Blaine for County Executive

BY COLUMNISTS

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

DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Patricia A. Kelly

July 17, 2014
Immigration – The Endless Story
Patricia A. Kelly

Immigration, a solvable problem, already extensively studied, with clear, sensible recommendations already written, continues endlessly unresolved, as our present leaders dance around it, political gain remaining foremost in their little minds.


July 3, 2014
E’nuff Is E’nuff, Already!
Patricia A. Kelly

United States school systems are beginning to ban birthday cupcakes from schools, one end result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s strong support of guidelines regarding nutrition in school. Really? Children may no longer bring cupcakes to school on their birthdays?


June 19, 2014
The People’s Republic of Maryland…
Patricia A. Kelly

People call it that sometimes, due to excessive taxes and regulations. It is not a republic, of course, but a state; and, although we sometimes forget this, it actually belongs to the people, if we so choose. We outnumber our leaders and are free to decide who runs things.


June 5, 2014
Too Little Too Late
Patricia A. Kelly

A couple of months ago I attended a walking demonstration from Market Street’s Asiana Restaurant to City Hall protesting Frederick City’s inaction on the property, condemned for years. Yes, that’s years.


May 22, 2014
Freedom of Speech
Patricia A. Kelly

Along with freedom of religion, the freedom to pursue happiness, life, and liberty, freedom of speech is a fundamental human right in America. It appears, however, that this right has been usurped by the requirement for political correctness in American life.


May 8, 2014
Responsibility in America
Patricia A. Kelly

Banner faces $40K Cleanup” read The Frederick News-Post headline on Wednesday. Sometime between the end of the Willy Wonka play on Saturday night, and 10:30 on Sunday morning, someone blasted the interior of two school buildings with chemicals from the fire extinguishers.


April 24, 2014
Standards – and Common Core
Patricia A. Kelly

I recently attended to a gripping presentation on “Common Core,” the new, nearly nation-wide system of educational standards being implemented across America. Common Core was decried by the presenter as a federal takeover of the education system, as well as a dumbing-down of American education, not to mention unconstitutional.


April 10, 2014
New Beginnings
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s spring again. Some said they couldn’t imagine it ever coming this year after the incredible amount of cold and snow we’ve had. It made us believers in old stories about riding to school in horse-drawn sleighs. In many recent winters, we haven’t even needed snow tires.


March 27, 2014
Obamacare Deadline
Patricia A. Kelly

As the March 31 healthcare sign up deadline for this year approaches, our president and his minions are out there in a last minute push to get one million more people to sign up for Obamacare. The original goal was seven million signups, but now we only need six million.


February 27, 2014
Catastrophic Anthropomorphic Climate Change and Common Core
Patricia A. Kelly

In more simple English, this headline means catastrophic climate change caused by human activity. Charles Krauthammer, writing in last Saturday’s Frederick News-Post, almost stole my thunder on this subject, except for one thing. In an otherwise excellent column, he said he doesn’t believe in climate change.


February 13, 2014
Time for a New Home
Patricia A. Kelly

Just a few years ago in a town called Frederick lived a man with an amazing dog. This dog was an English pointer, white with black spots, always assumed to be a Dalmatian, because of his disguise.


January 30, 2014
Concussion – Up Close and Personal
Patricia A. Kelly

Two months ago my granddaughter, Rory Murphy McClain, fell off of a running horse. I didn’t see the fall, as the horse was between us, but I heard the thump as she hit the soft, sawdust covered ring floor.


January 16, 2014
Partying Downtown
Patricia A. Kelly

Imagine my surprise to learn that the adult son of a friend was frisked in downtown Frederick on Saturday night – in order to enter a bar.


January 2, 2014
A Letter From Inside Egypt
Patricia A. Kelly

On December 23 I received a message from a good friend, an educated (graduate degrees), Christian Egyptian, mid-30s in age, who is very upset about current U.S. policy toward Egypt. It, with some grammatical corrections due to the Arabic first language of the author, deserves to be read by TheTentacle.com readers.


December 19, 2013
The Lie of the Year Award
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s a sad day when the President of the United States of America wins the “Lie of the Year Award.”  It’s hard to think of anyone who deserves it more this year than President Barack Obama.


December 5, 2013
Be The “Love” This Holiday Season
Patricia A. Kelly

The lights are up again, tons of them, already. As new owners in Frederick City take the place of those who have moved on, sometimes to Heaven, the lights and decorations change, a small reminder that life goes on, and that Frederick’s historic homes continue to thrive under the stewardship of successive generations.


November 21, 2013
Who Is Pushing a Social Agenda?
Patricia A. Kelly

So many decry the attempt of some conservatives to impose their religious and social beliefs on the rest of Americans. How could they?


November 7, 2013
A Belly Full of Dirty Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, Frederick City elections are over. Congratulations to Randy McClement, and to all the winners, with the possible exception of Phil Dacey.


October 24, 2013
Focus on the Future
Patricia A. Kelly

City elections are upon us. It’s time to vote with a capital V. Otherwise, you’re part of the problem; and, whatever you may think about your puny vote’s impact on the future of your puny town, not voting will definitely have an impact.


October 10, 2013
Death by Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

Yes, we’re sick of hearing about funding or not funding the government, and raising or not raising the debt ceiling, not to mention some of the most inflammatory rhetoric we’ve heard in a long time, almost unbelievably rude and hostile statements among members of the same government.


September 26, 2013
Autumn – Full of Likes and Dislikes
Patricia A. Kelly

Summer is gone, in a flash. As I clean the garden for winter, cutting down plants I hardly remember enjoying, much of autumn activity has already passed, in spite of summer officially ending only a few days ago.


