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The Tentacle

Patricia A. Kelly

September 30, 2016
The Debate, and So On
Patricia A. Kelly

The big event is over. There’s lots of talk about it, of course, with disagreement about the winner, usually divided along partisan lines.

September 15, 2016
Trump v. Clinton plus Obama
Patricia A. Kelly

I’m sure my life would be happier and more peaceful without this presidential election, but, I admit, I’m a political junkie right now and just can’t ignore it, or the behavior of our president.

August 30, 2016
Now, Consider This
Patricia A. Kelly

The presidential campaign, no surprise here, is on fire. We’re waiting to see how the other shoe falls for Hillary Clinton, as more government-related, destroyed emails surface from the accounts of people who received them.

August 19, 2016
Musings on Europe
Patricia A. Kelly

I awoke the morning after returning from Europe with a sense of dismay because the hotel where I stayed while in Prague was built on the site where Jews were gathered for transport to the camp called Theresinstadt, to await transfer to death camps.

July 22, 2016
The Fun Side of Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

So, politics can be fun after all. The Republican National Convention has been full of fun, along with some very interesting moments.

July 15, 2016
An End to Anger
Patricia A. Kelly

Born in Washington, D.C. a blonde white girl, I grew up there in the 1950s. My parents allowed no talk of racism in our home. In kindergarten, I experienced my first crush, on a black classmate, Ricky. No one told me that wasn’t okay. I was allowed to believe that Ricky was a person, just like me.

July 12, 2016
What A Choice (!) ?
Patricia A. Kelly

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton shared an Air Force One flight to North Carolina last Tuesday to attend their first joint campaign rally. There was hugging and laughter, as well as a little dance from the shirt-sleeved president, who shared his famous campaign slogan “Fired up and ready to go!”

June 30, 2016
The Most Important Elections
Patricia A. Kelly

This year it’s Congress, and by that I mean both the House and the Senate. The presidential race is a mess, with the Republican candidate talking like a bully on the playground, and the Democrat under serious FBI investigation.

June 23, 2016
Time to Buckle Down
Patricia A. Kelly

It looks like the presidential candidates are buckling down for the general election, and making some changes. Tuesday I heard Hillary Clinton making a measured, anti-Donald Trump speech, without a single shriek. I hear she’s hired a speech coach.

June 16, 2016
Tragedy and Meaning
Patricia A. Kelly

This week has marked the largest mass shooting in American history, the worst terrorist attack on U.S soil since the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center in New York.

June 2, 2016
The Issues and The Solutions
Patricia A. Kelly

What a crazy time in politics! Our presidential election, just so far, has been unbelievable, from the Republican presumptive nominee’s name calling to the federal investigation into the email use by the Democratic front runner.

May 19, 2016
The Media
Patricia A. Kelly

Stop torturing me! I mean it. I can’t stand to listen, read or watch you anymore. All you’re looking for is sensation, when I’m looking for news.

April 28, 2016
A New Decade
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s coming for me. Another big birthday. In fact, as a cruel friend once told me prior to another birthday, actuarially speaking, I’m already there. This one is the one when I officially become old. I’m pretty sure I’m not ready for that.

April 14, 2016
Electing the President
Patricia A. Kelly

We, the people, don’t. Donald Trump’s campaign’s naiveté regarding the workings of the presidential election system, and his surprise that winning the popular vote doesn’t directly give him delegate votes, can serve as a reminder to all of us that our say in the presidential election is quite limited.

March 31, 2016
True Life’s Blessings
Patricia A. Kelly

How lucky am I, to be married, through my child, into a family that, more than anything, knows how to celebrate. Every holiday, no matter how small, is cause for parties and gifts, which is exactly the way life should be.

March 17, 2016
Handwriting on the Wall
Patricia A. Kelly

It may be over. Yes, we’ll continue to have primaries, but it will be a surprise if Ted Cruz, John Kasich or Bernie Sanders wins their party’s presidential nomination.

March 3, 2016
The Presidential Conundrum, or American Society 101
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s happening, and those of us not thrilled might as well get used to it. Donald Trump is winning. He may well win the Republican nomination and run against Hillary Clinton for president.

February 18, 2016
Light in the Week’s Darkness
Patricia A. Kelly

Within three hours of the announcement of the death of renowned Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, politicians, fight or flight hormones fully engaged, were ready, not to lament his death, or to honor him for his incredible career, but to fire another weapon in their ongoing political battle.

February 4, 2016
The Voting Has Just Begun
Patricia A. Kelly

The Iowa caucuses are over, the results interesting. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who mounted an impeccable and perfectly Iowan campaign, won. He appeals to many evangelicals, and this is their heartland. Iowa was his turf, and he did everything right.

January 21, 2016
Paternalism 101, and Other Stories
Patricia A. Kelly

2016 has begun in a crazy and difficult way for me. Family members and friends have been sick and in need of help, and politics in my own community turned into a raging maelstrom.

December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas
Patricia A. Kelly

For me, the onset of the Christmas season brings annoyance and anger. I’ll be so busy. All this gift giving and partying, public events and lights, and hours of tree decorating interfere with my plans, not to mention all the things I usually do, which I want to do more than ever now that there’s no time for them.

