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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

May 31, 2016
Etymologists and Expletives Deleted?
Harry M. Covert

I’m not quite certain, but the use of vain and profane babblings has sure become prevalent on every venue these days. This has been brought on by the political vernacular in use on all levels. Now, no one even flinches.


May 26, 2016
This Weekend for Heroes
Harry M. Covert

The coming weekend will be bright and fair, perfect for the fun and sun beach enthusiasts and those enjoying backyard grilling or other restful pursuits.

May 19, 2016
Saluting Sailors on Maritime Day
Harry M. Covert

Amid magnificent rolling hills and farms throughout Frederick County there are not lots of conversations about ocean-going vessels and those who serve or have served in maritime endeavors. It is entirely appropriate to alert the public about Sunday celebrations of National Maritime Day.

May 17, 2016
Tomfoolery Still On, Time for a Real Poll
Harry M. Covert

Perhaps the time has come to consider the negative effects of the constant news cycle of presidential politics. The health of everyone is truly threatened these days. It takes lots of chutzpah and self-discipline to turn off “the teevee” and computers and all matters of the latest technologies.

May 13, 2016
Explaining Number 13
Harry M. Covert

I can’t resist it. Today marks Triskaidekaphobia. No, this is not when the populace is incessantly scratching, or itching, or running for the hills, or fearing things like ghosts, or scurrying from black cats and ladders or debating the mark of the beast.

May 10, 2016
A Chicken in Every Pot
Harry M. Covert

The chickens are coming home to roost, at least within the friendly educated confines of Frederick’s city limits. Those who love fowl play are all excited now, clucking with joy.

May 5, 2016
The Revamped Political Landscape
Harry M. Covert

The day is going to arrive soon when all of the “Republican establishment aficionados” stop running to their cubbyholes or dens and begin their lives as “posterior osculators.”

April 26, 2016
Tips on Election Day
Harry M. Covert

In case all the wise and ebullient people have somehow forgotten, today is Election Day. Perhaps the county-wide polling centers will be stormed and keep the judges busy, unable to take a break to go to lunch.

April 25, 2016
The Loo, Downtown, What If's
Harry M. Covert

In these days of fast changing lifestyles, it is always pleasant to receive notes from readers. Usually when readers disagree with viewpoints, they are civil.

April 21, 2016
Boots on the Ground Here?
Harry M. Covert

So, a national presidential wannabe hopes to charm the smart people of Frederick today. Wouldn't you know it? My laptop has crashed. My 50-year-old plus Royal typewriter still works but, similar to politics of today, not capable of cutting the mustard in the world of computers.

April 19, 2016
From Poll Tax to Norman Thomas to Sanders
Harry M. Covert

I voted early in the Maryland primary – last week. Right here in Frederick County it was a delight to see all of the smiling faces of election judges and workers, who were tickled with the turnout and the fun of seeing people learning how to use a ballpoint to make selections.

April 14, 2016
Gardner’s Arriving Budget
Harry M. Covert

First ever Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner has taken to the job with plenty of zeal. She has developed an effective ability to communicate. This job is not an easy task for anyone.

April 12, 2016
A Chat with President Otis
Harry M. Covert

It’s easy to be verbose about the machinations on national politics. It’s not so tranquil to comment about local affairs when it’s so close to home, and the writers and partisan observers just might run into their victims in the grocery store or restaurants.

April 11, 2016
Interviews with Mr. Truman, GW and TJ
Harry M. Covert

I’ve interviewed lots of people over the years. I can say it was fun then and also in these days of remembering the words of so many personages from politicians to sports figures to hell-fire and damnation preachers.

April 7, 2016
Politics, Baseball and The Masters
Harry M. Covert

This is the week that is, if I can use most of the title of a long ago television show. Politics on both the national and local levels is incredibly stunning, baseball is back and the preeminent golf tournament, The Masters, is under way today.

March 29, 2016
‘Packing’ for the Convention?
Harry M. Covert

In these zany days watching exciting events unfolding everywhere, there is so much to say, write and disseminate. The business of cacoethes scribendi gets easier and easier. In the midst of all the serious business, there is plenty of room for belly laughs, guffaws and grins.