September 17, 2013
Unexceptional Leadership
Patricia A. Kelly

It was a sad day when Vladimir Putin felt comfortable calling U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar one day before President Barack Obama arrived in Russia for the G-20 Summit. An even sadder day occurred when Putin thought it would be okay to criticize the concept of American exceptionalism in The New York Times.


August 29, 2013
Life's Passages
Patricia A. Kelly

My birthday will never be the same again. From now on I will see my cousin Lance, his hand trembling ever so slightly, saluting the casket of his grandfather.


August 22, 2013
Down with Political Correctness
Patricia A. Kelly

Political correctness is well intentioned, but, like labor unions, may now be causing more harm than good in our society.


August 1, 2013
“Can’t we all just get along?”
Patricia A. Kelly

The dust appears to be settling on the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case. Some black American leaders chose it to help foster the cause of racial justice in this country.


July 4, 2013
Is This Freedom Day?
Patricia A. Kelly

This Fourth of July, “during a period when federal employees are scheduled to be furloughed….,” Camp Lejune and Fort Bragg, along with other American military bases, are cancelling the fireworks portion of their annual celebrations. They can’t afford to buy the fireworks.


June 20, 2013
As Arab Spring Turns to Winter…
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama has agreed reluctantly to fulfill his pledge to provide support for Syrian rebels, in response to proof that Bashar Assad’s government has used chemical weapons. It has been a two-year rebellion, now a two-year civil war.


June 10, 2013
What’s wrong with the government?
Patricia A. Kelly

If you didn’t know the answer, it’s politicians, that’s what! This week, I joined in a sharp exchange of words with my Texas cousin who leans so far to the left that I worry about his ear touching the ground.


May 23, 2013
It’s Time To Do Better…
Patricia A. Kelly

If you were a fan, you might feel kind of sorry for President Barack Obama right now, with all that he is facing. I don’t.


May 9, 2013
Recognizing Honor and Disgrace
Patricia A. Kelly

The Republican faithful gathered Tuesday night for its annual Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner honoring both its namesakes and local members who excelled in promoting the party in the county. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton was the featured speaker.


April 25, 2013
Proud to Be an American
Patricia A. Kelly

The people of the United States have been through a lot in the last year. Our most innocent, along with just ordinary people out having fun or even praying, have been attacked and murdered more than once.


April 11, 2013
How Lucky Can One Guy Get?
Patricia A. Kelly

As he out liberals the liberals, Gov. Martin O’Malley has earned his way to stardom in the Democratic Party. When I first saw him on national television on a talk show, I, a reasonable conservative, said, in a high pitched voice, “Who is he sleeping with, to be chosen as a national spokesman?”


March 28, 2013
A New York Education
Patricia A. Kelly

“Nice pillow pet,” said the man behind the information desk at Baltimore’s Penn Station. Indeed, it was a nice one – a medium, tie-dyed, very soft bear.


March 14, 2013
Letting Go
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s talked about so frequently, in relation to everything from children growing up, to organizing your closets.


February 28, 2013
Support for the Bad Guys
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s time to talk about Egypt. Of all Middle Eastern countries attempting to overthrow their despotic rulers, Egypt is the most modern, vital, educated and sophisticated society.


February 14, 2013
More of the Same
Patricia A. Kelly

A recent Parade magazine poll, taken just before the presidential election, asked 1,000 people what they wanted from the next president. The answers were to create more jobs, improve the economy, balance the budget, be honest and truthful, and improve healthcare.


January 31, 2013
Making Your Votes Count
Patricia A. Kelly

Do you think your vote counts? Well, it doesn’t, certainly not in the presidential election, and far less that you might wish in more local elections. The weight of your personal vote is decided by partisan politicians, both Republican and Democrat. Worse yet, most people are completely unaware of this.


January 17, 2013
You Can’t Escape It: Smoking Is Bad For You
Patricia A. Kelly

Smoking is not good. Everyone knows that. In recent compiled data reports from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, covering the years 2000 to 2004, an estimated 443,000 annual premature deaths can be attributed to smoking cigarettes alone….


January 3, 2013
It’s Not That Time of Year…
Patricia A. Kelly

As the “Ball” dropped over Times Square Monday night, the evening’s host, Ryan Seacrest, stood surrounded by a group of zombies, or something: an Asian guy wearing white fur, a person white from top of head to tip of toe who was not an albino, and someone with shaved sideburns and hair sticking on the top of his head, to mention a few.


December 20, 2012
Guns Are Not The Only Issue
Patricia A. Kelly

Most American adults would give their lives to save the life of a small child. That someone would shoot 20 of them and their loving, caring teachers, is almost unthinkable.


December 13, 2012
Horse Hockey and the Fiscal Cliff.
Patricia A. Kelly

One of my closest friends just moved out of Maryland. Actually, he didn’t move. He just changed his residence by extending his stay in his second home to six months and one day each year. That’s the official requirement to end his residency in Maryland.


December 6, 2012
Hitching Up Republican Britches
Patricia A. Kelly

Even before the recent election, the Republican Party was in need of reform. Out of touch with the reality of even the conservative American population, the party had come to be seen as the home of successful white men and their families, and an unfair supporter of big business.


November 22, 2012
Disappointed and Grateful
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s that time again. Thanksgiving and the holiday season have arrived again – already. It seems to me that it has been a rough year.


November 8, 2012
After the Election – A Poll Worker’s View
Patricia A. Kelly

The election is over, $2 billion have been spent, and we have ended with essentially the same government we already had. Although the Electoral College voted heavily in favor of the president, the popular vote was very close. About 50 percent voted for Barack Obama and 48 percent for Mitt Romney.


October 25, 2012
Four more years? Are you kidding?
Patricia A. Kelly

In a little less than two weeks, the presidential election will be over. We wait with both trepidation and anticipated relief.


