
Focus on the Facts, Please
Harry M. Covert

Imagine for a moment if sheriff’s deputies, police officers, state police and fire officials were removed from the streets for a day or so in Frederick. Visualize the pandemonium, danger on the streets and highways, the illegal guns that would surface, home invasions and carjackings.

August 12, 2014
Religious Freedom a Big Deal
Harry M. Covert

No matter how ruthless local political fights may be, they are nothing in league with the genocide from radical Muslims in Iraq. Merely look at the television pictures from the mountainous Sinjar area.

August 7, 2014
Time for Some Anger
Harry M. Covert

The wonder of it all these days is when, really when, are Americans going to get mad as hell and not take it anymore?

August 5, 2014
Battles on the Hustings
Harry M. Covert

Amid the so-called dog days of summer, the weather has been rather appealing, in fact, not so bad after all. Prospects for a vibrant fall are looming big time, schools are getting ready to reopen, and the misanthropic political wars abound, not just around the world as have been previously noted, but throughout the communities and towns of Frederick.

July 31, 2014
Bookies over Pollsters
Harry M. Covert

The thing about polls, the political kind, is simply they allow political connoisseurs to become “experts” and, quite obviously, legends in their own minds.

July 29, 2014
Shock and Awe on Us
Harry M. Covert

From the sublime to the ridiculous. The best way to change leadership on levels is the ballot box. Watching the crowd in the nation’s capital is further proof they are out of touch with the nation.

July 24, 2014
Talking and Spending Without Relief
Harry M. Covert

For the first time in a few days I wasn’t awakened in the early morning hours at 2:30, 2:45 and 3 o’clock by the missile alerts from the latest iPhone APP. I don’t know what APP stands for but it works, at least until the battery ran out of juice.

July 22, 2014
Rockets’ Red Glare
Harry M. Covert

For the past week, I’ve been inundated with instant rocket reports slamming into Israel. The iPhone rings every few seconds that another town has been hit.

July 17, 2014
Frederick Goes to Texas
Harry M. Covert

Can there be any doubt the matter of illegal immigrants, now described as undocumented people, continues to exacerbate and befuddle governments all over the place?

July 15, 2014
CSA’s Bills of Credit
Harry M. Covert

The headline blared, “Middletown held for ransom – again.” Nope. Blaine’s Board of County Commissioners was not in the hot seat this time.

July 10, 2014
‘Gotcha’ or Art of Compromise
Harry M. Covert

Driving around and through the various and numerous communities of Frederick County there is, without doubt, a “Spirit of Place.” In other words, the county is unique, distinctive and cherished by the native-born and the “come-here’s.”

July 8, 2014
Finding Answers: Today’s BIG Question
Harry M. Covert

The ongoing social upheaval, unsavory at the least to many, is nothing new in the present day. Underlying people tremors are those constantly shaking up Frederick in every quarter. That is also true elsewhere in other states.

July 7, 2014
Miss Martin and Lou Gehrig
Harry M. Covert

Usually on Thursdays in the spring, Miss Martin read Homer’s Iliad to her sixth graders at John W. Daniel School. The windows were raised and we little tykes hoped a breeze would flow through the room. We didn’t have air conditioning in 1950.

July 1, 2014
Blather from Brazil
Harry M. Covert

Let us re-examine today the matter of winning. At least for this one time to discuss the alleged craze of “futbol” versus real All-American football, which supposedly has the attention of sports fans and all “real Americans.”

June 26, 2014
Amnesia of Good Citizens
Harry M. Covert

Apparently there is no rest for the weary. Lots of voters in Frederick County either had amnesia or just were too involved in other things to cast ballots this week. Plaudits are due each and every candidate who stood for offices.

June 24, 2014
The World is Still a Mess
Harry M. Covert

The idea that every nation and peoples of the world should be like the United States has gotten out of hand a bit. It is unnerving that the nation’s able diplomats and military men and women should try to enforce such nation building. This is somewhat foolhardy.

June 20, 2014
Soccer, Football and Voting
Harry M. Covert

The first leg of the political season comes to an end in four days when Tuesday’s primary voting for local and state offices stops. The real “knockdowns” then hit the streets, airwaves and printed pages almost immediately on the road to finality in November.

June 17, 2014
Prayer at the City Pulpit’
Harry M. Covert

It sure is nice and sweet for local leaders to be so inclusive to assorted lifestyles. It sure is more of a blessing the lawmakers want to open their public sessions with prayer. Perhaps the invocations will have a soothing effect on deliberations and keep things smooth.

