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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

August 23, 2016
Some Words for the Wise
Harry M. Covert

This space has inveighed numerous times against Frederick County's charter government. Similarly, discussion is prominent toward the administration and tactics of the elected county executive who, in reality, is the chief cook and bottle washer. The position is untouchable.

August 18, 2016
The Day of Fountain Pens, No. 2 Pencils
Harry M. Covert

Back to school days. How exciting for all the young girls and boys preparing for kindergarten and elementary learning, plus the older and sophisticated heading to junior and senior high schools ready for classroom academic sessions and extracurricular activities, athletics and Friday night football and marching bands.

August 15, 2016
Non-Compos Mentis and $49,736.87
Harry M. Covert

There are so many needy causes to support in Frederick County, it is impossible to list them all here.


August 12, 2016
You're Kidding, A Taxless Week
Harry M. Covert

I missed out on the downtown Frederick promotion tour of the upcoming statewide sales tax holiday. Except for some local officials, I wasn't alone.

August 11, 2016
They Went for the Gold
Harry M. Covert

What a pleasant week for most everyone, including me. I got serious and into good shape for the Olympiad in Rio.

August 8, 2016
Quiet Thurmont in the News
Harry M. Covert

The news cycle enjoyed these days is wonderful. Other than being worn out in this startling Information Age, copycats come to the fore with dangerous acts.

August 4, 2016
Robbin’, Shootin’ in Downtown Frederick
Harry M. Covert

For the life if me, I don't understand why the Annapolis legislature won't allow concealed carry weapons for good people.

August 2, 2016
Hear ye! Hear ye! Please!
Harry M. Covert

Several items need attention involving life and times in the city and county of Frederick. I have the floor. I'm not running for any office and have no intention of doing so.

July 28, 2016
The Joys of Journalism
Harry M. Covert

For a moment, why not talk about some good things in the land of liberty? It can be done despite the free-for-all enveloping in every section of America, excluding our compatriots to the north and south.

July 26, 2016
Warning: Money, Money, More Money
Harry M. Covert

“The following may be a trigger warning." It is nice that teevee people are so caring about emotional stress of viewers.


July 22, 2016
An Early Morning Education
Harry M. Covert

Where does it say in the law – or anywhere else – that good people just oughta give up and let robbers and gun-toting thieves have their way? I mean, shooting, stealing or threatening us and getting away with such conduct.

July 21, 2016
Keep Bags of Quote Marks Handy
Harry M. Covert

I learned early in the writing and newspaper games to always keep a bag full of quotation marks handy. You never know when wit and wisdom will strike and a pen, pencil or keyboard of some sort needs attention.

July 18, 2016
Un-hyphenating Lifestyles
Harry M. Covert

Tragedy after tragedy continues to befall life as we know it. I will admit shamelessly that the police fatal shootings in Falcon Heights, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA, brought real tears to my eyes. Then the Dallas assassinations of five police officers brought horror to my heart. And now, Baton Rouge again.

July 14, 2016
'Neutrals' Fooling Partisans
Harry M. Covert

So, according to a peculiar tradition, the Frederick County Board of Education election is nonpartisan. For the naïve and innocent, this means members are neutral, or eunuchs, when it comes to partisan politics. They are elected supposedly as non-Democrats and non-Republicans and other political influence.

July 7, 2016
A Nation 'Up for Grabs'
Harry M. Covert

Not for one second was I among the many who figured federal charges of any sort would be brought against a woman presidential nominee.

July 4, 2016
Happy Birthday to Us
Harry M. Covert

Never thought I'd reach the 240th birthday of the greatest country on the planet. I most certainly have, as have so many millions today; so without further ado, let’s eat, drink and be merry.

July 1, 2016
Governor’s Cabinet, 20-20 Vision
Harry M. Covert

Here we are smack in the middle of summer. Everybody in this haven of tranquility, I am speaking about Frederick City and county and all the other towns, is getting ready for the weekend and the birthday celebration.

June 28, 2016
Vigils and the Bully Pulpit
Harry M. Covert

The time has come for a real vigil. Using this bully pulpit, something must be done to halt the slide to “Hell in a Handbasket” as a humorist of yore penned more than a century ago.

June 14, 2016
The Pulse of the Nation
Harry M. Covert

By all rights the subject today ought to be about local topics of interest. There are plenty. The growing upheaval regarding the Frederick County Council and more specifically, the so-called leadership of the president which is swirling – whether partisans agree or not. And, continuing, the discourtesy to the minority members of the board.

June 9, 2016
World Series for Politics and Baseball
Harry M. Covert

Multi-tasking can be fun. This is expressly true when it comes to punching the teevee remote control in these largesse days of politics, baseball and tweeting. The fields of communication and comments are white with harvest – dare we use a scriptural emphasis.

June 7, 2016
Keeping the Pots Boiling
Harry M. Covert

Everybody all over the place is enduring the shock treatment of the past year. It’s hard to imagine the national political free-for-all gets worse every 24-hour period. It does.

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