October 11, 2012
Free Big Bird
Patricia A. Kelly

Poor guy. Can you imagine being on welfare for decades when you are fully capable of caring for yourself, and even earning a decent living? Even worse, can you imagine having people suggest you need welfare when you are fully self supporting?


September 27, 2012
The Choice of a Lifetime
Patricia A. Kelly

How exhausting is politics? How one longs for beer or soda commercials in this time of constant, often misleading, political sound bites.


September 13, 2012
September 11, Again
Patricia A. Kelly

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings, brought another attack against the United States, with the murder of Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans.


August 30, 2012
Truth in Films Is Where You Find It
Patricia A. Kelly

This past week, two controversial movies entered the Frederick consciousness, both of which were well attended.


August 23, 2012
A Tempest in a Teapot
Patricia A. Kelly

One stupid remark…one stupid remark, and now Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is to be drawn and quartered by both the left and the right. What cowardice indeed!


August 16, 2012
Paul Ryan: An Interesting Choice
Patricia A. Kelly

My original column for this week started with, “My head is hurting.” The subject, and what was causing the headache, was the lies, misleading sound bites and vituperative remarks that have, until now, characterized the current political campaign for president.


August 2, 2012
America Galvanized
Patricia A. Kelly

Everywhere I go, I become involved in conversation about the Summer Olympics, presently underway in London.


July 19, 2012
A Disastrous Move
Patricia A. Kelly

My brain, my best tee shirts and the lamp shade to my most beautiful lamp are lost, and lost again. I miss my brain the most.


July 5, 2012
Addressing The Real Healthcare Problems
Patricia A. Kelly

I don’t fully understand President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform act, although, as a working nurse, I do understand a lot. While our president rejoices that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the requirement of individuals to purchase health insurance, he should be tossing and turning at night over the meltdown that will soon be coming if this bill governs our health care system.


June 21, 2012
Responsibility v. Irresponsibility
Patricia A. Kelly

Responsibility is the core issue between the true right and the true left. Shall the person who works very hard to create a home for his two children, and to raise them with all the benefits he can provide, be required to support the 26-year-old welfare mother of eight…


June 7, 2012
Winning the Public Relations War
Patricia A. Kelly

Republicans are obstructionists. Just ask the media if you don’t believe this. They want to impose their moral values on others.


May 24, 2012
Gay Marriage: A Social or Political Issue?
Patricia A. Kelly

How unfortunate that the issue of gay marriage has come to the forefront of the presidential campaign. The media continues on its too frequent path, distorting this story as it has so many others.


May 10, 2012
Pandering President Obama
Patricia A. Kelly

Barack Obama, our president, half-black, half-Caucasian, with a half-Asian half-sister, is running for re-election. His apparently well funded campaign includes many websites and support groups.


April 26, 2012
This loss is more than just a house
Patricia A. Kelly

I had wondered over the years what would be the fate of Park Hall on East Patrick Street in Frederick. I’ve watched horses grazing among construction supplies near the street between South and Patrick where one can access I-70.


April 12, 2012
What’s Good About Lying in Elections…
Patricia A. Kelly

“Never speak ill of your fellow Republican,” the eleventh commandment made famous by President Ronald Reagan, has been violated more egregiously than usual during the recent Maryland primary election.


March 29, 2012
“As the World Turns”
Patricia A. Kelly

Throughout the Republican presidential campaign, repeated assertions from Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have been that Mitt Romney has an advantage over them because he has an organized and well-funded campaign.

 


March 1, 2012
Playing the Political Games in Annapolis
Patricia A. Kelly

One might remember the recent fracas in Maryland over in-state tuition for illegal immigrant college students. A bill allowing it was proposed, citing the problem of these children, who, it was stated by proponents, would make much greater contributions to society if educated.


February 2, 2012
Just Desserts?
Patricia A. Kelly

The Florida Republican presidential primary has been won handily by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and the news reports focus almost exclusively on how much he has spent and how negative his campaign ads have been.


January 19, 2012
How Fortunate We Are
Patricia A. Kelly

George W. Wireman died last week. He was known as the train man, and so much more. He was a polio survivor, rejected by the Army because of his deformed feet and legs, who walked and hiked everywhere, and visited all 50 states, including Hawaii four times – and he never had a driver’s license.


January 5, 2012
New Year, New Opportunity
Patricia A. Kelly

Kudos to President Barack Obama and the Democrats for their huge end-of-year public relations coup – all those ads talking about how much $1,000 per year would mean to working families.


December 22, 2011
Remembrances and Musings
Patricia A. Kelly

Ah, it’s the season to be…What a mix of excitement, connection, pressure, stress, memories and exhaustion the Holiday Season brings.


December 8, 2011
Narrowing the Field
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, Herman Cain is out. He was pilloried for sure. He admitted he failed to tell his wife he had a friendship with Ginger White, but denied other wrongdoing. Maybe he’s guilty, but I’m still waiting for proof.


November 24, 2011
At Least We’re Thinking
Patricia A. Kelly

Our “Super Committee” has failed. We’re stuck without a solution to our national debt crisis, as limited a solution as it was planned to be. In spite of the alteration in party representation in Congress resulting from the 2010 election, there has been no change.


November 10, 2011
Hard Times
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s discouraging to consider the upcoming presidential election for those interested in replacing President Barack Obama, and limiting him to one term.


October 27, 2011
Making the Rich Pay
Patricia A. Kelly

“Senate votes to end millionaire farm subsidies,” read a recent Frederick News Post headline. The article referred to stopping direct payments made to farmers to grow certain crops, paid regardless of yield. Those now excluded would be farmers with adjusted gross income greater than a million dollars per year.


October 13, 2011
How to Fight This War
Patricia A. Kelly

On September 30, it was reported that the Yemeni cleric, Anwar al Awlaki was killed in a drone strike by the U.S. military.


