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As Long as We Remember...

Harry M. Covert

September 12, 2019
Scribbler on Furlough
Harry M. Covert

Well now, an unexpected sabbatical was forced. The tap, tap tapping on the keyboard was silenced, not censored by the esteemed editor, but to the shock and travail of this scribbler.

August 27, 2019
Matriculaters, Maestros in Schools
Harry M. Covert

Great opportunities face today’s school students at all levels from kindergarten to college. Pick a topic and the sky – meaning the universe – is the limit. Exciting, most definitely.

August 22, 2019
Please, No More Iowa Charades
Harry M. Covert

Those Iowans. They must be gluttons for punishment. State fairs are supposed to be fun and games and displays of Hawkeye state pride. It’s their law to have the first political presidential caucuses.

August 15, 2019
The Nation’s Biggest Fear?
Harry M. Covert

It was Phineas T. Barnum, the Connecticut Yankee, businessman, politician, showman and circus founder, who was known to love and use hoaxes for personal gain.

August 13, 2019
Evil Still Lurks, No Answers
Harry M. Covert

Certainly, the vast majority of citizens all over the nation believe in good and without equivocation oppose evil in all of its forms. Perhaps this reads obvious and maybe somewhat inane.

August 9, 2019
Sabotaging Law and Order
Harry M. Covert

Insidious efforts to make Frederick County, Maryland, a sanctuary for illegal, undocumented and/or immigrant lawbreakers has begun in earnest. Make no bones about it. A direct attack on law and order.

August 6, 2019
Barbaric Killings, Any Answers?
Harry M. Covert

Questions abound apparently without answers after 251 mass shootings in the past 217 days in the nation. The latest are 22 deaths in El Paso, Texas, and nine killings in Dayton, Ohio.

August 1, 2019
When Good Surpasses the Bad
Harry M. Covert

It’s rather obvious the apostates and heretics are running wild throughout. Instead of further calling them out for their distasteful public comments and conduct, let’s point out some good things in Baltimore.

July 30, 2019
Martial Law for Crime City?
Harry M. Covert

How painful it is today. Baltimore, Maryland’s once proud Charm City, is now Crime City. Bluntly, statistics bring to the fore that fact, not fiction, prove the troubles affecting the historic jurisdiction.

July 25, 2019
Un-American Activities at Large
Harry M. Covert

There remains no reason to keep beating around the bush. The American population has been demeaned and bullied almost beyond measure by politicians hell bent on destroying every fabric of the good that has set apart the country from the rest of the world.

July 23, 2019
Real Sports Champions
Harry M. Covert

The idea that a baseball batter can steal first base is repulsive to fandom across the land. It’s similar to the political crackpots roaring to and fro, up and down, and deadly aimed to change everything good.

July 18, 2019
The Squad of Misfits
Harry M. Covert

It is rather popular to call political opponents racists and other inflaming words in these midsummer days. There are some locutions that perfectly describe the four demagogues making the rounds – hating America in public and seemingly getting away with it.

July 15, 2019
Crimes? Aiding, Abetting, Obstruction
Harry M. Covert

For the next few lines, put aside any political zealotry if possible. That means selfish partisanship to be so blunt in order to look at the law. Naturally that may be somewhat impossible in these days.

July 11, 2019
The Grand Old Privilege
Harry M. Covert

Being among that privileged and elite group acclaimed around the planet, there is some fantastic news about to explode. Before the secret is unleashed for the “congress assembled,” the crème de la crème is being American. The current count legal is 327.2million.

July 9, 2019
K-9s, Milksops, and Arsonists
Harry M. Covert

There are some “purty good” antidotes to handling the current waves of inhospitality toward police officers and those who like to set ablaze “Old Glory.” Saving the best, though, for those mask-wearing cowards who like to be called Antifa members.

July 4, 2019
About those 88,752 Days
Harry M. Covert

How great it is. Celebrating this awesome birthday. The greatest nation ever. July the Fourth. All right, cheerleading truly means something. Every American is rah-rahing. If they aren’t, take away those hot dogs, burgers and fries.

July 2, 2019
That Daring Strategic Move
Harry M. Covert

One small step for peace, one small handshake to keep North Korea from total annihilation. In all reality, that’s the present result from the confab at the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula.

June 27, 2019
Minor Leaguers on Stage
Harry M. Covert

The best choice for teevee viewing last night, that’s Wednesday past, from the once “sun and fun capital” was, thankfully, the baseball game at Marlins Park.

June 25, 2019
Dumb to the Bone
Harry M. Covert

The battle rages over the incredible invasion of illegal aliens at the southern borders. Despite alarms from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE agents, the situation is worse, especially from the House of Representatives.

June 20, 2019
On The Road Again
Harry M. Covert

How exciting. The presidential sweepstakes are in high gear, and from an Orlando, Florida, extravaganza, the 2020 voting procedures will be the most exciting ever and will be a knockdown/drag out. Good!

June 11, 2019
Exception to Church Welcome
Harry M. Covert

Might as well bring up an old quote describing some churchgoers. It comes to mind after the shameful reporting from a northern Virginia assemblage where some public hackles popped up when The President of The United States dropped in for prayer.

June 6, 2019
Finding Answers to Killings?
Harry M. Covert

Tragedies continue. Seemingly uncontrollable shootings and killings grab the heartstrings and news coverages as they should. Where are the answers? Better yet, why can’t they be found?

June 4, 2019
Buttons, Dots and The Good
Harry M. Covert

With belated thanks, appreciation and praise is due the co-inventors of the mute button. The far-seeing men followed up some 60 years ago what began in the midst of the fifth century A.D., (Anno Domini for Latin readers).

May 30, 2019
Rogues as Hydras Running Wild
Harry M. Covert

Whew! Consider once more – Description – Alexis Charles Henri Clérel. Why in the world bring up this fellow’s name? Few pupils in today’s grammar schools have ever gotten the chance to discover him.

May 28, 2019
Blah-Blahs and ‘The Fainting’
Harry M. Covert

Consider this for a moment. Hanging around with New York City’s bumbling mayor may have unintended consequences. Quite possibly some of the leading haters of current political events may have received a clear and present message along with their renegades.

May 23, 2019
Nadler’s Four Missing Words
Harry M. Covert

Heading into the revered Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to consider authentic threats to the traditional basic tenets of the original 13 colonies and now the 50 states.

May 21, 2019
Please, No Repeat of 1938
Harry M. Covert

How else to start the day than by working the crossword puzzle in the daily newspaper? Instead of a Number Two pencil, the instrument was a faithful Parker fountain pen filled with Quink, black ink.

May 17, 2019
When Gallows Are Too Nice
Harry M. Covert

Time to rehash an old gag that a sitting president should have the right, by law, to hang one of two opponents. How appropriate for these churlish days.

May 14, 2019
Buckling Under in Baltimore
Harry M. Covert

Now the question was, “We have had three African American female mayors in a row. They were all passionate public servants. Two resigned, though. Isn't it a signal that a different kind of leadership is needed to move Baltimore City forward?"

May 10, 2019
Ms. Nancy and Her Nonsense
Harry M. Covert