December 3, 2015
Reaping What You Sow
Patricia A. Kelly

Watching television the other night I saw Joe the Plumber, fat body decked out in camouflage gear, reaching for his Prilosec. The ad implied that little pill will keep his stomach happy, and heartburn at bay, no matter what he eats.

November 19, 2015
ISIL and the Great War
Patricia A. Kelly

What a tragedy, Paris under attack. More innocent people killed, and a clear display of the reach of ISIL.

November 5, 2015
Brickbats and Soundbites
Patricia A. Kelly

A dreadful form of “news,” these twisted, context-free headlines and posts, are major obstacles to political dialogue. Can you believe it?

October 15, 2015
Running With Scissors
Patricia A. Kelly

You’ve heard of the T shirt. The alternative is “Plays Well with Others.” I’m sorry to say, fellow conservatives, many of you are going to have to wear “Running with Scissors,” and, on your heads, a dunce cap.

October 1, 2015
The Matter with Congress
Patricia A. Kelly

After we finish spitting expletives through our teeth and banging our heads in frustration against the nearest wall, we try to figure out what’s the matter with Congress.

September 17, 2015
Dear Donald!
Patricia A. Kelly

We’ve had quite a ride, haven’t we, Donald? Helicopters, private jets, and adulation everywhere we go. People suck up to us, as well they should, and, because I’m with you, I’m part of it.

September 3, 2015
Straight Shooting and Common Sense
Patricia A. Kelly

Gun control is a hot topic on the national scene right now. Sometimes the media reports it as a solution to crime. At other times the flag the shooter is holding or the uniform he’s wearing is the problem.

August 20, 2015
Carly and Ben, the Other Outsiders
Patricia A. Kelly

We’ve heard plenty about Donald Trump, more than plenty. Most television commentators, definitely including conservatives, wrinkle up their noses and talk about the “post Trump” choices.

August 6, 2015
Paybacks are Hell
Patricia A. Kelly

The funniest story of the day is that Donald Trump is leading in the Republican primary race. It is also the “unfunniest.” It’s difficult to imagine people really electing such an outrageous narcissist, not to mention electing Hillary Clinton, that beacon of transparency and honor.

July 30, 2015
English, Please
Patricia A. Kelly

On August 18, the Frederick County Council will vote on whether to repeal the law proclaiming Frederick County, Maryland’s official language as English.

July 20, 2015
Thoughts to Ponder
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s been vacation time for me, if you consider putting on a family reunion for 45 people and a dinner for 20, in a place where you don’t live, a vacation. I’ve been on slow speed ever since.

June 18, 2015
American Evolution?
Patricia A. Kelly

Our society is definitely changing. This is being written on a laptop in a parking lot in Front Royal, Virginia. You remember those, right? They’re obsolete now. I should be using an iPad. I am finding my way by using the GPS on my phone. Still, I am way behind the up to date world.

May 28, 2015
Death Penalty and Integrity
Patricia A. Kelly

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on May 15 for his part in the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago. The sentence was imposed under federal guidelines, as Massachusetts forbids this punishment.

May 14, 2015
Riot’s Legacy
Patricia A. Kelly

Things have definitely improved in the lives of black Americans, and for other persons of color. We have a black president, and many black senior government officials. More and more professionals show up in color. Almost every gubernatorial ticket in the last election in Maryland included a person of color.

April 30, 2015
Time to Support Our Police
Patricia A. Kelly

We are reeling from Monday’s riot in Baltimore. The people rioting are not animals, and mostly not even thugs, although those from outside, including whoever sent high school students the “Purge” message, along with riot instigators, arsonists and looters, are despicable.

April 16, 2015
It’s Four to One, the One Being Reinvented
Patricia A. Kelly

I don’t know how she does it, but Hillary Clinton has done it again. There she is, in her announcement video. (Just take a look, if you haven’t seen it. It’s about the only thing on her website – no actual policy suggestions.)

April 9, 2015
And the Beat Goes On…..
Patricia A. Kelly

Sipping coffee with one hand, pulling on your sock with the other, you prepare to go forth and meet your day. It happens over and over, this morning ritual.

March 19, 2015
Insisting on Cooperation
Patricia A. Kelly

Blaine Young suggested “working together to get things done in his recent letter to The Frederick News Post. He had other things to say as well, including that bit suggesting his promise to run only once was the cause of his election loss. How silly was that?

March 4, 2015
Republican Debacle
Patricia A. Kelly

Most of you probably don’t remember the old Peter, Paul and Mary singing group, let alone the song with the lines, “When will they ever learn…?” That’s what one must – unfortunately – ask today about some members of the Republican Party.


February 19, 2015
New Year, Old Solutions
Patricia A. Kelly

Politics can be so annoying, especially when politicians in leadership positions behave unethically, or outrageously. Allowing oneself to become angry about it, though, can limit the possibility of a thoughtful response.

