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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Still Searching Without Luck
Tom McLaughlin

Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – And it's still raining! Major flooding now but not in Kuching where I live. Southern kampongs are all awash, schools closed and the government is flying in relief.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Twiddledumb and Twiddledumber
Harry M. Covert

The past few weeks in Frederick have been rather interesting, entertaining and especially uplifting for journalists in all categories. During the fortnight when national and statewide events might overshadow goings-on locally, untoward conduct reared its ugly head and “really and truly” enables all of us to just guffaw.

Wrong Rhubarb
Roy Meachum

Del. Kathy Afzali (R., 4th) has picked the wrong battle. Chuck Jenkins yielded the county GOP chair in order to accept the sheriff’s job – confirming my initial impression.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Failed Process Leads to Fractured Party
Jill King

While Del. Kathy Afzali (R., 4th) would love for this column to be about her, it isn't. Her issues run much deeper than a bi-weekly column can contain. Her actions against public officials and constituents are too egregious to document until closer to the 2018 election, although we shouldn't be shocked to see a few in the next four years.

Invisible Rabbits and Declining Memory
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

We’re returning to familiar ground, this time the stage at Frederick Community College’s Jack Kussmaul Theater. This column, if you bother to go back through the decades-long history, occasionally touches upon the theme of community theater in Frederick.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sticks and Stones
Joe Charlebois

It has been a great week for County Councilman Kirby Delauter. Not so much for fellow Republican and District 4 State Delegate Kathy Afzali. Three weeks ago at the Vigilant Hose Co. banquet, Ms. Afzali sent an anonymous text message to Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins that has her in hot water.

Reverse Thinking
Roy Meachum

Democrat Jan Gardner is the reverse of what I’ve heard. All things now will be Republican. When I moved here in 1984, as I’ve said, matters could be judged from the “Donkey” party; of course, James E. “Doc” McClellan was in charge.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Politicianís Jealousy
Harry M. Covert


I want to thank Kathy Afzali today. Her continuing audacity has weaned me from developing reportage that stirred the cockles of my heart. By the way, there are no such things as cockles, cochleae cordis, if you please.

An Argument for Secular Government
Patricia A. Kelly

Last Sunday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd interviewed Gerard Biard, new editor of Charlie Hebdo. Condolences were expressed, and concern for the living staff, those still hospitalized, and those wondering why they escaped injury and what they can do for their colleagues.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Routine Daily Adventures
Tom McLaughlin

Kuching, Malaysian Borneo – Boy, is it raining! The Sarawak River almost overflowed its' banks and is now receding. Thunder and lightning have been flashing and booming for over three days. The locals say landas (monsoon season) has finally arrived. I though it showed up about a month ago when all night rains began to happen. I guess weather is changing everywhere.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Let the Mulcting Begin
Harry M. Covert

Without doubt, all of us “plain people” will be somewhat agog tonight. Even those who don’t have cable will be able to watch the assembled public spirited leaders put on smiling faces, plenty of crimson ties and scarves on the happy occasion in the Capitol where senators and representatives may be on their best behavior.

Second Job
Roy Meachum

My old Frederick News-Post colleague, Ike Wilson, trotted out the first job since I entered the employment market. To put it concisely, the South wasn’t ready for the organization of labor, maybe off in Atlanta – the big city in Georgia.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Letter Writing Legislators
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Recently, 27 state delegates and senators, all Democrats, submitted an open letter to The letter is intended to serve as advice to newly elected Gov. Larry Hogan as he prepares to take the oath of office on Wednesday.

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