May 3, 2012
A Liberal Voice with an Opposing View
Well, after the editor of this journal has bugged me to return to writing for this "rightwing" blog. Our last conversation on the subject was after Kip Koontz's memorial service, I feel inspired by Kip to cooperate with my old friend. Therefore, I acquiesce to his request for a "liberal" point of view.
February 26, 2004
Gay Marriages and Constitutional Amendments
The Republican Party's sick pre-occupation with the private lives and -most specifically - the sex lives of American citizens now culminates in the greatest hypocritical attack on constitutional power in this republic's history.
December 23, 2003
Merry Christmas from Congress – And Dr. Bartlett
For all of you struggling to find a job in this recovering Bush Economy, Congressman Roscoe Bartlett placed another hurdle in front of you for Christmas.
December 16, 2003
How Can Democrats Win The Presidency?
The current crop of Democratic candidates in the presidential primary totals nine! That’s a lot of candidates.
December 3, 2003
Race: Destructive Social Myth That Must End
Lennie Thompson, president of the Frederick Board of County Commissioners, introduced legislation last year to end government endorsement and perpetuation of a destructive social myth that, throughout history, led to slavery, mass murder, and fractured societies. The very ideals of our country are undermined by this myth. Rather than One Nation, our country is made up of nations based on a lie.
October 7, 2003
We Are Under Attack From Within
Our Republic is under attack. I wrote on the challenges facing a republic such as ours in my first column for The Tentacle. A free and open society based on democratic principles relies on delicate checks and balances. It is fragile, but it has endured for 227 years.
September 30, 2003
Constitutional Guarantees Carry Responsibilities, Too!
The Frederick News Post has upped the ante. It now appears to be the policy of Frederick’s “community newspaper” to attack the character of private citizens in the news and the opinion pages.
September 23, 2003
What’s So Great About The Frederick Fair?
A newer co-worker, Clarence, from California, posed the question to me: “What’s so great about the Frederick Fair?”
September 15, 2003
J. R. Cash - Rest In Peace
How can you sum up the life of a legend? How can you say goodbye to a man that made music what it is today? What happens when a world loses one of its greatest artists?
September 11, 2003
Superman! Where Are You?
It's a shame kids today don't grow up with superheroes like we did. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Spiderman never killed anyone. They always saved the day without too much violence. In the end, the bad guys were handed over to the authorities, and all were grateful for the great deeds these men performed.
September 8, 2003
BOE Gets An "F" For Reviving The "D" Grade
The problem with an elected board is the greater sway of politics and political correctness. This can be demonstrated no better than the Board of Education's recent decision to bring back the "D" grades only a year after tossing it out.
September 3, 2003
So Long, It's Been Good To Know Ya!
Organizers of the Wings of Freedom Air Show, the Commemorative Air Force Stars and Stripes Wing, recently announced plans to leave Frederick Municipal Airport.
July 9, 2003
Downtown Frederick Businesses Missing The Boat
My family and I recently headed to Historic Frederick Town for a Friday evening stroll through the streets and shops and to peruse the shelves of the C. Burr Artz Library. To our shock and dismay, the only businesses open were restaurants, bars, and Colonial Jewelers.
July 2, 2003
Mole Hills into Mountains
Who gives a crap? Talk about right-wing conspiracies! Does anyone in
Frederick City or County believe that the Jeff Reedy resignation/firing is
out of the ordinary? If so, "here's your sign!"
June 18, 2003
Budget Cuts Could Doom Another Program For Kids
The budget woes of Maryland may soon claim another victim. 4-H.
March 18, 2003
Mr. President, This is How To Get There
I'll probably shock a lot of readers with this column. It appears too many readers think they know something about me. I'll wager many know nothing about me or any of the writers. That's why they'll be shocked to learn that . . .
March 3, 2003
The New Bush Economic Plan: Scare All Americans
Rush to the store and buy up all the plastic sheeting and duct tape you
can get your hands on. Then, rush to the grocery and buy all the canned
foods and bottled water in the store. Finally, call your doctor or the health
department and demand to be vaccinated against every and all biological
and chemical agents.
February 26, 2003
Despite His Claim To The Contrary, Bartlett Is Out-Of-Sync
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett recently discussed his future in the U.S. House of Representatives with The Gazette. Among his statements, Dr. Bartlett claimed to be in-sync with his constituents in the 6th Congressional District of Maryland. This can be discredited with an examination of other statements he made during this interview.
February 6, 2003
Presenting Maryland's New Tax Machine
A Republican now serves as Maryland's head of state. With the recent changing of the guard, Maryland awaits the results of switching to a GOP-led State House. The most discussed change will be the introduction of slot machines in Maryland.