June 12, 2014
Verify the Gossip, Innuendo – Please
Harry M. Covert

There are so many good things to write about in and around the city and county of Frederick. It is a pleasant challenge to pick and choose topics to beguile, befuddle and hopefully bemuse the smart citizens in all the various jurisdictions.

June 10, 2014
‘Nattering Nabobs’ Still Around Big Time
Harry M. Covert

The way I hear it is this. When a soldier walks away from his post, the Army has rules and regulations and investigators who immediately jump into action to determine the facts. That is before any adjudication gets under way.

June 6, 2014
The Suffering of Sgt. Bergdahl
Harry M. Covert

The righteous indignation being spewed about the repatriation of an American soldier has become nothing short of reprehensible, distorted and wrong with a capital “W,”

May 29, 2014
Watch Out for the Food Police
Harry M. Covert

This business of healthy eating has slowly but surely gotten out of hand. Food wizards all over the place forget that moderation is the key to good meals and dietary efficiency.

May 27, 2014
Endangered Species List Grows
Harry M. Covert

I took a friend at his word, “don’t be a one-note player.” About the same time I was reading humor from S. J. Perelman, “try everything once except incest and folk-dancing.”

May 23, 2014
Speeches Get Better with Dessert
Harry M. Covert

The tragedy of politics most of the time is listening to candidates worthy of votes. Too often ears are deafened because of pre-conditioned thoughts of party politics.

May 20, 2014
Success Usually Begins at Home
Harry M. Covert

It has been rather entertaining to hear of numerous graduation speakers declining invitations after a few students of various institutions put up objections.

May 15, 2014
Pride, Prejudice and Public Safety
Harry M. Covert

A story goes that a house burned down because the homeowner didn’t make a tax-free donation to a local volunteer fire department.

May 13, 2014
Here Comes da Judge
Harry M. Covert

A little known political campaign is under way in Frederick County. The winner receives a guaranteed 15-year term. The race truly benefits one and all. Without a doubt, the campaigning is dignified and honorable. It should be.

May 9, 2014
Victory Gardens Back in Style
Harry M. Covert

Sometimes answers to important community-minded projects can be too simple and easy. Fund-raising efforts are always going full blast throughout Frederick County. This is good and commendable for providers and recipients. Categories abound.

May 6, 2014
Ceremonial Pleas, So Be It
Harry M. Covert

Prayer before governmental deliberations is good. Prayer before sporting events is worthy. Prayer is praiseworthy and necessary before travel on “aeroplanes,” ocean liners and ferries, and before courtroom proceedings. The medical fraternity, physicians and nurses, dentists, chiropractors and even veterinarians agree that Divine appeals are effective.

May 1, 2014
Cocktails, Needles, Legalities
Harry M. Covert

Nine years have elapsed since Maryland used lethal injection to complete a death penalty case. Future capital cases are unlikely.

April 29, 2014
There is Always a Payday
Harry M. Covert

To those enjoying bonus years, after the normal three score and ten generally accepted by insurance guessers and church-goers of all sorts, mature days and years should be nice and free from foolhardiness and folly.

April 25, 2014
Biggest, Baddest, Local Option
Harry M. Covert

Just what are the issues, the real and true ones, facing residents of Frederick County’s many jurisdictions? Everybody has a pet one most assuredly, but sometimes it is rather difficult to figure out the biggest, the baddest and the most beneficial to one and all.

April 22, 2014
My Friends from High Places
Harry M. Covert

Every so often intelligent informed recipients of writers, commentators and word merchants of all stripes are entitled to knowing if the latter can honestly be considered worthy of their educated speculations, sentiments and assumptions.

April 17, 2014
Rabble, Babble and Frederick’s Issues
Harry M. Covert

In the land of the free and home of the brave what is more fun than keeping abreast of the nefarious activities under way in the “republic” of Frederick, both city and county.

April 15, 2014
Lessons for Holy Week
Harry M. Covert

Since my earliest days on this planet the oft-used word “luck” has always been considered a blessing from the Divine. Nothing has changed since those formative times. If anything the celestial consents seem more obvious.

April 8, 2014
Which Laws Should Be Ignored?
Harry M. Covert

The day must be on the horizon when Maryland's elected savants, the ones mostly on the left side of any questionable sense, will decide which criminal laws are to be ignored.

April 3, 2014
Fiddlin’ Around in Annapolis
Harry M. Covert

How in the world can a man retire these days with all of the shenanigans popping up in all quarters of Frederick, Annapolis, the federal city and Ashburn, Va.? The news libido keeps pumping. There is no rest for scribes of yore.