September 29, 2011
Rising from the Ashes
Patricia A. Kelly

A recent Wall Street Journal report implied that there are signs of our economy crashing even further than it has, including the possibility of 50% unemployment.


September 15, 2011
Moving On after September 11
Patricia A. Kelly

A grim anniversary, one of those days people remember in vivid detail, sharing stories about where they were when they heard. In my case, it was in the lobby of a beautiful Art Nouveau hotel in the old city of Prague.


September 1, 2011
The Babies of 9/11 Are 10
Patricia A. Kelly

Born after their dads died on September 11, 2001, their photos etched into the brains of millions, they are now 10 years old. What is their world?


August 18, 2011
A Call to Republicans
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama, ending a tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois yesterday in a new, U.S. owned, $1.1 million bus, stated in Minnesota that it’s not election season yet, while at the same time criticizing Republican candidates for saying they wouldn’t vote for a financial deal that includes tax increases.


August 4, 2011
Now The Deal’s Done, What’s Next?
Patricia A. Kelly

They’ve made a deal, one that no one claims to like, but one that saves us, for the moment, from the catastrophe of default on our debts.


July 21, 2011
Kudos All Around
Patricia A. Kelly

A recent news article in The Frederick News-Post caught my attention. It reported the execution of a Mexican national by the State of Texas.


July 7, 2011
Budget Battles vs. Reality
Patricia A. Kelly

The battle rages. Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts. Democrats accuse Republicans of reactionary politics, and lack of concern for the people. Both sides declare that their special offerings to their constituents must be honored.


June 23, 2011
It Will Happen to You…
Patricia A. Kelly

An important, no, universal event, something that happens all around, the world, and to everyone else. In a riddle from the ancient text the Mahabharata, the hero Yudhishthira, is asked, “What is the most amazing thing about human life?” His answer is “That a man, seeing others die all around him, does not think that he will die.”


June 9, 2011
Trapped in a Metaphorical Cage
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve been driving through downtown Baltimore a lot lately. I am perfectly capable of losing my own gas cap, but am quite sure it was stolen from the top of my car while I was prepaying for gas at a Hess station in an inner city neighborhood.


May 26, 2011
Men Behaving Badly
Patricia A. Kelly

Again, it happens. Two, not one, powerful, accomplished men have behaved disappointingly again. As Time implied on a recent cover, we would say they were behaving like pigs, but we are reluctant to offend the pigs.


May 12, 2011
Death of an Enemy
Patricia A. Kelly

Use good judgment before killing any living thing. Killing without just cause does honor to no one. – Hwarangdo Warriors Code of Honor


April 28, 2011
Why We Need Government
Patricia A. Kelly

Easter weekend in downtown Frederick, in the most beautiful season of the year, left the city desecrated by trash.


April 14, 2011
Debt: The Citizen’s Conundrum
Patricia A. Kelly

In “Of Public Credit,” written approximately 250 years ago, David Hume wrote: “Contracting debt will almost infallibly be abused in every government. It would scarcely be more imprudent to give a prodigal son a credit in every banker’s shop in London, than to empower a statesman to draw bills on posterity.”


March 31, 2011
What Really Matters
Patricia A. Kelly

I stop reading the news when I’m experiencing a lot of personal stress. It is so generally disturbing that I can’t take both news and life.


March 17, 2011
Living, As It Is
Patricia A. Kelly

The playground is on a rise next to the brick school and the park. The wind is blowing, chilly, but hinting of the Spring to come.


March 3, 2011
Paying the Bills
Patricia A. Kelly

We all have to do it if we want to live in a house, have groceries, electricity, heat, air conditioning, a car. We can finagle for awhile without paying the bills, but the bank will show up eventually.


February 17, 2011
Caught in The Act
Patricia A. Kelly

What’s worse? Being caught with your pants down, or letting them down in the first place? This is the situation in which the United States finds itself as the drama of the Egyptian revolution unfolds.


February 3, 2011
Egyptian Miracle
Patricia A. Kelly

Something equivalent to the American Revolution has been happening in Egypt this week. The assorted faces and costumes of the crowd make it clear that this is not radical Islam on the move. This is the people of Egypt, finished and done with their tyrannical leader.


January 20, 2011
It’s Not about Guns…
Patricia A. Kelly

...or civil discourse. It’s about mental illness, discrimination, stigma and the lack of a safety net. In our society, we desperately need an attitude adjustment about this important subject.


January 14, 2011
Where Are We, Toto?
Patricia A. Kelly

On January 8, 2011, an apparently mentally ill young man attempted to assassinate the object of his obsession, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In the process of seriously wounding her, he killed six people, one a child, and wounded 13.


January 6, 2011
The News Tells All
Patricia A. Kelly

 

There’s a recession going on. As the year 2011 begins, individuals and governments continue to feel serious financial pressure.


December 23, 2010
Distinctions, Superstitions and Change
Patricia A. Kelly

Distinction is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as discrimination, or differentiation between two different things. Making distinctions effectively makes the difference between living in reality and living in made-up land, the place where one’s imaginings run one’s life.


December 9, 2010
Political Reflection in the Wake
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s been said many times and many ways over the past month that the voters have spoken, but the question of what they really meant to say has yet to be answered.


November 25, 2010
Security, Security, Security
Patricia A. Kelly

That’s all we’ve been hearing about on the news and on the talk shows for the past week. Rudeness, roughness, perverse delight on the part of the security people, either because the opportunity for domination, or because of the opportunity for sexual contact.


November 11, 2010
What we want…
Patricia A. Kelly

The voters have spoken. “Yes, thank you, I’ll have another serving of change. This time hold the bacon.


