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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

February 20, 2017
Reporters have Tough Jobs, too
Harry M. Covert

On this not so solemn occasion, I'll remind everybody it is Presidents Day 2017. Despite all the ongoing skullduggeries, for the fun of it, 45 men have led the nation.

February 16, 2017
Putin's Maritime Spy-boys Visit
Harry M. Covert

The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. Let's update this. Seriously it's the "Hunt for Red February," and the vessel is 70 miles off the Delaware coast. A spy ship.

February 14, 2017
Lefty’s 'Duck Shots’ and Winning
Harry M. Covert

I was glad to see Lefty Driesell honored by the Maryland Terps over the weekend. There was a full house of fans and former players on hand for the unveiling of a big banner hanging from the rafters recognizing his 17 years and 348 wins at College Park.

February 10, 2017
Those Clever Small Print Rules
Harry M. Covert

No way will Senate Rule 19 be invoked here today. Some may suggest it would be good to do so, but I'm overruling the matter with or without portfolio.

February 7, 2017
The Thrill of Victory
Harry M. Covert

The admonition of "oh ye of little faith" sure struck us all in Sunday's Super Bowl LI (51). I quit wagering on any game of chance many years ago. Luck just never has struck any would-be games of chance for me. Never pitched pennies.

February 3, 2017
No Reason to Fear!
Harry M. Covert

Are you scared? I don't like using the word "yet," so I won't. The sky is not falling on us. The end is not near.

January 26, 2017
Executive Orders: How Nice
Harry M. Covert

Some words need to be scrapped for a while. Consider these for example: “amazing”, “great”, “wonderful”, “lies”, “left-wingers”, “right-wingers”, “progressives” and “alt-righters.” Oh, “frauds” and “pollsters,” too. There are numerous others but these will do for a short time. A respite, please.

January 24, 2017
Blowup the White House?
Harry M. Covert

So, words do matter. That is no surprise. Truly I'm tickled pink watching and hearing spoken and written words.

January 23, 2017
The March of Time
Harry M. Covert

My crack investigators have been busy. The snoopers discovered that Frederick schools apparently had no regard for the inauguration – as required by the document called The Constitution – that took place at the Capitol in Washington Friday.


January 19, 2017
Living in Glass Houses…
Harry M. Covert

Please, I don't want to sound crabby on the day before the White House gets a new occupant, but maybe I am.

January 17, 2017
Frederick's Finest Strategic Duty
Harry M. Covert

All eyes are on this exciting inauguration week in the nation's capital. Certainly the world is watching. Frederick's finest will be in strategic positions, carrying banners for the city and county.

January 16, 2017
An Afternoon with Martin
Harry M. Covert

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

January 12, 2017
Merge the City and County?
Harry M. Covert

Have you heard the good news? I mean the news on the local level where many old names and a slew of new ones are movin' and groovin' to see if they can honestly make any differences in governance.

January 10, 2017
The Epidemic of Murders and Shootings
Harry M. Covert

Here it goes again. Another police officer killed on duty. One of the many sworn in the manhunt for the killer dies in pursuit.


January 9, 2017
Chicago Four: Scum of the Earth
Harry M. Covert

One of the most offensive, disgusting and hateful tweets, videos and crimes in the news occurred last week in Chicago.

January 5, 2017
New Political Hieroglyphics Coming
Harry M. Covert

There is no good reason here to resurrect events of the past 16th year of the 21st century. Neither is there any idea for resolutions over the next 12 months.

January 3, 2017
Fake or Faux News, Delightful
Harry M. Covert

The so-called public debate regarding fake news is a lot of baloney. Facts are simple to understand. Consider that faux news is a public relations professionals' delight.

December 29, 2016
No Profane Babblings
Harry M. Covert


So, here we go. A new year with more challenges. Let's face it, when people are singing or humming Auld Lang Sine, juices are rolling in all quarters of our lives. Come on 2017.

December 20, 2016
The Will of the People
Harry M. Covert

The plan here has been to rest, enjoy the time of year when by all that's happy can be celebrated en masse.

December 19, 2016
True Tales of Pay-it-Forward
Harry M. Covert

Reading the mail has brought several terrific stories involving mighty fine people who reside in the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis corridor. Everybody can lean in on these reports. They are perfect for this time of year and there’s no reason to put the knock on anybody.

December 15, 2016
Enough With Thugs
Harry M. Covert

Earlier this week I wrote of the continuing lawlessness faced daily by sworn police officers. Several more shootings have occurred. The total dead officers is now in the high sixties. Injuries are soaring.

December 13, 2016
Have Peace and Good Will Gone Mad?
Harry M. Covert

We’re in the happiest and most joyous season of the year. No question about it, no matter what the politically correct crowd like to promote, it’s the season foremost of Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Repeat these encomiums please. It would sure be grand if there was peace and joy everywhere.

December 9, 2016
Council Lecture on Being Nice
Harry M. Covert

Followers of this esteemed online commentary can know today we got the news first, before it happened, and didn't have to rub a crystal ball or some other magic wand for the facts.

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