April 1, 2014
Largesse of Lirpa Loof
Harry M. Covert

On this meretricious day, not a national holiday by the way, practical jokes and hoaxes are often played on friends, enemies and most particularly politicians.

March 28, 2014
Student-Athletes Going the Way of All Flesh
Harry M. Covert

It's rather easy to take aim at government, politicians and all of the non-profit political parties that their fables are for the public's own good. Plus these entities are full targets for comment, good, bad and ugly

March 25, 2014
Even Mean Speech is Protected
Harry M. Covert

The matter of free speech surely, completely and without exception is certainly alive and well. Contrarians and other questioners need only remember the name of Fred Phelps. Thankfully he's not from Frederick.

March 20, 2014
Order in the Court, And Laughs, Too
Harry M. Covert

Amid all the opinionating, commentating and general word-smithing, it’s fun to be a note taker and anecdotist of sorts. It can be amazing what can be seen and heard keeping one’s eyes and ears open.

March 18, 2014
When Communities are Threatened!
Harry M. Covert

A few miles south down I-270, Alexandria citizens have become a bit uneasy. Who can blame them? A serial killer is on the loose and apparently has been for over a decade.

March 11, 2014
Shad, Shad Roe, Shad Planking and St. Patrick
Harry M. Covert

Pleasant bonuses usually arrive when least expected. These joys aren't always of the financial kind, even though the latter can be more than appreciated. This story comes right in the middle of St. Patrick's celebrations, the time of year when everybody is Irish or would like to be.

March 6, 2014
Mug Shots, Fingerprints, Smokers
Harry M. Covert

Lots of illegal pot smoking goes on around these parts, according to those in the know. Large numbers of citizens, young and old, have been locked up for buying, selling and using cannabis. The latter results in criminal records.

March 4, 2014
Black-Baggers Dropped the ‘Ball’
Harry M. Covert

Many people, wizened and otherwise, have long believed that Russia of the past and present is the Great Satan. It's probably a bit too late now, but the question looms: did American intelligence agencies drop the ball, completely and totally of late?

February 28, 2014
Iron Pants Brigade in High Gear
Harry M. Covert

Finally, it's that time of year for some divergence from various "silly-nesses" of the past few months. This is especially true throughout the Frederick communities where the political windup is now well underway as politics moves into high gear.

February 25, 2014
No Sneaking into Newsrooms
Harry M. Covert

Consider for a moment if Frederick's Board of County Commissioners or the City of Frederick’s aldermen decided to join the federal government and send agents, inspectors or political operatives into newsrooms of local newspapers, broadcasting houses and every online outlet.

February 20, 2014
The Price of Short Memories
Harry M. Covert

The major cause for so little interest in conservative partisan politics these days is rather simple. People suffer from short memories. The current crop of supposed leaders is out of their league.

February 18, 2014
In the Name of Heaven . . .
Harry M. Covert

Enough already, everybody. It's time now for some questions real and rhetorical. Maybe we're snow-crazy, but that can probably be explained.

February 14, 2014
When Scribes are 'Dissed'
Harry M. Covert

On this day when love may be bursting all over, we shut-ins have time to contemplate a world of this and that. Today in this space there is a correlation between sports and politics where amour is missing more often than not.

February 11, 2014
Thanks to the Scout Next Door
Harry M. Covert

The recent ice storm was an attention getter first-class. And, for a lot of families and homes in Frederick County. It did serve to get our minds off various foibles like how terrorists were going to disrupt the Olympics, candidates for the new county executive and county council or the future of Vice President Joe Biden.

February 6, 2014
Campaigns, Down & Dirty?
Harry M. Covert

The fact is well known, all politics is local. The good things of public service should rise, bottom to top, and not the reverse. It's not good when outside and national consultants like to infringe. They do and the landscape changes.

February 4, 2014
Baltimore 25, Washington 14, Frederick 1
Harry M. Covert

From a shopping center it's now time to return to reality and to city streets where statistics are still roaring out of control. The exception is Frederick, and that's a star in the crown. At least for the time being.

January 31, 2014
A Witty Night in the District
Harry M. Covert

With one swipe of a pen, and a poke in the eye, it’s what happened earlier this week during a joint session of Congress. About time, too.

January 28, 2014
Tragedy at the Mall
Harry M. Covert

There's no question that Saturday's shotgun murders and suicide at the Mall of Columbia is a high octane tragedy for everyone in every location local, state and nation.

