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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Opinions

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

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.

Democrats Pledge To Unite America

I wanted to watch the Democratic National Convention (DNC). When I learned that Socialist Bernie Sanders was allotted more time than any other speaker (eight minutes), I was very disappointed.

The Gaslighting of the American People

You’ve heard it before: you’re the victim of political gaslighting. Depending on the news source, the villain might be President Trump, or Governor Cuomo, or Senator Sanders, or Gambian President Barrow. But gaslighted you are.

Teachers Fear Discovery During Distance Learning

Many parents got a wakeup call over the weekend of August 8, 2020. Matthew Kay, a 34-year-old English teacher at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia let the world see what many parents fear. Children ARE being indoctrinated behind closed doors out of sight of their parents.

The Injustice We Live In: The Frederick County Council and Board of Education

In a very disturbing video of a County Council meeting, Councilmember Jessica Fitzwater stated that she is a racist. She believes that racism is based on the color of one’s skin. “White people are white supremacists”; she says, especially if they have a higher socio-economic status or hold a position in government.