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The Tentacle


Lee Marshall

November 1, 2002
The Democratís Scorched Earth Policy
Lee Marshall
It seems every day the mailman brings yet another vicious Democratic Party political missive. The "ins," who are on shaky ground, attack Republican candidates with such vile to make one wonder if Democrats are selling their souls to the devil just for the power of political office. The dignity of public service apparently no longer exists.

October 21, 2002
Getting out of this mess
Lee Marshall
Here are some proposals many of you might embrace: 1. LETíS START A PETITION DRIVE to recall The Ever Loviní Mareís election and install an interim chief executive. There are a couple polecats around the yard, who might do a better job. What is surprising is that there are eight or 10 people who think sheís doing a good job.

September 16, 2002
Stage Mommies
Lee Marshall
Can you believe it? Little Joe Bartlettís Mommy created mayhem in the name of fair elections at no less than three polling places in Frederick County on Election Day.

September 9, 2002
The Cops and Their Endorsement
Lee Marshall
The Fraternal Order of Police is trying its luck again in being a mover and shaker in the county. We already know it can undermine a good police force and discredit a couple of good chiefs. They get no noogies for that. We understand it has about 120 members but now less than 10 voted to give the unionís endorsement to a Stateís Attorney candidate who apparently is a political newcomer.

September 5, 2002
NEA Rears its Ugly Mug Again
Lee Marshall
Once again our children head off to school. What will this year hold for them? Will they be challenged? Will they be assaulted? Will they be suspended for having a nail file in their book bags? Will they be suspended for being insensitive to someone of another color or persuasion? Will they learn anything to help them when they become responsible adults?

August 28, 2002
The Ever Lovin' Mare, Now She's Top Cop
Lee Marshall
If you ask me, we're still looking for our chief of police. I thought we hired Major Kim Dine to be our top cop, but it turns out Mayor Jennifer Dougherty is really the chief, considering recent news reports.

August 7, 2002
Polling Broadway on Rules of Disengagement
Lee Marshall
A journalist must always use caution in writing about public figures, especially those who say and do things in public that besmirch the high reputation of elected leaders. Therefore, in search of journalistic fairness, we decided to poll a sampling of citizens on Broadway to see if they understand why there is so much hormonal imbalance in Silly Hall these days.

August 2, 2002
Taxes, Count 'em
Lee Marshall
Let's see. The Ever Lovin' Mare bumped up the real estate taxes. Oh, Donna, Marcia and Joe liked it. Bill Hall and Dave Lenhart didn't.

July 30, 2002
Sweet Sue and the Tip Jars, Remember?
Lee Marshall
There's one thing Del. Sue Hecht (D.,3rd) doesn't want anyone to bring up in this election - so we will. Remember the tip jar brouhaha that she instigated about five years ago? If any member of the Elks, Moose, the Owls, or any of the veteran's organizations remembers it, they will vote for a yellow dog before they'll draw an arrow to her name. She was, and may still be, their worst nightmare!

July 23, 2002
On Democrats, Excuse Me!
Lee Marshall
How thrilling it must be to be a Democrat these days. Your party is in disarray having lost its national agenda and showing its obstructionist leanings in this time of national crisis.

July 16, 2002
Cyber Salvos On The Mark
Lee Marshall
The Washington Compost didn't disappoint last Sunday when Frederick Scribe David Snyder made us proud, telling the political junkies in the D.C. Metropolitan area about the impact of The Tentacle (www.thetentacle.com) in Frederick. If you missed it, it's on page C-4 of the Sunday edition.

July 12, 2002
Humpty Dumpty has a Great Fall
Lee Marshall
Way to go county commissioners! The Ever Lovin' Mare finally met her match! Until last week, she was having her way with the press, holding sway on every issue, conducting court in her Silly Hall office for the select few.

July 10, 2002
Union Busting - Out With The Leeches
Lee Marshall
There was a time when the "union" meant everything to the workingman. It could be as oppressive and repressive as the corporate big shots with whom they sparred. So now, the city workers are being bullied into voting for union representation. Better get the old resume updated, because no good can come of it!

July 8, 2002
Lemonade and Liberty in Baker Park
Lee Marshall
What a celebration we had nationally for the Glorious Fourth! God was everywhere, especially in West Virginia where the local Methodist minister thrilled our souls with his prayer that America right itself from the social morass of political correctness. The Washington Times reported the media was so aghast at the prayer that they had trouble paying attention to President George W. Bush.

July 5, 2002
Spirit of 76 - Gasping for Breath
Lee Marshall
We live in a different America this July 4, 2002. We are in a war as certain as we were in July 1942. But that was "Roosevelt's War," they say. Today it' s "Dubya's War," they continue.

June 25, 2002
Big City Stench Arrives In Downtown Frederick
Lee Marshall
The fact that the atheists are coming to town on their bandwagon to take over Winchester Hall in July is among the hot topics making the rounds in Frederick City and County.

June 17, 2002
The Last Tango For Parris
Lee Marshall
When it comes to big-time losses, only the late former Gov. Spiro T. Agnew can outdo Gov. Parris Glendening and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

June 11, 2002
Frederick's "Boat Race"
Lee Marshall
Of all the horse races we see this season, none is more likely to leave the citizens of the Square Corner short of rent money than the much anticipated Police Stakes. Choo-Choo Fred and Octopus John are telling me this is the hottest race since Our Charlie puts his pistol in the carpet bag.


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