January 23, 2014
Big Lessons of Governorships
Harry M. Covert

Whatever the facts prove to be, federal corruption charges leveled against Virginia's 71st governor are nothing short of astonishing. No such thing has ever occurred in the state known as the "Mother of Presidents."

January 21, 2014
Frederick and a Monarchy?
Harry M. Covert

Hoopdorff, The Netherlands – A few days in this quaint town just kilometers from Amsterdam, is a recharging experience. Here, in the midst of a charity conference, plans have been made for more educational supplies, more hygienic facilities and reports on the success of providing milk cows for villages.

January 17, 2014
Listen to the Medical Experts
Harry M. Covert

For over two decades, I've listened intently to the medical advice of the same physician, a superb boater and triage man first class. One time I ignored his words, "get a flu shot." Now that was dumb. He didn't say "I told you so," but he should have.

December 26, 2013
Will Sudanese War, Hunger Ever Stop?
Harry M. Covert

The travesty and tragedy of civil war, hunger and famine continues in Africa in the midst of the Christian holiday celebrations. The latest eruptions of murder and mayhem are in The Sudan. This time fighting between rebels, farmers and shepherds in the in the new nation of South Sudan.

December 20, 2013
Holiday Communiqués to Consider
Harry M. Covert

As the days slip by in nervous anticipation for the arrival of Christmas morn, greetings by electronic mail and front-door delivery are also appearing, mostly unsigned and incognito.

December 12, 2013
The President and Wagging Tongues
Harry M. Covert

There he was. The President of the United States, along with four predecessors and some other 91 world leaders paying homage to the late Nelson Mandela in a massive Johannesburg, South Africa, stadium.

December 10, 2013
Privatizing Not Always Good
Harry M. Covert

One Sunday afternoon each month it was a pre-teen's bounden duty to visit the hometown Old Folks Home. The fun was distributing cookies, cake and smiles, handshakes and hugs.

December 6, 2013
Name-Dropping at its Best
Harry M. Covert


Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner – or payday. Then there's this one, you can always tell people from (you pick the state) but you can't tell them much. Smile, please.

December 3, 2013
Christmas, Santa and Toys
Harry M. Covert

Childhood days make the Christmas season the happiest times in most lives. In this particular case Christmas trees were the real thing, artificial trees had never reached my family and it was usually on Christmas Eve that most families brought in felled cedars and spruces.

November 28, 2013
Happy Repasts and Heroes
Harry M. Covert

Regardless of when or where or who started the feast day, or who set aside the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving Day is one of remembrance, joy and hope.

November 26, 2013
Cowards on the Prowl
Harry M. Covert

Using the term "kids" referring to those from the cradle to their 20s and some to their 30s has always been anathema in this quarter.

November 22, 2013
A Momentous Month, JFK Remembered
Harry M. Covert

The 11th month is always a good one, especially when the 11th hour and the 11th minute are remembered with honor, and red poppies are seen everywhere.

November 19, 2013
Frederick's Interesting People: Characters
Harry M. Covert

Just when it seemed daily life might return to the important stuff like the coming holidaying season in Frederick, and that everyone could delve into a book of characters, the bedraggled post office couldn't deliver.

November 12, 2013
Role Models That Matter
Harry M. Covert

What could be better than waking up every morning not seeing your name in obituary columns? There are certainly many answers to that, but being a bit nosey there's a lot to learn from the notices.

November 8, 2013
A Momentous Month
Harry M. Covert

The 11th month is always a good one, especially when the 11th hour and the 11th minute are remembered with honor and red poppies are seen everywhere.

November 5, 2013
Merge the Police and Sheriff's Office
Harry M. Covert

As the City of Frederick marches on after today's balloting, and the county looks forward to a charter form of leadership, perhaps some consolidation of services should be considered.

October 31, 2013
The Secrets Are Still Secret
Harry M. Covert

The most popular books, movies and television shows are those dealing with espionage, covert action and the secret world of intelligence.

October 29, 2013
Bonfires and Scaring the Witches
Harry M. Covert

This is not a fairy tale; but once upon a time children enjoyed All Hallows Eve, running up and down neighborhoods and downtowns dressed in costumes depicting all kinds of gremlins, goblins, ghosts, angels and imps.

October 25, 2013
Borrowing from Cliché Files
Harry M. Covert

The old cliché, all politics is local, hits Frederick City 11 days from today. Every registered voter has a distinct duty to select the mayor and members of the aldermanic board.

