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Patricia A. Kelly

December 14, 2018
Historic Swearing-In
Patricia A. Kelly

It was an historic event at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning with the swearing-in of the Honorable Charles A. (Chuck) Jenkins and the deputies of the Sheriff’s Department of Frederick County. Thank goodness Chuck will be serving our community as chief law enforcement officer for another four years.

December 5, 2018
The Final Gift
Patricia A. Kelly

My neighborhood flag is flying at half-staff. Our 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush, has died. Today is a national day of mourning.

November 21, 2018
Giving Thanks
Patricia A. Kelly

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thanksgiving was begun to give thanks for the survival of colonists of the “new world,” the future United States of America.

November 14, 2018
Okay, Can We Stop Now?
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve seen a lot of things, from the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, to a woman with her head on backwards after a car accident, to General Dien Bien Phu shooting a prisoner in the head in Hanoi, Vietnam, as shown on the evening news here in the United States.

November 7, 2018
Time to “Woman Up”
Patricia A. Kelly

For much of history, women have been considered second class citizens, prevented from voting, or even owning property. We were controlled by men, first fathers and then husbands. Even today, some women throughout the world aren’t allowed to show their faces to anyone other than their husbands or immediate relatives.

October 31, 2018
It’s All About Trump, or Not
Patricia A. Kelly

Voter turnout in the mid-term is often low, especially for the party in power. This year may be different, with the Trump-hating left eager to gain a majority in Congress, and the right deeply offended by some crazy leftist behavior.

October 24, 2018
The Caravan and Its Causes
Patricia A. Kelly

Seven to fourteen thousand people are on their way, depending on the reporter of the moment. President Donald Trump says they’re not going to be allowed to enter the United Sates. He says there will be a wall of people at the Texas/Mexico border to stop them.

October 17, 2018
Election 2018 Holds Our Future
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s coming. Early voting begins on October 25. Politics for the past two years seems to center on President Donald J. Trump, but, really, all politics is local.

October 10, 2018
Sadly, The Best Possible Outcome
Patricia A. Kelly

The hearing/circus is over, and Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court justice. That is a good thing. Perhaps most important for American men and women, the principle of innocent until proven guilty has been upheld.

October 3, 2018
Why We All Need Constitutionalists on the Supreme Court
Patricia A. Kelly

The elected president, of whichever party, chooses and nominates new justices to fill any Supreme Court vacancies that occur during his or her term. President Donald Trump has nominated two constitutionalist judges since taking office in January 2017.

September 19, 2018
A Look at Puerto Rico
Patricia A. Kelly

President Donald Trump recently made a huge misstatement on Twitter about Puerto Rico. The suggestion that 3,000 estimated deaths “didn’t happen” is ludicrous. Of course, more people died than the number at the time of his post-hurricane visit.

September 12, 2018
Oh, That Catholic Church
Patricia A. Kelly

Born, baptized and educated within it, I was a member for years. For most of my elementary school years, I had to ignore some things about the semi-cloistered nuns who taught in our school.

September 5, 2018
Football (?) Season 2018
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s beginning. The drama continues over National Football League (NFL) players “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem, over rule changes, even over Colin Kaepernick’s Nike commercial.

August 31, 2018
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Patricia A. Kelly

Just a note to all the charities and political organizations to whom I have contributed this year: Hi there. I know I am naive, but, in working out a budget this year, I decided to give you my annual contribution at the beginning of the year, so I could take one more thing off my plate, and not worry about you throughout the year.

August 22, 2018
The Making of a Country
Patricia A. Kelly

As we in the United States attempt to re-write our history and focus on the “blame” game, we risk losing ourselves to an all-encompassing state.

August 15, 2018
Sabbatical or Summer Idyll
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, there’s been no summer idyll really, although it sounds so nice. Family caregiving has taken its’ toll on summer days. It’s okay, of course, as life brings what it brings, to all parties.

July 18, 2018
Not His Finest Hour
Patricia A. Kelly

Let’s begin by acknowledging that Monday’s joint press conference, featuring Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, was not Donald Trump’s finest hour. He once again left himself open to misinterpretation with his personally defensive responses and his after-meeting positivity toward the Russian President.

June 27, 2018
The Primary is over
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s over, whether you like the results or not. It might be more than time to take stock of what has been happening in our political world of late.


June 20, 2018
What to Do? What to Do?
Patricia A. Kelly

Life throws more than just curve balls. I’m carrying a baby with a birth defect. Do I abort it? My dad is very sick, and unable to be reliable in taking his medicine, although he wishes to remain at home. He doesn’t have enough income to hire in home caregivers.

June 6, 2018
The Baker v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Patricia A. Kelly

The Supreme Court issued an opinion this week in favor of the Colorado baker who refused – on religious grounds – to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

May 29, 2018
The Dark Cloud of Division
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve about had to give up cable “news.” Just can’t stand the constant prattling on about the same thing. From CNN, President Donald Trump is always wrong. The other day, when he was doing his typical hard negotiating with Kim Jung Un, CNN was reduced to criticizing the public nature of their discourse, comparing them to a 12-year-old schoolboys on the playground.

May 23, 2018
What Is More Important Than Our Children?
Patricia A. Kelly

The latest school shooting certainly brings this question to mind. How much do we treasure these young beings, who will, with a lot of care and a little good luck, grow up to create good lives that benefit themselves, their children and our world.

May 16, 2018
Intestinal Fortitude
Patricia A. Kelly

Cojones! It sounds more polite in Spanish than in English.  Whatever the polite term, how refreshing and delightful to know our president has them.

May 9, 2018
The Answers are Out There
Patricia A. Kelly

Immigration. The stories and arguments never end. Worst of all, immigration has been completely politicized. That means that legislators who could be considering facts and statistics, and finding solutions, are not.

May 4, 2018
Working Together Instead of….
Patricia A. Kelly

Believe it or not, there’s talk going around the country about something called Civil Discourse. It seems an actual movement has developed, in the face of all the name calling, demonization and general vituperation making headlines throughout our land.

April 25, 2018
Happily, the General Assembly Session is over
Patricia A. Kelly

With a couple of weeks to reflect on the General Assembly’s 2018 session, it seems that over 3,000 bills were created during a mere three months. I can’t imagine any need for so many. What about spending time on the big issues facing Maryland, and finding solutions that serve the people?

April 11, 2018
Mentally Ill People and Common Sense
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s happening often enough for us to get used to it. How horrifying. Every time it happens, there is the same response. People run around screaming about guns.

March 28, 2018
Another Shooting! Are There Solutions?
Patricia A. Kelly

This one, occurring in a Maryland high school, didn’t count as a mass shooting, as it didn’t meet current criteria. In this case, the shooter died, one victim has been released from a hospital, and another lost her fight for her life in a trauma unit intensive care.

August 11, 2017
Transgenderism: Another Take
Patricia A. Kelly

Transgenderism is a present focus of social change, both part of the assertion of special rights by the LGBTQ community, and a demonstration of political correctness by so many others, even in the medical community.

May 26, 2017
Hurrah! For Our Wonderfully Designed Democratic Republic
Patricia A. Kelly