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Monday, January 25, 2021

Opinions

Opinion pieces are supplied by The Tentacle writers and contributors who live or have lived in Frederick County.

Lockdowners Speak with Privilege, and Contempt for the Poor and Working Class

The Great Barrington Declaration, signed last weekend, has unleashed a torrent of criticism. This was to be expected, since it conflicts with the public health prescription that has attained a religious-like status in many circles: lockdowns and social distancing must be enforced in order to stop or slow transmission of the coronavirus.

Overheard In The Elevator

Overheard in the elevator that parents of Frederick County Public School students are angry, frustrated and disappointed in Board of Education President, Brad Young. It...

Witchcraft, Leprosy, and Covid: “Power to Harm” as Political Weapon

The Covid pandemic is mired in questions of responsibility and blame. In the heat of panic, we abandoned all of our prior behaviors and assumptions surrounding communicable diseases, instantly replacing them with a propaganda-driven “new morality.” In the ultimate switcheroo, instead of assuming personal responsibility for our own health, we are now encouraged to blame others for hurting us if they refuse to fundamentally alter their lives in order to “protect” us.

Ronald Reagan’s A Time For Choosing

Today would be the perfect day to spend some time listening to the speech that is said to have put Ronald Reagan on the road to the Presidency. It's perfect for today because we find ourselves once again in a time for choosing. Do we surrender to the Democrat/Socialist/Marxists or fight with all that is in us to keep the American dream alive?

Celebrate Entrepreneurs, Don’t Guillotine Them

Imagine a benefactor, almost a Santa Claus, who provides millions of dollars worth of goods each day to millions of customers. The goods are more bountiful, cheaper, and easier to purchase from his store than any single retail establishment of the past, even the vaunted shopping malls and department stores, like Macy’s, which once called itself the “largest store in the world.”

Frederick County Shaming Wall Goes Down In Flames

The Tentacle doesn’t usually publish new columns on Sunday, but we felt an exception was in order. We don’t hear enough about how sharing information can make positive changes in our neighborhoods so when it happens, we want to report on it.

Frederick County Karens Bringing The Shame

The Frederick County “Karen’s” have created a Facebook Page: Frederick County WALL of SHAME Anti Maskers Exposed. You have to laugh because those of us who don’t wear masks aren’t really ashamed or hiding it. You should also be nervous because these kinds of groups incite violence toward the innocent whose only crime is disagreeing with the use of face masks.

How Government Sells Fear and Sickness: The Case of the Flu

This fall expect the government-funded flu propaganda machine to be out in full force telling you it is your duty to receive a flu vaccination. In language similar to what they use for masks, we are instructed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to “protect yourself—and those around you—by getting a flu vaccine.”

Republican Convention Is Hope-filled

Last night was the first night of the Republican National Convention. There was quite the contrast from the Democratic National Convention. Visually it was amore appealing but what I noticed more than anything else: the RNC featured regular Americans like you and me, not the “entertainment” crowd.

The Politicization of the Post Office was Inevitable

In the ramp-up to the election, the United States Post Office (USPS) has been a strange object of debate. Numerous politicians and pundits (on all sides of the political spectrum) have claimed that the USPS is being politicized. That is a strange claim to me as an economic historian who has spent time studying the history of postal services. I say strange because the origins of the USPS are not to be found in high ideals but rather in the dirty world of politicking. As such, when one claims that the USPS is being politicized, one is highlighting its very nature.