Blaine for County Executive

BY COLUMNISTS

| Steven R. Berryman | Chris Cavey | Joe Charlebois | Guest Columnist | Harry M. Covert | Patricia A. Kelly | Jill King | Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh | Tom McLaughlin | Roy Meachum | Zachary Peters | Cindy A. Rose | John W. Ashbury | Richard B. Weldon Jr. | Blaine R. Young |

DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Harry M. Covert

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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