February 5, 2015
King Abdullah’s Finest Hour
Patricia A. Kelly

How stunning and horrifying was the most recent ISIL crime, the murder of Moath al-Hasasbeh, young Muslim father, Jordanian military pilot and son of one of Jordan’s most important tribes.

January 29, 2015
Now Is The Time…
Patricia A. Kelly

The term “beneficence” is used in ethics, and relates to benefit, or beneficial actions. It reflects a concern for the wellbeing of others, whether research subjects, the sick, constituents, or fellow citizens.

January 22, 2015
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.

January 1, 2015
Happy New Year
Patricia A. Kelly

Though it comes every year, the New Year’s beginning always provides a unique opportunity. One can pause, takes a quick look back, and then take that big step forward.

December 18, 2014
A Big Thank You to Jonathan Gruber
Patricia A. Kelly

A lot of people are very angry with Jonathan Gruber these days. He is the MIT professor who wrote the Massachusetts health care law, and earned $393,000 consulting with the White House on the writing of the Affordable Care Act, under President Barack Obama.

November 20, 2014
And So It Begins…Again.
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama, having waited until after the election, has announced that he will do what he can, using executive order, to create immigration reform. Republicans responded by suggesting that he is violating the Constitution, trying to look good, attempting to create a legacy, trying to pick a fight, etc.

November 6, 2014
The Good News and the Bad News
Patricia A. Kelly

The midterms are over, except for a runoff, and a wait for absentee ballots here and there. The Republicans won. That’s it, both the good and the bad.

October 23, 2014
Politics – Love and Hate
Patricia A. Kelly

What really bothers me about politics is politics. It’s a game, like football, and the objective is to win. It has nothing to do with the people, community needs, the state of the world, the environment, or anything that really matters (except the well-being of the winner and his friends).

October 9, 2014
An Ebola Primer
Patricia A. Kelly

It wasn’t going anywhere but Africa. Authorities were trying to keep everyone calm, of course, so we wouldn’t all run to the hospital.

September 25, 2014
It’s Complicated
Patricia A. Kelly

The other day, a good friend of mine posted two photos on Facebook. The first was of the Klu Klux Klan, the second of ISIL fighters. His comment was that no one equates the Klan with Christianity. Why, then, equate ISIL with Islam?

September 11, 2014
Benghazi: What Difference Does It Make?
Patricia A. Kelly

Today is September 11, 2014. I hope and pray that this anniversary won’t be marked with another act of terrorism, another anniversary assault such as the one September 11 and 12, 2012, on the U. S. Embassy Compound in Benghazi, Libya.

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.

August 14, 2014
Take a Break
Patricia A. Kelly

What a summer! In the past few weeks alone in our region, an 8-year-old and two 3-year-old children have been murdered by random gun shots, some while standing on the street, others sleeping in their beds.

July 31, 2014
Immigration, Yet Again
Patricia A. Kelly

As you might have noticed, from reading past columns, the subject of immigration and the immigration battles ongoing in our country for decades, at lease, hold strong interest for me.

July 17, 2014
Immigration – The Endless Story
Patricia A. Kelly

Immigration, a solvable problem, already extensively studied, with clear, sensible recommendations already written, continues endlessly unresolved, as our present leaders dance around it, political gain remaining foremost in their little minds.

July 3, 2014
E’nuff Is E’nuff, Already!
Patricia A. Kelly

United States school systems are beginning to ban birthday cupcakes from schools, one end result of First Lady Michelle Obama’s strong support of guidelines regarding nutrition in school. Really? Children may no longer bring cupcakes to school on their birthdays?

June 19, 2014
The People’s Republic of Maryland…
Patricia A. Kelly

People call it that sometimes, due to excessive taxes and regulations. It is not a republic, of course, but a state; and, although we sometimes forget this, it actually belongs to the people, if we so choose. We outnumber our leaders and are free to decide who runs things.

June 5, 2014
Too Little Too Late
Patricia A. Kelly

A couple of months ago I attended a walking demonstration from Market Street’s Asiana Restaurant to City Hall protesting Frederick City’s inaction on the property, condemned for years. Yes, that’s years.

May 22, 2014
Freedom of Speech
Patricia A. Kelly

Along with freedom of religion, the freedom to pursue happiness, life, and liberty, freedom of speech is a fundamental human right in America. It appears, however, that this right has been usurped by the requirement for political correctness in American life.

May 8, 2014
Responsibility in America
Patricia A. Kelly

Banner faces $40K Cleanup” read The Frederick News-Post headline on Wednesday. Sometime between the end of the Willy Wonka play on Saturday night, and 10:30 on Sunday morning, someone blasted the interior of two school buildings with chemicals from the fire extinguishers.

April 24, 2014
Standards – and Common Core
Patricia A. Kelly

I recently attended to a gripping presentation on “Common Core,” the new, nearly nation-wide system of educational standards being implemented across America. Common Core was decried by the presenter as a federal takeover of the education system, as well as a dumbing-down of American education, not to mention unconstitutional.

April 10, 2014
New Beginnings
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s spring again. Some said they couldn’t imagine it ever coming this year after the incredible amount of cold and snow we’ve had. It made us believers in old stories about riding to school in horse-drawn sleighs. In many recent winters, we haven’t even needed snow tires.