October 28, 2010
Through The Eyes of A Child…
Patricia A. Kelly

It was in the elevator after seeing “Wicked” that I simply had to dance. My joy at spending a weekend in New York with my 10-year-old grandson simply blossomed into an elevator waltz. Every moment of this adventure was a miracle, for him and for me.


October 14, 2010
Swimming Upstream – Again
Patricia A. Kelly

This week I’m surrounded by politics. I attended both State Senator David Brinkley’s fund raising breakfast and the Republican Women’s Club of Frederick County’s meeting on the same day. If I had worked at it, or donated more money, I think I could have spent the entire day in political meetings. It’s the season.


September 30, 2010
Change We Need
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s hard to imagine that people who go to the polls don’t even know who is running for office, as in the case of the District 3-A delegate race, where Scott Rolle placed second, after dropping out.


September 16, 2010
Through The Looking Glass Again
Patricia A. Kelly

The world definitely moves in mysterious ways, a case in point being the furor over Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL. Pastor Jones has a mere 50 families as congregants, and according to last Friday’s CNN News, may have bilked his former German congregation of thousands of dollars before being relieved of his duties and returning to his old haunts in Gainesville.


September 2, 2010
I’m Back – At Least Most of The Way
Patricia A. Kelly

I was sitting in a doctor's waiting room when I checked my phone and found my editor's message, "When can I expect your column?" I jumped up from my chair and headed upstairs to the guest computer room at the University of Maryland. Thank goodness I was very early, as I had another, earlier appointment at another Baltimore hospital today.


August 19, 2010
Choosing Their Successors
Patricia A. Kelly

The time is short to make the first decisions about who will provide new political leadership in our country. A lot of people think we blew it last time, and possibly the time before.


August 5, 2010
Laid Back August Advice
Patricia A. Kelly

During the news the other morning, in response to a comment about President Obama’s deficit reduction ideas, a reporter said, “No one cares. It’s August, and everyone’s on vacation.”


July 22, 2010
The Same Old Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

On Tuesday, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins spoke at the Hagerstown TEA Party meeting on "Illegal Immigration in Maryland, a Plan for Action." He, of course, discussed the 287(g) program, active in Maryland only in Frederick County, wherein illegal immigrants who violate the law may be placed in federal custody and deported instead of incarcerated locally. He received a standing ovation.


June 24, 2010
My Frederick
Patricia A. Kelly

I started to back out of my driveway (actually a private city right-of-way) the other day, and what did I find blocking my way but a bicycle and cart, one of several in the alley and garage across from me.


June 10, 2010
Oil Oil Over
Patricia A. Kelly

I didn’t want to hear about it and still don’t. I keep my eyes averted slightly as I watch television, afraid I’ll see another oil-soaked pelican.


May 27, 2010
There is No Tomorrow
Patricia A. Kelly

I awoke this morning in my blue bedroom under my blue and white quilt and looked out my window at a beautiful little cumulus cloud against a sky that matched my bedroom walls. In a state of complete calm and relaxation (undoubtedly anesthesia induced) I realized that this was the one and only cloud. Yesterday’s cloud is gone, and tomorrow’s is completely uncertain, so this is my one sure chance to appreciate such beauty.


May 13, 2010
Energy Requires Safety First
Patricia A. Kelly

Energy: the capacity for vigorous activity, or so says Webster’s Dictionary. There certainly has been a lot expended lately, largely around the recent huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


April 29, 2010
Plowing the Road Anew
Patricia A. Kelly

The Republicans turned out in force Monday night for the annual Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. More than 300 attended, with a large number turned away.


April 15, 2010
Families and Communication
Patricia A. Kelly

They say that children raised in front of video games will grow up missing the skill of reading body language. They say this will hinder their ability to pick up social cues, and, thus, their ability to communicate effectively.


April 1, 2010
The Census, Immigration and Other Stories
Patricia A. Kelly

I thought the uproar over the census was right wing ridiculousness, but then I sat down and really read my form.


March 18, 2010
Correct Change
Patricia A. Kelly

We all want it. We usually look down at our hands and count to make sure we have it. Instead of screaming epithets, maybe we should take just as careful a look at what is happening on our political scene.


March 4, 2010
Unionizing Child Care Workers: Why?
Patricia A. Kelly

A column yesterday morning in The Frederick News Post by Marta Mossburg of the Maryland Public Policy Institute inspired me to look around and see what’s happening in government.


February 18, 2010
Living Within Our Means
Patricia A. Kelly

I just returned from a weekend out of town. I left on Thursday, and returned on Monday. I was shocked by the snow still remaining on city streets. I couldn’t believe that Rockwell Terrace was one lane wide and not yet plowed down to the pavement.


February 4, 2010
Speaking of Government
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address that he “wants to make life better for the middle class.” Do we, the middle class, need to have our lives made better? Are we not capable of functioning on our own? Can we not work, buy food, make babies, and live in the suburbs by our own efforts? What should government have to do with any of that?


January 21, 2010
Traveling Down the Road
Patricia A. Kelly

As this goes to press, I hope to be asleep after a 12 1/2 hour flight home from Egypt. I've been very lucky to travel and to live in other countries, and my departure reminds me of some of those experiences. The lesson learned, as it can only be learned by seeing in person, is that other people are different than we, in thinking and behavior, and that it's okay. They're quite happy, thank you.


January 7, 2010
Dear President Obama,
Patricia A. Kelly

The following list of resolutions is my gift to you. The reason I want to help you out with this is that I think you're basically a nice guy with good intentions.


December 24, 2009
Christmas Again…
Patricia A. Kelly

It comes every year, whether we’re ready or not. We rush around, decorating, buying gifts, partying, bulging and dazed from excessive eating and drinking. We whine to each other about how tired we are, at least women do. What’s up?


