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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

December 6, 2016
Frederick County’s Leadership Scramble
Harry M. Covert

All eyes throughout Frederick County today will be on Winchester Hall, headquarters of the county’s council. It won’t be surprising that the lawmakers’ own cable television channel will have a nice big viewership.

December 2, 2016
Entering the Shades of Hades
Harry M. Covert

They were rejoicing and exceedingly glad. Reverie in Miami and throughout Cuban communities, even here in Frederick, was ecstatic. What brought about the excitement and enthusiasm along with tears of joy? A rather easy answer. Death finally greeted Fidel Castro, the American hater.

November 29, 2016
Cops and Robbers and Warrants
Harry M. Covert

This business of sanctuary cities, colleges and churches so popular again after the national histrionics is rather stupid and insidious. There is something we follow called The Rule of Law.

November 24, 2016
Navel-gazing and Turkey Day
Harry M. Covert

We can all be forgiven if navel-gazing and full stomachs are truly the order of today. The worries of the world and surrounding communities can be revitalized tomorrow.

November 22, 2016
The Dollar a Year Man
Harry M. Covert

In the midst of this happy week, there is a lot for all to be thankful most assuredly. There are plenty of joys to go around. How exciting to be with family and food and sporting activities.

November 17, 2016
No Reason to Shiver and Shake
Harry M. Covert

Now that transition of the government is undergoing such love and friendliness, who can barely wait for the new political style to arrive?

November 10, 2016
A Fun Ride Coming
Harry M. Covert

Still awake at 2:40 in the morning unable to reach The Land of Nod, it was impossible yesterday to hit the remote control off buttons for both the television set and laptop online. The ongoing cacophony about the stunning change on the national landscape had me alert.

November 8, 2016
Salute Our Nation’s Real Heroes
Harry M. Covert

Time has now arrived. Jokes and jokers, wisecracks and wiseacres along with the dis-and-misinformation poohbahs can be sent to the woodshed. I want to return to some important matters.

November 3, 2016
Reading the Mail
Harry M. Covert

In the midst of this human Internet, there are many smiles and great rewards. Don't quit perusing these paragraphs yet, please! There is more to come, good stuff for sure if you remain faithful.

November 1, 2016
Prayer, Séances, Other Amalgamations
Harry M. Covert

It's the morning after. Hopefully bobbing for apples is done for another year, sweet tooths are satisfied at least for today and sugar antidotes are working.

October 27, 2016
Bonus Pay Not on the Menu
Harry M. Covert

If stupid things are enacted in other states and commonwealths, they can surely occur everywhere else. Surprised? Don't be. This is a never ending battle.

October 25, 2016
Potpourri and Baseball
Harry M. Covert

How exciting the next few days are going to be. In my dreams I was seeing the Nationals and the Orioles in their World Series finest, playing first in Baltimore and then in Washington.


October 21, 2016
President Consort or SOPOUS
Harry M. Covert

We need a break from all of the impertinences us good people have been enduring. Do I have to explain them? Of course not.

October 18, 2016
Trickle-Down is Alive and Well
Harry M. Covert

Ivory towers remain supreme out of the nation's capital and the trickling down may have reached an all-time gully washer.

October 17, 2016
The Duty is Almost Here
Harry M. Covert

Well, now, if the campaigning hasn’t turned voters into cynics, it’s rather close. Thankfully, we're in the home stretch. Let's just count the days as they fly by to November 8.

October 10, 2016
The Talk of Today
Harry M. Covert

It would certainly have been thrilling to be the fly on the wall Sunday afternoon prior to the Gladiators' jousting about the good, the bad and the ugly.

October 4, 2016
An Epidemic of Stretchers
Harry M. Covert

Has society crossed the Rubicon? Consider for a moment the impact of hokum and snow job language the national election campaigns are having on the public.

September 26, 2016
A Night to Remember
Harry M. Covert

On this date 56 years ago, the nation’s presidential election campaigns changed forever. Television was transformed into the monumental tool for politics and politicians.

September 23, 2016
Day at the Fair
Harry M. Covert

How about the success of the Great Frederick Fair? Good times had by all! Much to my chagrin I missed the tractor pull, demolition derby and looking over all of the farm animals. Maybe next year.

September 22, 2016
Details in the Reading
Harry M. Covert

Just when this class was heading to a written exam of U.S. history, a confession is in order today. Please note "to err is human to forgive is divine."

September 19, 2016
Edith Wilson Deserves 1-A
Harry M. Covert

Will the class please come to order! Notebooks of all sorts are allowed and it matters not a whit if you're chewing Wrigley's or Double Bubble, but please no snuff, nor Red Man, Beech Nut, or Skoal.

September 16, 2016
All is Normal, Rather Good
Harry M. Covert

The current age of general boo-hooing, belly-aching, begging for apologies, street marches and other sorts of protesting is something to behold. Everybody, to be quite serious, has some gripe. What would the world be if everything was smooth as a baby's bottom? Don't answer the question.

September 12, 2016
The Golden Opportunity
Harry M. Covert

How pleasant the words, The Golden Mile. They are quite like twinkling lights that invite opportunity for Frederick. This is not a new talking point. It is one returning to the exciting world of entrepreneurs, developers, business leaders and everyday people.

September 8, 2016
Calm before the Storm?
Harry M. Covert

Thank goodness. We survived the predicted heavy rain and wind that didn’t arrive. There was no need for the states of emergencies, but preparation was vital. A happy and joyful Labor Day it was. It was the calm before a storm which could still erupt.

September 2, 2016
His Excellency and Labor Day
Harry M. Covert

All the hullabaloo about starting school after Labor Day in Frederick County and the rest of Maryland is interesting and not the least bit entertaining.

September 1, 2016
Finally, Illegitimacy of ‘Testing’
Harry M. Covert

It was a pleasant story. The Frederick County Board of Education has finally, even under immense pressure, decided that students unable to speak or communicate by themselves don’t have to take standardized tests.

August 23, 2016
Some Words for the Wise
Harry M. Covert

This space has inveighed numerous times against Frederick County's charter government. Similarly, discussion is prominent toward the administration and tactics of the elected county executive who, in reality, is the chief cook and bottle washer. The position is untouchable.

August 18, 2016
The Day of Fountain Pens, No. 2 Pencils
Harry M. Covert

Back to school days. How exciting for all the young girls and boys preparing for kindergarten and elementary learning, plus the older and sophisticated heading to junior and senior high schools ready for classroom academic sessions and extracurricular activities, athletics and Friday night football and marching bands.

August 15, 2016
Non-Compos Mentis and $49,736.87
Harry M. Covert

There are so many needy causes to support in Frederick County, it is impossible to list them all here.


August 12, 2016
You're Kidding, A Taxless Week
Harry M. Covert