March 27, 2014
Obamacare Deadline
Patricia A. Kelly

As the March 31 healthcare sign up deadline for this year approaches, our president and his minions are out there in a last minute push to get one million more people to sign up for Obamacare. The original goal was seven million signups, but now we only need six million.

February 27, 2014
Catastrophic Anthropomorphic Climate Change and Common Core
Patricia A. Kelly

In more simple English, this headline means catastrophic climate change caused by human activity. Charles Krauthammer, writing in last Saturday’s Frederick News-Post, almost stole my thunder on this subject, except for one thing. In an otherwise excellent column, he said he doesn’t believe in climate change.

February 13, 2014
Time for a New Home
Patricia A. Kelly

Just a few years ago in a town called Frederick lived a man with an amazing dog. This dog was an English pointer, white with black spots, always assumed to be a Dalmatian, because of his disguise.

January 30, 2014
Concussion – Up Close and Personal
Patricia A. Kelly

Two months ago my granddaughter, Rory Murphy McClain, fell off of a running horse. I didn’t see the fall, as the horse was between us, but I heard the thump as she hit the soft, sawdust covered ring floor.

January 16, 2014
Partying Downtown
Patricia A. Kelly

Imagine my surprise to learn that the adult son of a friend was frisked in downtown Frederick on Saturday night – in order to enter a bar.

January 2, 2014
A Letter From Inside Egypt
Patricia A. Kelly

On December 23 I received a message from a good friend, an educated (graduate degrees), Christian Egyptian, mid-30s in age, who is very upset about current U.S. policy toward Egypt. It, with some grammatical corrections due to the Arabic first language of the author, deserves to be read by readers.

December 19, 2013
The Lie of the Year Award
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s a sad day when the President of the United States of America wins the “Lie of the Year Award.”  It’s hard to think of anyone who deserves it more this year than President Barack Obama.

December 5, 2013
Be The “Love” This Holiday Season
Patricia A. Kelly

The lights are up again, tons of them, already. As new owners in Frederick City take the place of those who have moved on, sometimes to Heaven, the lights and decorations change, a small reminder that life goes on, and that Frederick’s historic homes continue to thrive under the stewardship of successive generations.

November 21, 2013
Who Is Pushing a Social Agenda?
Patricia A. Kelly

So many decry the attempt of some conservatives to impose their religious and social beliefs on the rest of Americans. How could they?

November 7, 2013
A Belly Full of Dirty Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, Frederick City elections are over. Congratulations to Randy McClement, and to all the winners, with the possible exception of Phil Dacey.

October 24, 2013
Focus on the Future
Patricia A. Kelly

City elections are upon us. It’s time to vote with a capital V. Otherwise, you’re part of the problem; and, whatever you may think about your puny vote’s impact on the future of your puny town, not voting will definitely have an impact.

October 10, 2013
Death by Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

Yes, we’re sick of hearing about funding or not funding the government, and raising or not raising the debt ceiling, not to mention some of the most inflammatory rhetoric we’ve heard in a long time, almost unbelievably rude and hostile statements among members of the same government.

September 26, 2013
Autumn – Full of Likes and Dislikes
Patricia A. Kelly

Summer is gone, in a flash. As I clean the garden for winter, cutting down plants I hardly remember enjoying, much of autumn activity has already passed, in spite of summer officially ending only a few days ago.

September 17, 2013
Unexceptional Leadership
Patricia A. Kelly

It was a sad day when Vladimir Putin felt comfortable calling U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar one day before President Barack Obama arrived in Russia for the G-20 Summit. An even sadder day occurred when Putin thought it would be okay to criticize the concept of American exceptionalism in The New York Times.

August 29, 2013
Life's Passages
Patricia A. Kelly

My birthday will never be the same again. From now on I will see my cousin Lance, his hand trembling ever so slightly, saluting the casket of his grandfather.

August 22, 2013
Down with Political Correctness
Patricia A. Kelly

Political correctness is well intentioned, but, like labor unions, may now be causing more harm than good in our society.

August 1, 2013
“Can’t we all just get along?”
Patricia A. Kelly

The dust appears to be settling on the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case. Some black American leaders chose it to help foster the cause of racial justice in this country.

July 4, 2013
Is This Freedom Day?
Patricia A. Kelly

This Fourth of July, “during a period when federal employees are scheduled to be furloughed….,” Camp Lejune and Fort Bragg, along with other American military bases, are cancelling the fireworks portion of their annual celebrations. They can’t afford to buy the fireworks.

June 20, 2013
As Arab Spring Turns to Winter…
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama has agreed reluctantly to fulfill his pledge to provide support for Syrian rebels, in response to proof that Bashar Assad’s government has used chemical weapons. It has been a two-year rebellion, now a two-year civil war.

June 10, 2013
What’s wrong with the government?
Patricia A. Kelly

If you didn’t know the answer, it’s politicians, that’s what! This week, I joined in a sharp exchange of words with my Texas cousin who leans so far to the left that I worry about his ear touching the ground.