October 22, 2013
No Rack-and-Ruin in Sight
Harry M. Covert

Now that the sky didn't fall everybody can get back to eating fried chicken, chicken and dumplings and mashed potatoes and gravy.


October 17, 2013
When Asterisks Replace Words
Harry M. Covert

After due diligence, broad research and deep contemplation, it can be said the toughest jobs in the nation's capital belong to the chaplains of the Senate and House.

October 15, 2013
Bulletin: Shame on the Politicians
Harry M. Covert

In a moment of facetious pique, it was suggested that the ‘Current Occupant’ of the Executive Branch declare martial law because the nation is in a State of Emergency.

October 11, 2013
Stop Bullying the Redskins
Harry M. Covert

The assault on Daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins has gotten a bit much. The vendetta is out of hand and more than just plain silly.

October 8, 2013
No Tail Wagging the Dog
Harry M. Covert

In the land of liberty, majority votes still count. It continues to be a major impertinence that the tail still wants to wag the dog making traditional life uncomfortable and unnecessary.

October 3, 2013
Comparing Costs and Values
Harry M. Covert

"Penny wise and pound foolish" and 'they know the cost of everything but not the value of anything." Sounds mighty familiar these days, not only in the nation's capital but in Frederick County, MD.

October 1, 2013
Honest Politicians? Read On . . .
Harry M. Covert

The wireless blared, "knuckleheads in the news." As the good people expressed various concerns about a federal government shutdown, it wasn't an attempt at humor at the expense of the national electeds.

September 27, 2013
The Chigger’s Alive, The Deadline Looms
Harry M. Covert

It's a fearful thing to get all excited by the scary antics taking place at First Street SE, in Washington. Those who dare can visit the historical facilities called the United States Capitol.

September 24, 2013
Sad Times in the House Chambers
Harry M. Covert

Warning, gentle reader, the following may cause considerable indigestion, deep thought, scintillating wonder and probably anger. Hopefully each of these will come true.

September 19, 2013
A Case for Common Sense
Harry M. Covert

How to deal with those of mental and physical impairments is a serious matter. Awareness and education should begin at family and community levels long before public difficulties ensue.

September 17, 2013
The Case of Fatal Weapons
Harry M. Covert

All the international discussion about killing with chemical weapons is without doubt worthy of the hand-wringing about one of the worst forms of weapons of war.

September 13, 2013
Voting's Next Stage: Online
Harry M. Covert

Rhetorical questions are important sometimes. Here's one for today: Has the fun, seriousness and importance of local elections reached the end of the line?

September 10, 2013
I Paid To Vote in the Old Days
Harry M. Covert

One of the most exciting days of the year for me has always been Election Day. This day not only has been the climax of political campaigning and campaigners; but, back in my young days, it was somewhat of a social event, really a fun day.

September 5, 2013
Doing Good Gets the Boot
Harry M. Covert

When fires explode and vehicle accidents interrupt traffic to the discomfort of travelers as well as victims, 911 calls aren't answered by city or county code enforcement offices.

August 30, 2013
Juggling and Labor Day
Harry M. Covert

Labor Day is a perfect time to revisit the first day of the first job. The experience sticks with most people, no matter the passage of time.

August 22, 2013
An Afternoon with Martin – 50 Years Ago
Harry M. Covert

It’s a warm June afternoon in 1962. At about 4 o’clock I was in the vestibule of the Hampton Institute chapel. A light breeze flowed through the windows raised about 12 inches.

August 16, 2013
'Pot Parties' for Politicos
Harry M. Covert

Is the next big social upheaval and battle ground slinking its way into the Free State? How soon will the money-raising events for politicos at all ranks simply become "pot parties?" Or, smoking for the poor and needy?

August 8, 2013
What Would Charlie Keller Say?
Harry M. Covert

Is it any wonder lots and lots of people want to live longer, a century-plus perhaps, that modern medical wonders offer opportunities to not look our ages, that telecasting has become a constant barrage of believe-it-or-not cockamamie schemes?

August 2, 2013
A Brotherhood Culture
Harry M. Covert

Those who dare call attention to – or to comment about – the increasing Muslim influence in Maryland communities and throughout the 50 states must take great precaution in their words

July 25, 2013
Don't Filter the News
Harry M. Covert

When reporters report the news, they're not participating in a popularity contest. They're supposed to give the facts fairly and objectively.

July 19, 2013
Belly Buttons, Amnesia & Mobbing
Harry M. Covert

Sometimes discretion is the greater part of valor. There is no dearth of opinionators, though, about how the legal system just failed everybody in the "land of sun and fun."

