Blaine for County Executive


| Steven R. Berryman | Chris Cavey | Joe Charlebois | Guest Columnist | Harry M. Covert | Patricia A. Kelly | Jill King | Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh | Tom McLaughlin | Roy Meachum | Zachary Peters | Cindy A. Rose | John W. Ashbury | Blaine R. Young |


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kudos, Criticisms and Suggestions
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m with fellow columnist Harry Covert. I’ve joined his self-imposed summer election hiatus without even knowing it. My signs aren’t back up yet, not until the end of Labor Day. We definitely needed a break.

An Open Letter to Jan Gardner
Guest Columnist

Take away the spin. Take away the politics. What if it weren’t an election but rather an executive search? What decision would a corporate hiring team make about Jan Gardner as an executive director candidate with the information currently in hand? Hugh Gordon speculates.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Commercial Real Estate, Politics and Abraham Lincoln
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Examine well that Pig in the Poke before you buy ... or cast your ballot in November’s General Election.

Appeasing the Spirit World
Tom McLaughlin

Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – There are two worlds here in Borneo. The one is of everyday life, in which people go to work or school, live in kampongs or longhouses, and paddle the boats up the river practicing for the races. This is the earth you and I are familiar with; the living, breathing and dying of humankind.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Night-sticks and Recalcitrant People
Harry M. Covert

A self-imposed muzzle prevents any dedicated name-calling, fact-based or otherwise until after next Monday. Then it may become open combat regarding county-wide races for the executive, council members and the other competitions.

Not Stopping Questions
Roy Meachum

It turns out the quote is from Albert Einstein: “The important thing is not stopping questions.”

Monday, August 25, 2014

One Bad Apple Spoiling The “Barrel”
Jill King

The Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA) has been known for years for their ability to access state funds to endorse candidates in Frederick County. They seem to be willing to do anything in order to gain the seats needed by controlling local elections for the county’s Board of Education.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri! Again!!!
Roy Meachum

In the first place, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was beyond race. Of course, the diagrams from the autopsies came to light detailing that Police Officer Darren Wilson shot Mr. Brown in various body locations, including the top of his head.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Real Bullies, Killers and Criminals
Harry M. Covert

Won’t be long now. The imaginary Labor Day political campaign kickoff rolls into ribald, raucous and rip-roaring high gear. Everyone has been waiting for this. Gloves will be off in a contumely manner.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Blaine R. Young

I have received literally hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls concerning a proposed shooting range on Thurston Road. Although I do my best to respond to each person personally, in the event I missed anyone I want to make my position on this application absolutely clear.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Time Travel with the Frederick County Chamber
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Sometimes to see the political future, it is important to go back in time! It was an exciting day for the Chamber of Commerce on August 12, as Board Chairman Josh Bokee introduced the new President and CEO of the organization – Elizabeth Cromwell.

A Conversation with Robin Williams
Tom McLaughlin

Well, Robin, you finally did it. Ended what everybody thought was a perfect life. Lots of great movies, a stand-up comic and an Academy Award. Most of us are very sad, Robin. Very sad.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Attempted Murder of Frederick Policeman
Harry M. Covert

To borrow an age-old saying, silence is deafening from a vast majority of locals and national citizens and politicians, except for the usual suspects. I’m referring to the civil unrest ongoing in the show-me state, “missoura.”

Roy Meachum

We called it something else; but here and there desegregation takes place, like in Ferguson, Missouri. Police killed teenager Michael Brown; from all I’ve heard, this is not a racial murder. True, Mr. Brown was spotted without firearms. Officer Darren Wilson brought his official sidearm.

Yellow Cab
The Morning News Express with Bob Miller
The Covert Letter

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