May 23, 2013
It’s Time To Do Better…
Patricia A. Kelly

If you were a fan, you might feel kind of sorry for President Barack Obama right now, with all that he is facing. I don’t.

May 9, 2013
Recognizing Honor and Disgrace
Patricia A. Kelly

The Republican faithful gathered Tuesday night for its annual Lincoln-Reagan Day dinner honoring both its namesakes and local members who excelled in promoting the party in the county. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton was the featured speaker.

April 25, 2013
Proud to Be an American
Patricia A. Kelly

The people of the United States have been through a lot in the last year. Our most innocent, along with just ordinary people out having fun or even praying, have been attacked and murdered more than once.

April 11, 2013
How Lucky Can One Guy Get?
Patricia A. Kelly

As he out liberals the liberals, Gov. Martin O’Malley has earned his way to stardom in the Democratic Party. When I first saw him on national television on a talk show, I, a reasonable conservative, said, in a high pitched voice, “Who is he sleeping with, to be chosen as a national spokesman?”

March 28, 2013
A New York Education
Patricia A. Kelly

“Nice pillow pet,” said the man behind the information desk at Baltimore’s Penn Station. Indeed, it was a nice one – a medium, tie-dyed, very soft bear.

March 14, 2013
Letting Go
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s talked about so frequently, in relation to everything from children growing up, to organizing your closets.

February 28, 2013
Support for the Bad Guys
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s time to talk about Egypt. Of all Middle Eastern countries attempting to overthrow their despotic rulers, Egypt is the most modern, vital, educated and sophisticated society.

February 14, 2013
More of the Same
Patricia A. Kelly

A recent Parade magazine poll, taken just before the presidential election, asked 1,000 people what they wanted from the next president. The answers were to create more jobs, improve the economy, balance the budget, be honest and truthful, and improve healthcare.

January 31, 2013
Making Your Votes Count
Patricia A. Kelly

Do you think your vote counts? Well, it doesn’t, certainly not in the presidential election, and far less that you might wish in more local elections. The weight of your personal vote is decided by partisan politicians, both Republican and Democrat. Worse yet, most people are completely unaware of this.

January 17, 2013
You Can’t Escape It: Smoking Is Bad For You
Patricia A. Kelly

Smoking is not good. Everyone knows that. In recent compiled data reports from the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, covering the years 2000 to 2004, an estimated 443,000 annual premature deaths can be attributed to smoking cigarettes alone….

January 3, 2013
It’s Not That Time of Year…
Patricia A. Kelly

As the “Ball” dropped over Times Square Monday night, the evening’s host, Ryan Seacrest, stood surrounded by a group of zombies, or something: an Asian guy wearing white fur, a person white from top of head to tip of toe who was not an albino, and someone with shaved sideburns and hair sticking on the top of his head, to mention a few.

December 20, 2012
Guns Are Not The Only Issue
Patricia A. Kelly

Most American adults would give their lives to save the life of a small child. That someone would shoot 20 of them and their loving, caring teachers, is almost unthinkable.

December 13, 2012
Horse Hockey and the Fiscal Cliff.
Patricia A. Kelly

One of my closest friends just moved out of Maryland. Actually, he didn’t move. He just changed his residence by extending his stay in his second home to six months and one day each year. That’s the official requirement to end his residency in Maryland.

December 6, 2012
Hitching Up Republican Britches
Patricia A. Kelly

Even before the recent election, the Republican Party was in need of reform. Out of touch with the reality of even the conservative American population, the party had come to be seen as the home of successful white men and their families, and an unfair supporter of big business.

November 22, 2012
Disappointed and Grateful
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s that time again. Thanksgiving and the holiday season have arrived again – already. It seems to me that it has been a rough year.

November 8, 2012
After the Election – A Poll Worker’s View
Patricia A. Kelly

The election is over, $2 billion have been spent, and we have ended with essentially the same government we already had. Although the Electoral College voted heavily in favor of the president, the popular vote was very close. About 50 percent voted for Barack Obama and 48 percent for Mitt Romney.

October 25, 2012
Four more years? Are you kidding?
Patricia A. Kelly

In a little less than two weeks, the presidential election will be over. We wait with both trepidation and anticipated relief.

October 11, 2012
Free Big Bird
Patricia A. Kelly

Poor guy. Can you imagine being on welfare for decades when you are fully capable of caring for yourself, and even earning a decent living? Even worse, can you imagine having people suggest you need welfare when you are fully self supporting?

September 27, 2012
The Choice of a Lifetime
Patricia A. Kelly

How exhausting is politics? How one longs for beer or soda commercials in this time of constant, often misleading, political sound bites.

September 13, 2012
September 11, Again
Patricia A. Kelly

Tuesday, September 11, 2012, the eleventh anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon bombings, brought another attack against the United States, with the murder of Christopher Stevens, our ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans.

August 30, 2012
Truth in Films Is Where You Find It
Patricia A. Kelly

This past week, two controversial movies entered the Frederick consciousness, both of which were well attended.

August 23, 2012
A Tempest in a Teapot
Patricia A. Kelly

One stupid remark…one stupid remark, and now Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is to be drawn and quartered by both the left and the right. What cowardice indeed!