July 5, 2013
Sequel, Homicide: Life on the Streets
Harry M. Covert

The Georgia cooking queen has been paying the price for using imprudent and careless adjectives of known ill-repute. A Florida murder trial is blared across the news system as the most grievous of modern times.

June 27, 2013
Welcome Mat for Mr. Snowden
Harry M. Covert

Aw, shucks. Just when it looked like Alexandria (VA) would be “home” to another spy he’s slipped through the grasp of authorities. Sadly, it’s the story of a Maryland boy.

June 21, 2013
A Vitriolic Political Campaign Underway
Harry M. Covert

What can be better than putting the kibosh on a man of the cloth, especially if that clergyman is an aficionado of the old time religion? That’s happening and devotees of separation of church and state have broadened its meaning. Making progress? Indeed.

June 13, 2013
So ‘Un-Virginia Like’
Harry M. Covert

It may be too early for some to think a Virginia governor may have to resign before his term is completed. It could happen.

June 7, 2013
The Art of Grilling
Harry M. Covert

This has been an interesting week in Frederick. The grass had been cut. It was time to nap. A relaxing afternoon? Not quite. Just as eyelids closed neighbors burst into the house and in loud voices, “somebody has smashed the car window.”

May 30, 2013
The Business of Frederick is More Business
Harry M. Covert

Few cities or towns remain quaint and cuddly. The Golden Mile running down Frederick’s West Patrick Street, a.k.a. Route 40, is a fine example of good food, good gas and generally good shopping.

May 24, 2013
Numbers in the News from 37 and 45
Harry M. Covert

Just like the boon to reporters from the Milhous Mess of the 37th president, amnesia emanating from the current 0ccupant, re-ignites the Fourth Estate. Seems like a good thing too, returning the gabblers and scribblers to their real job.

May 16, 2013
Bugging Reporters, Threats from FBI, IRS
Harry M. Covert

Miss Marple, one of the best fictional detectives, says “tell the truth and shame the devil.” She is also known to remark that “Americans have a lot to answer for,” even if meant tongue in cheek.

May 10, 2013
Unruly Dinners with the Colonists
Harry M. Covert

An era has arrived in a major assault on the history of the continental United States. Seems like the progressives’ time is bound and determined to disparage, decry and devoid the colonials.

May 2, 2013
Packin’ for Individual Safety
Harry M. Covert

I want to be sensitive here. The president’s remarks at the Boston Bombing memorial service were soothing, important, tender and touching.

April 12, 2013
An Unexpected Star Shines Bright
Harry M. Covert

Problems in public schools most of the time come from those who manage them, not the teachers most of whom are stymied by highly-paid administrators engrossed in political correctness.

April 4, 2013
Baseball, the Divine Game
Harry M. Covert

I can’t resist. I’m glad spring has sprung even if somewhat still chilly and windy. How surprising it might be if forecasters could be accurate and another snow storm finds its way. Maybe some coming Frederick political battles could be cooled.

March 29, 2013
Holy Week with Easter Egg Trees
Harry M. Covert

Driving around the pleasant countryside of Frederick County gives proof to a trite old saying: “It’s amazing what you can see if you keep your eyes open.”

March 21, 2013
The Bid for Justice or Mercy
Harry M. Covert

Except in special cases, seldom does the death penalty bring about much conversation pro or con on all sides of the political spectrum. It’s not a cut and dried matter and must not be taken lightly.


March 15, 2013
The Quality of America’s Cardinals
Harry M. Covert

In light of recent international events, I confess here and now that my favorite Cardinals have always been Americans. First is a favorite son of Donora, PA, and the other from Boston, MA. There is a third American now on my list, but more about that later.

March 7, 2013
The Real Cause of The Problems
Harry M. Covert

Crime runs rampant these days and it’s not the blame of the media, or local, state and national financial crises, or because school teachers and administrators are avoiding responsibilities.

March 1, 2013
At Bat With the ‘Iron Man’
Harry M. Covert

After five standing ovations I stopped counting. The capacity crowd was a happy bunch. Applause from the seated patrons was loud and often including the balcony.

February 21, 2013
The Murky Case of the Movie Ticket
Harry M. Covert

Knee-jerk reactions are difficult to overcome particularly when our own children are involved. Above all, when physically and mentally challenged citizens have difficulties, our hearts and minds are wrecked.

