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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

February 9, 2016
Electing The School Board
Harry M. Covert

Candidates are lining up, filling out requirements for the campaign, and I’m preparing for conversations regarding the battles for the Frederick County Board of Education. This electoral process is – without doubt – one of the most important for every family and all the youngsters going to classes.

February 2, 2016
Bible Speak, Politics, Oodles
Harry M. Covert

All the late tittle tattle about how to speak in Bible, most particularly among the political class, is rather interesting, fun and nonsense. Actually, at the risk of starting verbal combat, the King James Version traditionalists hold fast to the orthodoxy. It ain’t funny, folks, particularly to those “standing on the promises.”

January 26, 2016
Bonhomie and the Blizzard
Harry M. Covert

It’s too easy to comment on the weather. In a few more days things may be back in order. And everybody concerned with the failings, foibles and foolishness in political battles can get back to the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

January 19, 2016
Maury Hassett – Bon Vivant, WWII Hero
Harry M. Covert

It is Friday, May 8 2015. The big screen is blaring and the Friday friend’s lunch group is just getting started at The Shamrock gabbing about the events of the day, mostly about local events and most assuredly about politics of all sorts. The chatter was in fun, from experience and comradery, better than I’ve ever experienced.

January 14, 2016
Ethics, Oaths and Red Herrings
Harry M. Covert

When good citizens decide to stand for public office, they must get fitted for iron pants, a strong constitution and mental perspicacity to withstand assaults verbal and otherwise.

January 12, 2016
Official Disclosure for Readers
Harry M. Covert

To use slang expressions describing miscreants, bad guys and gals and others from around Frederick County and the world is looked down upon. Probably should, too.

January 7, 2016
Time for Serious Action
Harry M. Covert

How exciting. We’re in the New Year and it seems the world continues to be messier than ever, and those of us fortunate to be Fredericktonians are in pretty good shape.

December 31, 2015
Resolutions and Good Intentions
Harry M. Covert

The calendar has slipped by. In a few hours 2016 is here, and lots of people will consider resolutions for various and sundry things.

December 29, 2015
Persons of the Year
Harry M. Covert

Just who are the Persons of the Year for 2015? You guessed it. There are some interesting selections for Frederick County and all the environs.

December 22, 2015
Christmas Week is Finally Here
Harry M. Covert

There is nothing better than Christmas week. This is especially true on The Morning of the 25th as all the beautifully wrapped presents and candy galore takeover. Even before the steaming coffee arrives in our Holiday Mugs, stockings over the fireplace are raided with candies and treats all sorts.

December 10, 2015
Be Prepared Everyone
Harry M. Covert

Finally, a university president who shows some intestinal fortitude. In my own words without apology in today’s vernacular and easy to understand the description is plain and simple G U T S.

December 1, 2015
In Defense of the Public Prints?
Harry M. Covert

I am glad to see some uproar from Frederick County readers who have taken exception to the front page reporting of a Christian prayer at the Sabillasville Elementary School half-century celebration.

November 26, 2015
Celebrating the Blessings
Harry M. Covert

This is a grand and glorious day for all, at least those fortunate enough to be blessed by residing in Frederick County, MD, other communities of the Free State and, the rest of the nation.

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