August 16, 2012
Paul Ryan: An Interesting Choice
Patricia A. Kelly

My original column for this week started with, “My head is hurting.” The subject, and what was causing the headache, was the lies, misleading sound bites and vituperative remarks that have, until now, characterized the current political campaign for president.

August 2, 2012
America Galvanized
Patricia A. Kelly

Everywhere I go, I become involved in conversation about the Summer Olympics, presently underway in London.

July 19, 2012
A Disastrous Move
Patricia A. Kelly

My brain, my best tee shirts and the lamp shade to my most beautiful lamp are lost, and lost again. I miss my brain the most.

July 5, 2012
Addressing The Real Healthcare Problems
Patricia A. Kelly

I don’t fully understand President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform act, although, as a working nurse, I do understand a lot. While our president rejoices that the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the requirement of individuals to purchase health insurance, he should be tossing and turning at night over the meltdown that will soon be coming if this bill governs our health care system.

June 21, 2012
Responsibility v. Irresponsibility
Patricia A. Kelly

Responsibility is the core issue between the true right and the true left. Shall the person who works very hard to create a home for his two children, and to raise them with all the benefits he can provide, be required to support the 26-year-old welfare mother of eight…

June 7, 2012
Winning the Public Relations War
Patricia A. Kelly

Republicans are obstructionists. Just ask the media if you don’t believe this. They want to impose their moral values on others.

May 24, 2012
Gay Marriage: A Social or Political Issue?
Patricia A. Kelly

How unfortunate that the issue of gay marriage has come to the forefront of the presidential campaign. The media continues on its too frequent path, distorting this story as it has so many others.

May 10, 2012
Pandering President Obama
Patricia A. Kelly

Barack Obama, our president, half-black, half-Caucasian, with a half-Asian half-sister, is running for re-election. His apparently well funded campaign includes many websites and support groups.

April 26, 2012
This loss is more than just a house
Patricia A. Kelly

I had wondered over the years what would be the fate of Park Hall on East Patrick Street in Frederick. I’ve watched horses grazing among construction supplies near the street between South and Patrick where one can access I-70.

April 12, 2012
What’s Good About Lying in Elections…
Patricia A. Kelly

“Never speak ill of your fellow Republican,” the eleventh commandment made famous by President Ronald Reagan, has been violated more egregiously than usual during the recent Maryland primary election.

March 29, 2012
“As the World Turns”
Patricia A. Kelly

Throughout the Republican presidential campaign, repeated assertions from Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have been that Mitt Romney has an advantage over them because he has an organized and well-funded campaign.


March 1, 2012
Playing the Political Games in Annapolis
Patricia A. Kelly

One might remember the recent fracas in Maryland over in-state tuition for illegal immigrant college students. A bill allowing it was proposed, citing the problem of these children, who, it was stated by proponents, would make much greater contributions to society if educated.

February 2, 2012
Just Desserts?
Patricia A. Kelly

The Florida Republican presidential primary has been won handily by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and the news reports focus almost exclusively on how much he has spent and how negative his campaign ads have been.

January 19, 2012
How Fortunate We Are
Patricia A. Kelly

George W. Wireman died last week. He was known as the train man, and so much more. He was a polio survivor, rejected by the Army because of his deformed feet and legs, who walked and hiked everywhere, and visited all 50 states, including Hawaii four times – and he never had a driver’s license.

January 5, 2012
New Year, New Opportunity
Patricia A. Kelly

Kudos to President Barack Obama and the Democrats for their huge end-of-year public relations coup – all those ads talking about how much $1,000 per year would mean to working families.

December 22, 2011
Remembrances and Musings
Patricia A. Kelly

Ah, it’s the season to be…What a mix of excitement, connection, pressure, stress, memories and exhaustion the Holiday Season brings.

December 8, 2011
Narrowing the Field
Patricia A. Kelly

Well, Herman Cain is out. He was pilloried for sure. He admitted he failed to tell his wife he had a friendship with Ginger White, but denied other wrongdoing. Maybe he’s guilty, but I’m still waiting for proof.

November 24, 2011
At Least We’re Thinking
Patricia A. Kelly

Our “Super Committee” has failed. We’re stuck without a solution to our national debt crisis, as limited a solution as it was planned to be. In spite of the alteration in party representation in Congress resulting from the 2010 election, there has been no change.

November 10, 2011
Hard Times
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s discouraging to consider the upcoming presidential election for those interested in replacing President Barack Obama, and limiting him to one term.

October 27, 2011
Making the Rich Pay
Patricia A. Kelly

“Senate votes to end millionaire farm subsidies,” read a recent Frederick News Post headline. The article referred to stopping direct payments made to farmers to grow certain crops, paid regardless of yield. Those now excluded would be farmers with adjusted gross income greater than a million dollars per year.

October 13, 2011
How to Fight This War
Patricia A. Kelly

On September 30, it was reported that the Yemeni cleric, Anwar al Awlaki was killed in a drone strike by the U.S. military.