February 15, 2013
The Art of Being Offended
Harry M. Covert

How to be offended? Let me count the ways. In this era when everybody is always exasperated, hurt, insulted, outraged and provoked by something, I am beginning to feel as though there should be a national day for crybabies.

February 7, 2013
Lessons from the Basketball Court
Harry M. Covert

Opportunities come when least expected for sure and seen especially true in sports and politics where ideals of right and wrong often are in dispute.

February 1, 2013
Attention: Uncle Sam Wants You
Harry M. Covert

Lots of witticisms, jokes and uncouth remarks can be made about allowing women in combat. Some people might think it’s another giant step in bringing about equality of the sexes. I’m not so sure.

January 24, 2013
From Gorgeous George, Charlie Keller to Beyoncé
Harry M. Covert

Back in the olden days as the hot blood of youth began to bubble and gurgle, I learned at an early age when something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

January 18, 2013
Serving the Public can be Deadly
Harry M. Covert

Headlines blared “sheriff’s deputies killed a man who had a gun.” The follow up was “deputies fired at least 18 shots.” Definitely eye catchers for readers. Lots of interest in these days of gun control battles.

January 10, 2013
Bootstraps and the Three R’s
Harry M. Covert

It can be rather tough for us columnists and commentators and know-it-alls, carrying the weight of affairs on our shoulders. Somehow we manage. It’s troubling to this space-filler that humor and laughter seem to have been lost through our daily travails and worries about which charitable group we’re going to contribute.

November 30, 2012
Acting with Astuteness
Harry M. Covert

It’s always exciting for reporters and editors when new police chiefs, sheriffs and judges are appointed. Readers love these stories and I can attest to that after years of covering and then working in law enforcement.

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.

November 16, 2012
Fun in the Fourth Estate
Harry M. Covert

On the day I was sworn in as a member of the Fourth Estate, I was told to keep my eyes open, my ears ever on the alert, keep notes and never forget the five “w’s” and an “h.”

November 9, 2012
The Jackal is Still Around
Harry M. Covert

Money, money, money. A nice sound and it’s not filthy lucre unless, of course, it’s the undying love of legal tender, but who can tell?

November 2, 2012
The Lousy Job of Poll-Taking
Harry M. Covert

Polls seem to have overtaken all facets of living, scientific or not. Thankfully I’ve escaped the robo telephone calls, but I still get flooded by requests for my opinion from Internet sites – newspapers, banks, sports teams and the like.

October 26, 2012
How to Pay More and Like It
Harry M. Covert

All the chatter running amok to create a charter government flies in the face of the alleged desire for less and smaller county-wide rule. This vital proposal comes smack in the middle of the critical national elections.

October 19, 2012
New Rules for Political Jousting?
Harry M. Covert

I am grateful this political season is coming to a climax – and none too soon. Maybe, just maybe, television will get back to some semblance of order and entertainment, even though I can’t think of any programs I want to see.

October 12, 2012
Books: Frederick's Endangered Species
Harry M. Covert

Being frugal is a good thing. Knowing the cost of everything and not the value of anything is a sign of poor leadership. It's also a bad omen of things to come for citizens of Frederick County when the elected officials decide to censor library books.

October 5, 2012
Jitneys to Journalism
Harry M. Covert

Back in the gentle days of my childhood, it was fun riding the city bus, from the stop near my house to the end of the route and back. Gosh, it was a joy and, no kidding, this five year old wasn’t in danger of being attacked or abused by the friendly driver.

September 21, 2012
Has the Time Come for Compulsory Voting?
Harry M. Covert

The serious business of voting always has a happy side. Candidates are special and can make the races fun as they go for the gold, another word for hard work.

September 14, 2012
Burning Ears, Enough is Enough
Harry M. Covert

The other day driving just a few miles over the limit, I was listening to one of the sports radio stations. The experts were newspaper sportswriters turned sportscasters, who were prattling on the state of football and baseball.

August 31, 2012
Nations’ Leaders? It’s Easy: Showalter & Johnson
Harry M. Covert

Even though a hurricane attempted to sideline a political convention this week, the real excitement has been the typhoons under way in Maryland and Washington. These latter whirling dervishes, borrowing an old sports writing cliché, involve the sporting life.

August 24, 2012
Laughing at the Gotchas
Harry M. Covert

It may be the so-called dog days of summer now, but there is a great hope for better days and funnier days. Politicians on the campaign trail are working overtime to give the populace some splendid laughs.

