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The Tentacle

Harry M. Covert

August 15, 2017
The Guise of Peaceable Assembly
Harry M. Covert

There are plenty of words in the English language to express and condemn the odious events of the past weekend in Charlottesville, VA. All are appropriate for the unpeaceable assembly where haters had their day.

August 10, 2017
The Beast in North Korea
Harry M. Covert

In memory of Ernie Pyle, the late great, real war correspondent of World War II, and perhaps my third favorite Harry, here's a history lesson for yesterday's date, August 9. It comes from that fateful year of 1945.

August 8, 2017
Is Ceasefire Talk Helpful?
Harry M. Covert

The business of peace on city streets continues to grab attention, as it should. The idea of a ceasefire in Baltimore was an attention-getter quite naturally.

August 3, 2017
The White House in Prayer Mode
Harry M. Covert

Naysayers of the nation, if they are to be believed, are still promoting the phony ideas that America is crumbling, doomed and all hope of the future is disappearing. All these negatives are not so.


August 1, 2017
'Stretchers' and the National Night Out
Harry M. Covert

Of all the events of community awareness the National Night Out is one of the best – if not the epitome – of sheriff's and police interacting with the people.

July 27, 2017
Joys at the National Jamboree
Harry M. Covert

Is there any doubt the country is going mad? Actually I'm more astounded every day with the knuckleheads trying their level best to confuse evil with good.

July 25, 2017
Quality of Life Question?
Harry M. Covert

Reaction to last week’s column – “The Right to Live” – brought about many comments, all heartfelt, poignant and worth recalling. The matter involved the life-and-death situation of the British baby suffering from irreversible birth defects.

July 21, 2017
The Right to Live
Harry M. Covert

The case of 11-month old Charlie Gard is something to seriously consider when the subject of right-to-die, legal assisted suicide or euthanasia is in discussion or debate.

July 18, 2017
Governor Hoganís Cabinet Still Strong
Harry M. Covert

The beat goes on. I mentioned some days ago that political skullduggery was continuing in Maryland's historic capital city of Annapolis. This was not shocking news because such conduct is always part of the daily regimen by those who consider themselves first among equals.

July 13, 2017
Caller ID is Sure Helpful
Harry M. Covert

No sooner had the latest alleged news on the Russia stuff than my phone chimed. It's a newfangled tone on the iPhone. The calling number popped up on the screen. I was taken aback because it was from Russia. No kidding! That's what it spelled.

July 11, 2017
Battle Lines Drawn in Annapolis
Harry M. Covert

The skullduggery continues. There is no nice way to put it, but Maryland’s attorney general is obviously in cahoots with his legislative political brethren and sisteren (sic) continuing their determination to destroy distinguished members of Gov. Larry Hogan’s cabinet.

July 6, 2017
Landing at Chopin International
Harry M. Covert

I didn't receive a classy welcome on a June day in 1980 when the Lot Airlines plane landed at Warsaw's Chopin International Airport.

July 4, 2017
Facts of the Glorious Fourth
Harry M. Covert

While all true patriots celebrate birthday 241 with all sorts of festivities, and you know who you are, it's a bit okay to explain a few things on this July Fourth.

June 29, 2017
Salivating for the Hustings
Harry M. Covert

In this land of milk and honey, it's not too early to slide into the Independence weekend celebrations. For sure, we can dispense with the familiar verbal rough-housing constantly perpetrated on all of us innocents.

June 27, 2017
Make Frederick Great Again? The Saga Set
Harry M. Covert

The beat goes on. Attention can now be shifted back to where it has always been the most important, to the highways and byways of localities.

June 22, 2017
Equal Rights on the Beach
Harry M. Covert

For the moment I'm leaving the political gas-bagging to others. My intention here is to be delicate, put on my gentleman's expression and attempt to portray dignity.

June 15, 2017
Another Civil War?
Harry M. Covert

What a wakeup call. When the blaring news is close to home, there's no lollygagging waiting for the coffee. This time the "breaking news" was real stuff.

June 13, 2017
Free Speech and Dirty Talking
Harry M. Covert

It is rather curious how careless well-known figures can be in the public arena with their words and conduct. The questionable talk is totally out of control and should not be described as locker room or drunken sailors expletives.

June 13, 2017
Free Speech and Dirty Talking
Harry M. Covert

It is rather curious how careless well-known figures can be in the public arena with their words and conduct. The questionable talk is totally out of control and should not be described as locker room or drunken sailors expletives.

June 8, 2017
Tales from Political and Sporting Bouts
Harry M. Covert

Waiting for the Fightin' Washington Nationals game to play on television Wednesday, I caught the muggles hard at vocalizing. To be accurate, they, the news gals and guys, and then those on the Senate Intelligence Committee, were knocking themselves out to come up with a way for outright impeachment of the billionaire.

June 6, 2017
The Sky's Not Going to Fall
Harry M. Covert

Ohmigosh. Apologies to the faithful readers of this space. It must be time to panic. According to the alleged know-it-alls, those of us whose hearts are still beating, plus those depending on their cardiologists, the world may be coming to an end.

June 1, 2017
And, the Sports World Rolls On
Harry M. Covert

There's no better way to prepare for political writing than covering sports. The latter reaches almost everybody, especially when homegrown athletes accomplish extraordinary achievements.

May 30, 2017
The Secret of the Radicals
Harry M. Covert

It's the day after. Yes, the day after honoring the nation's fallen military heroes. The cost of freedom? This is no time to be verbose or philosophical. Practicality may be the answer.

May 25, 2017
Terrorism in Mufti
Harry M. Covert

There's no reason to beat around the bushes. The scourge of terrorism continues to plague the planet, and our security agencies continue their alerts and preparations to protect us.

May 23, 2017
Moab is Our Washpot
Harry M. Covert

Most of the times it's imperative just to laugh and chuckle at all of the goings-on in the political world. If we don't grin and bear it with all of booyah, we lose good thinking when laughs are better.

May 18, 2017
Can We Survive Drivel, Piffle & Twaddle
Harry M. Covert

It's time to turn a deaf ear to the cacophony of tintabulations, you know the loopy bell ringers in Washington whose dying duty is to try and remove the sitting president. Won't work.

May 16, 2017
Are You Ready for Local Campaigns?
Harry M. Covert

The electioneering season is now well underway again in Frederick County and city. On the surface all seems smooth, but underneath heavy duty plans have been under way, and everybody is lining up for what may well be an exciting knock-down and drag-out season.

May 11, 2017
Visit Mr. Hoover's Ghost
Harry M. Covert

The current bumptiousness ongoing among the nation's elite – the know-it-all's – is something to behold and brings more cause to be concerned about the country's health.

May 4, 2017
Kicking the Cans, Rising Tides
Harry M. Covert

Usually, people who enjoy marching, I mean walking, in so-called protest activities only benefit from news coverage. With all of the real ongoing tragedies throughout the planet, global warming or climate change is one of those feel-good issues of no consequence at the moment.

April 27, 2017
History, Maturity and Secession
Harry M. Covert