December 10, 2009
Nation-Building – Another Look
Patricia A. Kelly

From the Cato Institute: “Our greatest challenge today is to extend the promise of political freedom and economic opportunity to those who are still denied it, in our own country, and around the world.”


November 26, 2009
“Like the Pendulum Do”
Patricia A. Kelly

We’re trying too hard, and it isn’t working. Maybe it started when trash men became sanitation engineers, and when people started considering whether to call congressmen congress persons.


November 12, 2009
Helping the Bad Guys Succeed
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m sitting at my computer wearing a pendant that reads, in Arabic, “There is no God but God”. I‘m not a Muslim. I’m wearing it in sympathy for the many innocent Muslims who will suffer more hatred as a result of the Fort Hood killings by Major Nidal Malik Hasan.


October 29, 2009
Government Principles/City Elections
Patricia A. Kelly

“The Congress shall assemble at least once in every Year, and that Meeting shall be on the first Monday in December….” U.S. Constitution. Don’t we wish!


October 15, 2009
Arise from the Sofa
Patricia A. Kelly

November 3 is coming fast. It’s the date of Frederick’s city election. Voter turnout for this election is often low, but was truly abysmal during the primary this year. We may not have been motivated, possibly because the city election stands on its own, or, on the Republican, side by the withdrawal of Ron Tobin, the second major candidate.


October 1, 2009
Perplexing Situations…
Patricia A. Kelly

Writing a column is a very interesting occupation. It’s changed me. I’m more curious about the details of things, and in really looking for the truth among all the stories, charges, political posturing and innuendo. I work to insure there is truth behind my comments. I look for answers to dilemmas that face our society.


September 17, 2009
Living in an Insane World
Patricia A. Kelly

For at least the past one hundred years, the government of the United States of America has increasingly encroached upon the lives of the people.


September 3, 2009
Options: You make the choices
Patricia A. Kelly

They’re everywhere. They’re often small, pale, dressed in out of date clothing. We see them and immediately turn away. “Not me,” we say, “Not me.”


August 20, 2009
Government under Siege
Patricia A. Kelly

No one could miss the recent uproar in America over health care reform. People are standing up during Town Hall Meetings and yelling things like, “I’m a patriotic American!” and “I don’t want the government running my life!”


August 6, 2009
Wrong About What’s Right
Patricia A. Kelly

The latest brain child from our president, Barack Obama, is the last straw for me. And it isn’t likely to be the last “idea” whose time has come for this candidate who promised “Change we can believe in.”


July 23, 2009
Summer musings, Personal and Political
Patricia A. Kelly

I've reached the stage in life where I have the good fortune of several friends and relatives who own vacation homes. Nothing could be better except for having the master bedroom and private bath, than having a virtually free vacation among friends and family.


July 9, 2009
Dear Michael Steele
Patricia A. Kelly

I just received the Republican National Committee 2009 Obama Agenda Survey. I answered, partially because I like you personally, and wish you success in your position. It does my heart good to see a moderate in a high level Republican role, for a change, as I really like feeling included.


July 7, 2009
Hail and Farewell, Sarah Palin
Patricia A. Kelly

Sarah Palin just announced her resignation as governor of Alaska, effective July 26, 2009.


June 25, 2009
Public Service v. Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

There’s been a lot of local political fighting around here lately. It seems that Alderman Donna Kuzemchak decided to take on Mayor Jeff Holtzinger again, this time suggesting malfeasance on the part of his administration during the infamous retirement buyout, an endless source of conversation for his opponents during the last couple of years.


June 11, 2009
Gay and Lesbian Pride Month (Inclusion)
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama has declared June Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. I received a copy of the proclamation from someone I believe disapproves. I’m not sure myself that it’s necessary, but it certainly brings to mind concepts such as fairness, inclusion, personal freedom, acceptance, respect, even integration.


May 28, 2009
Of Old Texas Days
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve just returned from a visit to my mom’s home, Texas. We went for the surprise birthday party she arranged for her brother, and for a small family reunion. She and I are so blessed that all three of her brothers, and her sister, are alive and well.


April 30, 2009
Health Care Reform – Part 2
Patricia A. Kelly

While campaigning for the presidency, President Barack Obama came up with a health care reform plan, a public private partnership that he believes will help to clean up the present mess and provide closer to universal coverage in the United States. He has now asked Congress to work out the details, but his plan included the following elements:


April 16, 2009
Health Care Reform – Part 1
Patricia A. Kelly

Barack Obama is not the only one who believes that health care reform is essential to the economic and personal well-being of Americans. Technically, we can’t be beat, but our system is a mess.


April 2, 2009
There are options…
Patricia A. Kelly

Today General Motors has a new leader. The former CEO was let go as part of a government bailout agreement. To cut to the chase, he was fired by President Barack Obama.  Wow.


March 19, 2009
Jennifer Again?
Patricia A. Kelly

I can’t believe she’s back – yet again. She says she’s running because she loves Frederick. A lot of us love Frederick, and we love it a lot more when she is not mayor.


March 5, 2009
Winter’s Release
Patricia A. Kelly

Our first snow finally arrived and departed, just in time for spring. I’d been waiting for a real snow, accompanied by cold weather that lasted a few days.


February 19, 2009
Through the Porthole…Brightly
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m a veteran now. I’m hardly alone. On our ship, Adventure of the Seas, attendance was 3,600, not counting a crew of approximately 1,800.


February 5, 2009
From Grease to Life’s Challenges
Patricia A. Kelly

Tuesday night at the Hippodrome, I became 12 again, ever so briefly, doing the Twist in my seat and singing along with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” Why is it that silly song lyrics you learned at that age stay in your head forever, but you can’t remember why you just walked into the laundry room?


January 22, 2009
It’s a New Day
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, it‘s done. Barack Obama is president. His inauguration was a historic event. The emotion and the tears are appropriate when you consider our history as a nation, and what this election declares to the world about us.