September 29, 2011
Rising from the Ashes
Patricia A. Kelly

A recent Wall Street Journal report implied that there are signs of our economy crashing even further than it has, including the possibility of 50% unemployment.

September 15, 2011
Moving On after September 11
Patricia A. Kelly

A grim anniversary, one of those days people remember in vivid detail, sharing stories about where they were when they heard. In my case, it was in the lobby of a beautiful Art Nouveau hotel in the old city of Prague.

September 1, 2011
The Babies of 9/11 Are 10
Patricia A. Kelly

Born after their dads died on September 11, 2001, their photos etched into the brains of millions, they are now 10 years old. What is their world?

August 18, 2011
A Call to Republicans
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama, ending a tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois yesterday in a new, U.S. owned, $1.1 million bus, stated in Minnesota that it’s not election season yet, while at the same time criticizing Republican candidates for saying they wouldn’t vote for a financial deal that includes tax increases.

August 4, 2011
Now The Deal’s Done, What’s Next?
Patricia A. Kelly

They’ve made a deal, one that no one claims to like, but one that saves us, for the moment, from the catastrophe of default on our debts.

July 21, 2011
Kudos All Around
Patricia A. Kelly

A recent news article in The Frederick News-Post caught my attention. It reported the execution of a Mexican national by the State of Texas.

July 7, 2011
Budget Battles vs. Reality
Patricia A. Kelly

The battle rages. Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts. Democrats accuse Republicans of reactionary politics, and lack of concern for the people. Both sides declare that their special offerings to their constituents must be honored.

June 23, 2011
It Will Happen to You…
Patricia A. Kelly

An important, no, universal event, something that happens all around, the world, and to everyone else. In a riddle from the ancient text the Mahabharata, the hero Yudhishthira, is asked, “What is the most amazing thing about human life?” His answer is “That a man, seeing others die all around him, does not think that he will die.”

June 9, 2011
Trapped in a Metaphorical Cage
Patricia A. Kelly

I’ve been driving through downtown Baltimore a lot lately. I am perfectly capable of losing my own gas cap, but am quite sure it was stolen from the top of my car while I was prepaying for gas at a Hess station in an inner city neighborhood.

May 26, 2011
Men Behaving Badly
Patricia A. Kelly

Again, it happens. Two, not one, powerful, accomplished men have behaved disappointingly again. As Time implied on a recent cover, we would say they were behaving like pigs, but we are reluctant to offend the pigs.

May 12, 2011
Death of an Enemy
Patricia A. Kelly

Use good judgment before killing any living thing. Killing without just cause does honor to no one. – Hwarangdo Warriors Code of Honor

April 28, 2011
Why We Need Government
Patricia A. Kelly

Easter weekend in downtown Frederick, in the most beautiful season of the year, left the city desecrated by trash.

April 14, 2011
Debt: The Citizen’s Conundrum
Patricia A. Kelly

In “Of Public Credit,” written approximately 250 years ago, David Hume wrote: “Contracting debt will almost infallibly be abused in every government. It would scarcely be more imprudent to give a prodigal son a credit in every banker’s shop in London, than to empower a statesman to draw bills on posterity.”

March 31, 2011
What Really Matters
Patricia A. Kelly

I stop reading the news when I’m experiencing a lot of personal stress. It is so generally disturbing that I can’t take both news and life.

March 17, 2011
Living, As It Is
Patricia A. Kelly

The playground is on a rise next to the brick school and the park. The wind is blowing, chilly, but hinting of the Spring to come.

March 3, 2011
Paying the Bills
Patricia A. Kelly

We all have to do it if we want to live in a house, have groceries, electricity, heat, air conditioning, a car. We can finagle for awhile without paying the bills, but the bank will show up eventually.

February 17, 2011
Caught in The Act
Patricia A. Kelly

What’s worse? Being caught with your pants down, or letting them down in the first place? This is the situation in which the United States finds itself as the drama of the Egyptian revolution unfolds.

February 3, 2011
Egyptian Miracle
Patricia A. Kelly

Something equivalent to the American Revolution has been happening in Egypt this week. The assorted faces and costumes of the crowd make it clear that this is not radical Islam on the move. This is the people of Egypt, finished and done with their tyrannical leader.

January 20, 2011
It’s Not about Guns…
Patricia A. Kelly

...or civil discourse. It’s about mental illness, discrimination, stigma and the lack of a safety net. In our society, we desperately need an attitude adjustment about this important subject.

January 14, 2011
Where Are We, Toto?
Patricia A. Kelly

On January 8, 2011, an apparently mentally ill young man attempted to assassinate the object of his obsession, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In the process of seriously wounding her, he killed six people, one a child, and wounded 13.

January 6, 2011
The News Tells All
Patricia A. Kelly


There’s a recession going on. As the year 2011 begins, individuals and governments continue to feel serious financial pressure.

December 23, 2010
Distinctions, Superstitions and Change
Patricia A. Kelly

Distinction is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as discrimination, or differentiation between two different things. Making distinctions effectively makes the difference between living in reality and living in made-up land, the place where one’s imaginings run one’s life.