March 24, 2016
A Rest from Nerve-Wracking News
Harry M. Covert

It is a good thing society, as we live it, is fat and sassy. Of course, there are numerous levels of our standing and, let’s face it, we’re more fortunate than most of the rest of the world.

March 22, 2016
Conjurers Criss-Crossing the Land
Harry M. Covert

Now is the time for all Kool-Aid drinkers, professional left and right-wingers, and middle-of-the-roaders of all sorts to take a “chill pill” for a few days – or weeks – or months.

March 15, 2016
Chief Justice Taney and Francis Scott Key?
Harry M. Covert

It probably isn’t nice to say, but the business of re-writing history, especially of America long, long ago, is wrong, stupid and inconceivable. There can be no renegotiating events of days gone by to fit in the modern day.

March 10, 2016
When Frederick Crime News is Good
Harry M. Covert

Here’s a real “BREAKING NEWS” story, a true blue “BULLETIN” and an EXCLUSIVE. The crime rate throughout the largest Maryland county is at an almost all-time low.

March 8, 2016
Sinking Into the Abyss – Politically & Money Wise
Harry M. Covert

There are so many exciting things going on, both pro and con, good and bad and plain old ridiculous, so let’s have a good potpourri or even a synthesis of the news cycle.

March 2, 2016
Mike Fitzgerald – Gardener Extraordinaire, Real Patriot
Harry M. Covert

The Friday for Lunch Bunch. For the first time in more than three decades this choice aggregation will be silent and idle. Two days from now the food will have to wait, political conversations will be quieted. In honor of the co-founder of the pleasant weekly talk-a-thon, he will be praised amidst sadness and a celebration of a wonderful life.

February 26, 2016
Frederick’s Political Pot is Brewing
Harry M. Covert

The political pot may sometime just simmer on low. Just when everybody figures all is quiet around and about, the bubbling erupts and spews on some prospects. Almost in unison murmurs abound, “Who me?”

February 25, 2016
The Ethics of Snow Removal
Harry M. Covert

Sure seems like all the froo froo about ethics emanating from Frederick County’s Winchester Hall is truly a waste of time and chin wags. Creation of citizen commissions to involve themselves in non-existent violators and violations is merely make work and stall techniques.

February 23, 2016
When Courts, Schools are Solid
Harry M. Covert

There are plenty of challenging public positions. It is rather easy to sit in comfortable living rooms and criticize and mock those who seek public offices. In my days of developing, most assuredly as an “expert,” it was my good fortune to learn how to observe and respect electeds and wannabes.

February 9, 2016
Electing The School Board
Harry M. Covert

Candidates are lining up, filling out requirements for the campaign, and I’m preparing for conversations regarding the battles for the Frederick County Board of Education. This electoral process is – without doubt – one of the most important for every family and all the youngsters going to classes.

February 2, 2016
Bible Speak, Politics, Oodles
Harry M. Covert

All the late tittle tattle about how to speak in Bible, most particularly among the political class, is rather interesting, fun and nonsense. Actually, at the risk of starting verbal combat, the King James Version traditionalists hold fast to the orthodoxy. It ain’t funny, folks, particularly to those “standing on the promises.”

January 26, 2016
Bonhomie and the Blizzard
Harry M. Covert

It’s too easy to comment on the weather. In a few more days things may be back in order. And everybody concerned with the failings, foibles and foolishness in political battles can get back to the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.

January 19, 2016
Maury Hassett – Bon Vivant, WWII Hero
Harry M. Covert

It is Friday, May 8 2015. The big screen is blaring and the Friday friend’s lunch group is just getting started at The Shamrock gabbing about the events of the day, mostly about local events and most assuredly about politics of all sorts. The chatter was in fun, from experience and comradery, better than I’ve ever experienced.

January 14, 2016
Ethics, Oaths and Red Herrings
Harry M. Covert

When good citizens decide to stand for public office, they must get fitted for iron pants, a strong constitution and mental perspicacity to withstand assaults verbal and otherwise.

January 12, 2016
Official Disclosure for Readers
Harry M. Covert