August 10, 2012
Chicken, Lip-locking and the National Mall
Harry M. Covert

I guess I’m not as open-minded as I thought. I’ve needed many years to learn how to eat chicken. It began in my grandmother’s backyard. She asked my uncle to grab a hen so there could be chicken and dumplings for supper.

August 3, 2012
Don’t Forget Pencils When Invaders Strike
Harry M. Covert

I know some old saws and it’s a good thing to recall some of them every now and then, particularly in this age of sloppy talk, slovenly dressing and “expertise” in all areas.

July 27, 2012
Where are the anti-stabbers?
Harry M. Covert

The headline blared “3 Stabbed During Melee.” Halfway down the page, before the fold, the smaller headline was “Youth Police Academy aims to ease fears.” This was in Frederick, not in Colorado, or Washington. Good news coverage and good reporting.

July 20, 2012
Frederick Fair’s Upcoming Night to Remember
Harry M. Covert

I can hardly wait for this year’s Great Frederick Fair, a nine-day spectacular for everybody. It is always a fun time, plenty of good food, bunches of people from all over and farmers and farm animals large and small.

July 13, 2012
Bookies, Bettors and Frederick?
Harry M. Covert

I was never any good at pitching pennies. I’ve never had any success at the few times I deigned to play the lottery. Chances to hit the right numbers for the big money are slim to none.

July 6, 2012
Mayberry Alive and Well
Harry M. Covert

Sheriff Andy Taylor succumbed this week. Thankfully we won’t forget him and should not. In our hearts he represented the good man, the good citizen, the good public official. Actually he was the epitome of what Alexis de Tocqueville said, “America is great because America is good.”

June 22, 2012
We’ve Forgotten Emma Lazarus’ Words
Harry M. Covert

I believe in law and order. I am a devotee of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are the basic tenets of civil and religious life in Maryland and the rest of the 50 states. There’s no question we like to brag about this all over.

June 15, 2012
Betsy Ross and Free Speech
Harry M. Covert

It's important to honor and revere Old Glory and not just on the day set aside as Flag Day. The official observance was yesterday, June 14. It didn't have to be a federal holiday, a day off, to be a proud flag waving day.

June 8, 2012
Happy Living Through Coffee, Candy Bars
Harry M. Covert

I hope the talk emanating from the northern climes, New York City specifically, limiting sizes of soft drinks, doesn't float down to the Mid-Atlantic and other southern areas.

June 1, 2012
How to be a Governor!
Harry M. Covert

It’s no longer true that the “business of America is business.” Today, the business of American society is politics, the continuing campaigns for public office, the daily money begging to fund these races on all levels. And it’s not cheap to mount these battles for the public hearts and minds.

May 25, 2012
Memorial Day: They’re All Heroes
Harry M. Covert

I stand in awe of the brave military men and women who have served the nation. The closest I ever got to military service was as a Civil Air Patrol cadet back in the peaceful days of the 1950s.

May 18, 2012
Drones, Spitters and Flogging Rooms
Harry M. Covert

We can’t let this week slip by without acknowledging National Police Week. This commemoration and celebration has drawn thousands of policemen/women, sheriff’s deputies, Border Patrol, Secret Service, U. S. Marshals and all types of the law enforcement officers to greater Washington.

May 11, 2012
‘Little Thinkers are Big Stinkers’
Harry M. Covert

I began traveling the world as a boy. How fortunate I was. My trips sent me to London, Paris, Moscow, Berlin and even to the Asian Pacific. I met those figures of the time, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

April 13, 2012
The Furor of Free Speech and Good Manners
Harry M. Covert

In a day and age when lots of people wear their feelings on their sleeves, is it possible the American society has become a bit too soft?

April 6, 2012
G-Whiz The G-8
Harry M. Covert

When a president visits a local community, it’s a big deal. Frederick County is no stranger to such visits from the present and to previous American presidents since World War II.

March 23, 2012
A Reporter’s Life Can Be Fun
Harry M. Covert

I’m a bit prejudiced, but I’ve always believed that all work by public agencies is clearly the business of the people and should be made available to news organizations without delay and before their deadlines.

March 16, 2012
Blue Jeans, Blue Language and Gas Bags
Harry M. Covert

There are several good sides to the meanness being seen and heard these days on the local, state and national political stages. I’m truly astonished by the conduct of those running for the highest office in the land, about their discourtesy to each other and to what seems to me as disrespect for the presidency which they seek.

March 9, 2012
Cash and Carry, Amen
Harry M. Covert

It took a federal judge to say what’s obvious, that Marylanders have a right to carry concealed weapons and they don’t have to prove to anyone why they need them.

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