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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

June 27, 2017
Make Frederick Great Again? The Saga Set
Harry M. Covert

The beat goes on. Attention can now be shifted back to where it has always been the most important, to the highways and byways of localities.

June 22, 2017
Equal Rights on the Beach
Harry M. Covert

For the moment I'm leaving the political gas-bagging to others. My intention here is to be delicate, put on my gentleman's expression and attempt to portray dignity.

June 15, 2017
Another Civil War?
Harry M. Covert

What a wakeup call. When the blaring news is close to home, there's no lollygagging waiting for the coffee. This time the "breaking news" was real stuff.

June 13, 2017
Free Speech and Dirty Talking
Harry M. Covert

It is rather curious how careless well-known figures can be in the public arena with their words and conduct. The questionable talk is totally out of control and should not be described as locker room or drunken sailors expletives.

June 13, 2017
Free Speech and Dirty Talking
Harry M. Covert

It is rather curious how careless well-known figures can be in the public arena with their words and conduct. The questionable talk is totally out of control and should not be described as locker room or drunken sailors expletives.

June 8, 2017
Tales from Political and Sporting Bouts
Harry M. Covert

Waiting for the Fightin' Washington Nationals game to play on television Wednesday, I caught the muggles hard at vocalizing. To be accurate, they, the news gals and guys, and then those on the Senate Intelligence Committee, were knocking themselves out to come up with a way for outright impeachment of the billionaire.

June 6, 2017
The Sky's Not Going to Fall
Harry M. Covert

Ohmigosh. Apologies to the faithful readers of this space. It must be time to panic. According to the alleged know-it-alls, those of us whose hearts are still beating, plus those depending on their cardiologists, the world may be coming to an end.

June 1, 2017
And, the Sports World Rolls On
Harry M. Covert

There's no better way to prepare for political writing than covering sports. The latter reaches almost everybody, especially when homegrown athletes accomplish extraordinary achievements.

May 30, 2017
The Secret of the Radicals
Harry M. Covert

It's the day after. Yes, the day after honoring the nation's fallen military heroes. The cost of freedom? This is no time to be verbose or philosophical. Practicality may be the answer.

May 25, 2017
Terrorism in Mufti
Harry M. Covert

There's no reason to beat around the bushes. The scourge of terrorism continues to plague the planet, and our security agencies continue their alerts and preparations to protect us.

May 23, 2017
Moab is Our Washpot
Harry M. Covert

Most of the times it's imperative just to laugh and chuckle at all of the goings-on in the political world. If we don't grin and bear it with all of booyah, we lose good thinking when laughs are better.

May 18, 2017
Can We Survive Drivel, Piffle & Twaddle
Harry M. Covert

It's time to turn a deaf ear to the cacophony of tintabulations, you know the loopy bell ringers in Washington whose dying duty is to try and remove the sitting president. Won't work.

May 16, 2017
Are You Ready for Local Campaigns?
Harry M. Covert

The electioneering season is now well underway again in Frederick County and city. On the surface all seems smooth, but underneath heavy duty plans have been under way, and everybody is lining up for what may well be an exciting knock-down and drag-out season.

May 11, 2017
Visit Mr. Hoover's Ghost
Harry M. Covert

The current bumptiousness ongoing among the nation's elite – the know-it-all's – is something to behold and brings more cause to be concerned about the country's health.

May 4, 2017
Kicking the Cans, Rising Tides
Harry M. Covert

Usually, people who enjoy marching, I mean walking, in so-called protest activities only benefit from news coverage. With all of the real ongoing tragedies throughout the planet, global warming or climate change is one of those feel-good issues of no consequence at the moment.

April 27, 2017
History, Maturity and Secession
Harry M. Covert

Three items are on today's agenda. As has been mentioned so many times in these parts, memorials of Confederate personages continue to be written out of history, as if the antebellum and reconstruction periods never occurred.

April 24, 2017
A City Manager for Frederick? No!
Harry M. Covert

There is a lot of humor in all areas for political watchers. To those keeping ears and eyes attuned to goings on at city and town halls throughout Frederick County, the guffaws are abundant.

April 20, 2017
Chaos Becoming the Landscape
Harry M. Covert

Let's talk about chaos. No, not the James Bond movie but the mobocracy, or bedlam, or pandemonium, or unruliness underway throughout the land. Add to these ill-manners, no etiquette and plain and simple indiscriminate crime.

April 14, 2017
Bail Bonds a Public Service
Harry M. Covert

The Maryland bail bond industry has been under assault in the legislature. Apparently, lots of public servants have benefitted. It must be noted many people have been able to get out of jail while their cases are adjudicated.

April 11, 2017
Gravitas and 'Messages'
Harry M. Covert

I lost count of the times in the past few days I heard and read that "Mr. Trump finally became president," that he "has sent a message" and "there's a new sheriff in town."

April 7, 2017
Gassing vs. Bombs and Bullets
Harry M. Covert

I am commiserating with the ongoing tragedy in Syria. Incredibly, the chemical warfare that killed so many innocents has far surpassed the pale of evil some have called war crimes.

April 4, 2017
When Muckrakers Were In
Harry M. Covert

Like political aficionados all around these days, naïveté among the masses is rather overwhelming. To begin with, frequent world travelers know all this alleged hysteria about Russian interference doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

March 31, 2017
Yes, New Candidate Rules, et al
Harry M. Covert

Now, here's a potpourri of the hottest news collected by extreme vetting, stealth work from special correspondents, leakers extraordinaire and generally accepted experts without portfolios and non-Internet users.

March 30, 2017
The Challenge of School Days
Harry M. Covert

It is almost impossible to honestly discuss the constant disturbing troubles facing students, teachers and administrators in today's school systems. This is a dramatic time of widespread care and concern.

March 27, 2017
'Pusillanimous Pests' in Annapolis
Harry M. Covert

My habit when researching anything about Maryland has always been to look at history of Charm City and then Annapolis, where lots of smart people are loitering. Unfortunately they hang around in the State House on the assumption they have the best intentions for citizens of the Free State.

March 24, 2017
Illegals Find Frederick 'Friends'
Harry M. Covert

On the matter of Maryland House of Delegates Bill 1362, it opens the incredible possibility that lawbreakers and other criminals can have sanctuary from prosecution by legal authority.

March 23, 2017
Sanctuary Law and Disorder
Harry M. Covert

Will oaths of office have meaning any longer other than mere words? Certainly words, whether printed or verbal, have consequences, as do elections, particularly at the federal level.

March 16, 2017
No 'Green Eggs and Ham'
Harry M. Covert

Tradition says all who celebrate Irish heritage should report to city halls tomorrow morning. Mayors and surrogates are supposed to paint youngsters' posteriors green.

March 14, 2017
The 'Incoming Inclemency'
Harry M. Covert

At the behest of weather experts, advance precautions were made on Monday, the day of this writing, for the anticipated snow inconvenience, which may turn roadways into horrible hazards and everybody home bound. No fighting, please.

March 10, 2017
Trouble above the 38th Parallel
Harry M. Covert