December 9, 2010
Political Reflection in the Wake
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s been said many times and many ways over the past month that the voters have spoken, but the question of what they really meant to say has yet to be answered.

November 25, 2010
Security, Security, Security
Patricia A. Kelly

That’s all we’ve been hearing about on the news and on the talk shows for the past week. Rudeness, roughness, perverse delight on the part of the security people, either because the opportunity for domination, or because of the opportunity for sexual contact.

November 11, 2010
What we want…
Patricia A. Kelly

The voters have spoken. “Yes, thank you, I’ll have another serving of change. This time hold the bacon.

October 28, 2010
Through The Eyes of A Child…
Patricia A. Kelly

It was in the elevator after seeing “Wicked” that I simply had to dance. My joy at spending a weekend in New York with my 10-year-old grandson simply blossomed into an elevator waltz. Every moment of this adventure was a miracle, for him and for me.

October 14, 2010
Swimming Upstream – Again
Patricia A. Kelly

This week I’m surrounded by politics. I attended both State Senator David Brinkley’s fund raising breakfast and the Republican Women’s Club of Frederick County’s meeting on the same day. If I had worked at it, or donated more money, I think I could have spent the entire day in political meetings. It’s the season.

September 30, 2010
Change We Need
Patricia A. Kelly

It’s hard to imagine that people who go to the polls don’t even know who is running for office, as in the case of the District 3-A delegate race, where Scott Rolle placed second, after dropping out.

September 16, 2010
Through The Looking Glass Again
Patricia A. Kelly

The world definitely moves in mysterious ways, a case in point being the furor over Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, FL. Pastor Jones has a mere 50 families as congregants, and according to last Friday’s CNN News, may have bilked his former German congregation of thousands of dollars before being relieved of his duties and returning to his old haunts in Gainesville.

September 2, 2010
I’m Back – At Least Most of The Way
Patricia A. Kelly

I was sitting in a doctor's waiting room when I checked my phone and found my editor's message, "When can I expect your column?" I jumped up from my chair and headed upstairs to the guest computer room at the University of Maryland. Thank goodness I was very early, as I had another, earlier appointment at another Baltimore hospital today.

August 19, 2010
Choosing Their Successors
Patricia A. Kelly

The time is short to make the first decisions about who will provide new political leadership in our country. A lot of people think we blew it last time, and possibly the time before.

August 5, 2010
Laid Back August Advice
Patricia A. Kelly

During the news the other morning, in response to a comment about President Obama’s deficit reduction ideas, a reporter said, “No one cares. It’s August, and everyone’s on vacation.”

July 22, 2010
The Same Old Politics
Patricia A. Kelly

On Tuesday, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins spoke at the Hagerstown TEA Party meeting on "Illegal Immigration in Maryland, a Plan for Action." He, of course, discussed the 287(g) program, active in Maryland only in Frederick County, wherein illegal immigrants who violate the law may be placed in federal custody and deported instead of incarcerated locally. He received a standing ovation.

June 24, 2010
My Frederick
Patricia A. Kelly

I started to back out of my driveway (actually a private city right-of-way) the other day, and what did I find blocking my way but a bicycle and cart, one of several in the alley and garage across from me.

June 10, 2010
Oil Oil Over
Patricia A. Kelly

I didn’t want to hear about it and still don’t. I keep my eyes averted slightly as I watch television, afraid I’ll see another oil-soaked pelican.

May 27, 2010
There is No Tomorrow
Patricia A. Kelly

I awoke this morning in my blue bedroom under my blue and white quilt and looked out my window at a beautiful little cumulus cloud against a sky that matched my bedroom walls. In a state of complete calm and relaxation (undoubtedly anesthesia induced) I realized that this was the one and only cloud. Yesterday’s cloud is gone, and tomorrow’s is completely uncertain, so this is my one sure chance to appreciate such beauty.

May 13, 2010
Energy Requires Safety First
Patricia A. Kelly

Energy: the capacity for vigorous activity, or so says Webster’s Dictionary. There certainly has been a lot expended lately, largely around the recent huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

April 29, 2010
Plowing the Road Anew
Patricia A. Kelly

The Republicans turned out in force Monday night for the annual Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. More than 300 attended, with a large number turned away.

April 15, 2010
Families and Communication
Patricia A. Kelly

They say that children raised in front of video games will grow up missing the skill of reading body language. They say this will hinder their ability to pick up social cues, and, thus, their ability to communicate effectively.

April 1, 2010
The Census, Immigration and Other Stories
Patricia A. Kelly

I thought the uproar over the census was right wing ridiculousness, but then I sat down and really read my form.

March 18, 2010
Correct Change
Patricia A. Kelly

We all want it. We usually look down at our hands and count to make sure we have it. Instead of screaming epithets, maybe we should take just as careful a look at what is happening on our political scene.

March 4, 2010
Unionizing Child Care Workers: Why?
Patricia A. Kelly

A column yesterday morning in The Frederick News Post by Marta Mossburg of the Maryland Public Policy Institute inspired me to look around and see what’s happening in government.

February 18, 2010
Living Within Our Means
Patricia A. Kelly