January 8, 2009
New Year Wisdom
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s a New Year again. For me, that’s always time to reflect. There is so much wisdom in the world, and so much idiocy. This time, at the beginning, I’d like to focus on the wisdom.


December 11, 2008
It’s All Corn
Patricia A. Kelly

Our country is under siege. We’re dropping like flies from obesity, coronary artery disease, type II diabetes, etc. Even our children are affected, with many diseases traditionally associated with aging showing up in them.


November 13, 2008
My President
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve lived a pretty long time. I was alive and conscious during the civil rights movement. In fact, during that time, my mom drove my brother and me through the South every summer to visit my grandparents.


October 30, 2008
My Choice and Why
Patricia A. Kelly

I was asked some time ago to contribute a column on a political candidate and why he or she should be chosen. The request was to make it positive, without the “why not to vote for” usually associated with political arguments.

 


October 16, 2008
Family Reunion – Traditional Values
Patricia A. Kelly

I had been to a funeral there just a week ago. Doris Grossnickle, a lovely woman, hard working, devoted to her family and her God, had died. She was 89 years old and had worked, helping her son with a painting job, and then cooking him dinner, on the day of her sudden death. The last time I saw her she was standing on the porch roof of a house in the city, helping him then, too.


October 2, 2008
Pork and Power
Patricia A. Kelly

I was listening to Senator Orrin Hatch the other day on television, when, referring to the financial bailout vote, he said, “We’re just going to have to sweeten it, and then they’ll vote for it.”

 

 

 

 


September 18, 2008
The Politics of Healthcare
Patricia A. Kelly

The election is still coming and, although we’re presently arguing over putting lipstick on a pig, there are some important issues involved.

 


September 4, 2008
One Superlative Choice
Patricia A. Kelly

Hurrah! A breath of fresh air has come into the presidential race. I laughed with delight at the perfection of the choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as soon as I heard it. I have felt strongly all along that the men on the “short” list would not be able to help John McCain win, and now a new choice is available, a choice that enhances his chances.

 


August 22, 2008
Johnnie Came Marching Home
Patricia A. Kelly

John Edwards has lost his place as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. He is in disgrace. He cheated on his wife, and, not only that, she has incurable breast cancer. He is persona non grata in the world right now, or, at least, in the Democratic Party.

 


August 7, 2008
Obama vs. McCain
Patricia A. Kelly

I read and I listen. Answers are elusive, dandelion fluff on a summer breeze. One says the other said…the other says he didn’t, but that the other did….There are funny ads, outrageous ads. Always, politics, when something closer to the truth is so needed.

 


July 24, 2008
Living Full Out
Patricia A. Kelly

I was reading The Frederick News Post a few days ago when I came across some fascinating stories. The first was about U.S. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres. She’s 41!

 


July 10, 2008
Resilience, recovering from adversity…
Patricia A. Kelly

We all know people who have it. We all know it’s a life-affirming quality. It’s one of the attributes significant in high achievement, in finding happiness and even in longevity.

 


June 26, 2008
Hospice and Palliative Care
Patricia A. Kelly

Oh, no! Not Hospice! Get out of my room. I’m not dying!


June 12, 2008
Growing Up Tales…
Patricia A. Kelly

In A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Katie Nolan was 17 when she married Johnny, a charming, musical foil to her tiny, brisk, dark-curled practicality. She gave birth to her daughter Francie in 1901 in a tenement while Johnny, sent off by the women, spent 24 hours drunk, and lost their job cleaning a school at night.


May 29, 2008
A Medical Prescription
Patricia A. Kelly

Our medical system is broken. It’s up to you to navigate it, advocate for yourself, and get good care in spite of it. You are your own best bet.

 


May 15, 2008
Through the Glass Darkly…
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s happened again. A daunted writer sitting in front of a blank screen facing a deadline.

 


April 24, 2008
Republican of the Year
Patricia A. Kelly

My mom, Dorothy Kelly, recently featured in the Frederick News Post with a headline that included the word “Opinion,” was born in Tioga, Texas, on April 14 1925 to Raymond and Dovie Bodovsky, farmers, is the 2007 Republican of the Year for Frederick County.


April 17, 2008
Republicans v. Democrats: A Primer
Patricia A. Kelly

This is for me, as much as for you, a study of the theoretical differences between the two major political parties, one of which will provide us with our next president.


April 3, 2008
Sense and Sensibility
Patricia A. Kelly

I just finished reviewing a recent speech by Newt Gingrich, a well known moral icon from government, who has been rewarded with lots of cushy commentator jobs for his incredible act of attempting to impeach a president while hiding his own very similar behavior.

 


March 14, 2008
Politics as Usual – Sadly
Patricia A. Kelly

My life as a Republican was altered forever on the day the United States Senate attempted to circumvent the ruling of the state of Florida regarding Terry Schiavo. Bill Frist, a Tennessee senator, and cardio-thoracic surgeon said that, in his opinion from viewing a four year old videotape, there were signs of life in Terry, in spite of multiple court rulings that she was in a persistent vegetative state.


January 24, 2008
New Year’s Musings
Patricia A. Kelly
The New Year has come again. I’m happy for that. For me, this time of year is for contemplation and re-organization. After racing around for the holidays, I’m very happy to be at home in silence, with just Tinker Belle to keep me company.

November 8, 2007
Russian Glimpses – Part 3 – St. Petersburg
Patricia A. Kelly
(Editor's Note: Columnist Kelly recently toured Russia. This is her third of three parts recounting her adventure.) Our senior guide in St. Petersburg, Masha, was the daughter of intellectuals. During Soviet times, her parents traded their historic, central apartment for a Khrushchev apartment farther out, so that they could send Masha to kindergarten without a 6-year wait. Apartment developments are named after the leader of the time they were built. Stalin’s were the best.