January 21, 2003
Economics 102 For The Commissioners
In our previous class, we discussed the pros and cons of different types of taxes at the local level. Today, we'll discuss the unique economics of government.
December 27, 2002
How much for a mild heart attack?
Most readers received a letter recently explaining Frederick County's latest and greatest waste of taxpayer money. Beginning next year, Frederick County residents will be charged for ambulance services.
December 17, 2002
Economics 101 for Board of County Commissioners (Part I – Tax Cuts)
Last week, the Board of County Commissioners began the tedious process of budgeting county funds for fiscal year 2004. They’ve just scratched the surface of this monumental task, and they’ve already begun falling into the Politician’s Pit of Easy Ways Out.
November 12, 2002
Idiots and Insane
New Mexico’s constitution, written in 1912, denies "idiots and insane persons" the right to vote. Voters in New Mexico were asked on their ballot if they wanted that part of the constitution removed. Rightly so, they voted to keep idiots from voting.
October 30, 2002
Vote Franklin for House of Delegates
Voters in District 4A should consider Dick Franklin as a viable alternative to
Bartlett politics. As a former FFA member, 4-H King, and farm boy, I can pick
the man who will best represent my values and interests. I’m casting my ballot
for a man based on his honesty, integrity, and fit with the district.
October 17, 2002
Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t For Local Control?
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett could play the role of the Texas Governor in
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. If you recall, that politician's theme
song was "The Side-Step."
October 9, 2002
Wouldn’t it be nice?
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back to the good old days? One of
my fellow Tentacle contributors writes this in support of Alex
October 4, 2002
Suspended For Wearing A Sign Offering Hugs!
What the hell is going on in Frederick County Public Schools? The behavior
of our county principals do not cease to provide embarrassment for our
county. Last year, it seemed there were perverts, spankers, and oppressors
of free speech.
September 6, 2002
THE Race to Watch
The election year comes to a pivotal point on Tuesday with the primary
elections for each of Maryland's two major parties. Those of us writing and
commenting on this year's races have all commented on THE Race to watch.
August 13, 2002
Small Business Service? Who's Kidding Whom?
Have you tried to find a contractor lately? I believe in small businesses
and am trying to support those men and women. I make an effort to shop at my
local hardware store before going to Lowe's or Wal-Mart.
August 9, 2002
Raise Your Hand, Pluck!
Perhaps they didn't have that rule where Bill Hall went to school! The rest
of us learned very early in life that we should wait to be recognized before
talking. Wait for Mommy to finish talking before interrupting. Raise your
hand in class. Wait for the chair to recognize you on the floor of Congress.
Aren't these the rules we all learned.
August 6, 2002
How many buses and schools?
With the upcoming election of the Board of Education, here are some questions for candidates to ponder. Hopefully, you will have some questions, too.
August 5, 2002
A Prayer For Frederick
Lord, I give thanks today for Your Many Blessings.
July 17, 2002
How Bad Do They Want to Win?
When politicians begin lying and smearing the names of an assassinated
President of the United States of America, one must really question their
morality and their fit with the position they seek.
July 8, 2002
Who's Voting For You?
Congressmen Roscoe Bartlett and Bob Ehrlich continue to baffle logic and
vote against the interests of their constituents. Each time this writer
reviews recent votes, it become evident that something is amiss.
July 4, 2002
Happy Birthday America!
The greatest country and oldest Republic turns 226 years old today! That's
quite a feat. The most amazing of those feats is the story of our country's
July 2, 2002
The Pledge, The Constitution, and Religion
When the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Pledge of Allegiance
is unconstitutional, many of us in the country went into shock. For most, it
was the shock of something so wholesome being deemed illegal. For me, it was
the cohunes of these judges to make such a decision.
July 1, 2002
Cutting The Waste From The State Budget
Have you ever wondered where your tax dollars go? Of course, many people
feel that their dollars are wasted.
June 21, 2002
Fiscal Conservatives Should Vote Fiscally Conservative
If a motion came to the floor to eliminate pork-belly projects from an
Anti-Terror Bill and direct all funds to defense and homeland security, how
would our congressman vote?
June 12, 2002
The Power of NO!
John "Lennie" Thompson recently announced his bid for re-election to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). Mr. Thompson is without a doubt the most controversial member of the current BOCC. He speaks his mind, opposes growth, and curtails to no political taboos.
June 10, 2002
Local Hospital Is Father UN-Friendly As
As regular readers know, my wife Emily and I recently doubled our family with the birth of our twins. There is no greater experience than watching your children being born. There is no greater feeling than becoming a parent.
June 4, 2002
Seventh Street Is A Shame
Have you tried to go anywhere on Seventh Street in Frederick since 9/11? It was bad before our nation's security was breached, but today's situation is unbearable.