November 1, 2007
Russian Glimpses - Part 2, Stalin
Patricia A. Kelly
On our first official day of touring Moscow, Svetlana meets us at our hotel. We are doing a Metro tour, Arbat Street and the Tretiakoff Gallery. We misinterpreted the written information about this, thinking that the "metro" reference means that this will be our means of transportation.

October 12, 2007
Russian Glimpses - Part 1, Moscow
Patricia A. Kelly
I knew the usual, I imagine, of what a reasonably educated American who lived through the Cold War and had World War II era parents would know before my trip to Russia. I read a "concise" history prior to the trip. I had always wanted to see the Hermitage. I was eager to learn.

September 20, 2007
Oh! The Joy of The Fair
Patricia A. Kelly
I'm sitting at my desk on 3rd Street, listening to the tractor pull at the Great Frederick Fair. I've been able to hear it at my house almost every year of the 25 that I have lived in Frederick, always at the back of the house, on the north side of the street. Go figure.

September 6, 2007
Michael Vick - A Perspective
Patricia A. Kelly
Make no mistake. Michael Vick was wrong. Raising dogs under cruel conditions, torturing them as they are trained to fight, killing them painfully when they fail to live up to expectations.It's wrong.

August 24, 2007
The Business of Taking Care
Patricia A. Kelly
A crucial interstate highway bridge connecting two important sister cities in the United States of America recently collapsed. One of the last missing bodies came out of the water just this week.

August 9, 2007
Time to Get With It
Patricia A. Kelly
Our time is up. Those of us attempting to pretend that the next presidential election is far away are going to have to give it up. The dream candidate, the one we can trust; the one with just enough experience and wisdom; the one with clearly demonstrated integrity; the one whose leadership will allow us to sleep at night, hasn't shown up, at least, not for sure.

July 25, 2007
Connections: We all have them
Patricia A. Kelly
As defined in the Random House College Dictionary, connection implies link, association or relationship. It could mean a circle of friends or associates, or a member of such, a relative, or a group of persons connected by a political or religious tie. It could mean a transfer from one airplane to another. It could mean an illegal drug dealer!

July 12, 2007
Time to Make A Change
Patricia A. Kelly
Michael Moore has done it again. He has succeeded in producing a political statement for public viewing as a movie in mainstream theaters. He succeeds where many films of significant artistic merit fail. He's playing in Frederick.

June 27, 2007
Immigration II, Slashed and Burned
Patricia A. Kelly
President Bush's immigration bill has the country in an uproar. One conservative talk radio host called it the Amnesty Bill, and reported polls stating that 84% of Republicans and 55% of Democrats are against it, preferring that our border be secured prior to dealing with the question of what to do with the large illegal population.

June 6, 2007
War and Peace
Patricia A. Kelly
I am tired of the talk about withdrawing from the Iraq War that associates withdrawal with failure to support the troops. The concepts are not synonymous! It would be possible to withdraw and support at the same time.

May 16, 2007
The Lake Reflection
Patricia A. Kelly
I'm putting away my grandmother's dishes. There aren't many of them left, but, when I touch them, I can still see them in her kitchen and remember her "new" house and these "new" dishes. I'm at the lake, again.

May 2, 2007
Protecting Yourself from a Paranoid Killer
Patricia A. Kelly
The recent, catastrophic shooting at Virginia Tech is already fading into memory. We return to the business of living, gradually resuming our complacency about our daily personal safety. There are more psychiatric patients in the hospitals, though. They are acting out our uneasiness.

April 20, 2007
Insanity and Common Sense
Patricia A. Kelly
In 1982, I was living and working as a school nurse on a military base in the Philippines. I learned from a tearful, drunken teenaged boy that one of the most popular and visible sailors on our base was a sexual predator. He was targeting vulnerable boys, fondling and humiliating them.

April 9, 2007
Dear Otis Spunkmeyer:
Patricia A. Kelly
Just a note to thank you for offering your extraordinary chocolate chip cookies as promotional products to help raise funds for children's schools. Of course, I had to buy a tub, just to help my friend Gladys and her little boy, and I want to thank you for making that possible.

April 4, 2007
One Nation...
Patricia A. Kelly
The United States of America, the great melting pot, the land of opportunity, the quintessential example of democracy and religious, cultural and personal freedom - that's supposed to be us.

March 21, 2007
St. Patrick's Day, With a Twist
Patricia A. Kelly
On March 17, instead of setting out wearing my green foam leprechaun hat along with the other Kellys, I found myself at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, the oldest congregation in our nation's capital, watching the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi. Sufi Muslim mystics came from Turkey to perform their deeply spiritual ritual dance, called "Sema."

February 28, 2007
You Are In Charge
Patricia A. Kelly
Throughout the week I will be out the door early every day and home late. I'll make phone calls on the way to work, exercise (maybe), run errands at lunch, buy food, go to the dry cleaner, cook and clean.

February 14, 2007
Our Government, Our Health, Ourselves
Patricia A. Kelly
There's a movement underway to ban the use of trans fats, but New Orleans isn't going along. Their chefs don't use them much anyway. They choose real foods, like butter, for their renowned cuisine.

January 31, 2007
Them and Us and Other Stories
Patricia A. Kelly
Just last week, I received an email, quite eloquent, reported to have been written by an airline pilot from the U.S. The author expressed grave concerns about Arab Muslims living in the U.S.

September 12, 2006
Where Now?
Patricia A. Kelly
Today we are into the sixth year since September 11, 2001. We remain at war. That now infamous date found me in the Czech Republic.

October 3, 2005
The Russian and the Pearls
Patricia A. Kelly
I was wearing pearls that day when called in to work; they complimented my dress. I started to take them off, but put them back on.


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