Tag Archives: Alexandria Times

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 President Consort or SOPOUS

By Harry M. Covert

We need a break from all of the impertinences us good people have been enduring. Do I have to explain them? Of course not.

I thought it might be fun on this day for a soupçon of a cute story. There can be some pleasant anecdotes even though some smirks and raised eyebrows can be forth coming.

It does seem that lots of people want to continue a mode of electing the first person of race and gender.

The firsts! Actually, as has been talked and written about ad nauseum, so many voters would gladly have given William Jefferson Clinton a third term.… Read More

Miracles for Officer Peter Laboy

Covert Matters


Life-Saving Techniques of First Responders

 By Harry M. Covert

“Officer down. Officer Down.”

Those words shrieked a few weeks ago over police radio. Terror echoed in the hearts and minds of all law enforcement, especially those in Alexandria’s public safety agencies.

Moments following the chilling broadcast on Feb. 27, city police, sheriff’s deputies and fire department and emergency sprang into action.

These prompt reactions brought about the miraculous life-saving efforts for Officer Peter Labor. Further radio transmissions let to the rapid capture of the man charged with the nonsensical shooting on Washington Street, near Lyles-Crouch Traditional School.

Motorcycle Officer Laboy, a 17-year veteran, had reacted to a police call about a suspicious vehicle.Read More

A Lesson in the Virginia Way

Winning Campaigner Who Honored His Word

By Harry M. Covert

I have suggested on several occasions that candidates and their professional minions take oaths ”to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” And do so in public. This would certainly test the “honesty and veracity” of them all.

Naturally, I don’t include the political campaigners and current office holders of Alexandria, the city on the “Patowmack” River, a few miles from Mount Vernon where the boy George Washington said he could not tell a lie after chopping down a cherry tree. He didn’t get into the whiskey business until later in life and it’s a popular adjunct today to keeping the landmark financially stable.… Read More

JANE WATREL: From News Star to Sheriff’s Star

By Harry M. Covert

For five years, I pestered Jane Watrel.  At least three times a week—and sometimes more—I either emailed or telephoned her with

Journalist-PIO Jane Watrel

news story suggestions.  She never ignored me.  If she didn’t like the idea, she was nice about it.  Once, I called as she was preparing to go on the air.  She was nice about that, too.

Jane is an experienced first-class reporter.  She knows her way around the news business.  It was always my thought she should be anchoring the news.  For the life of me, I can’t figure why she wasn’t put in the anchor’s seat. … Read More

Sarah Isn’t Spiro: It’s all in the sayin’

By NORMAN M. COVERT

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin sets off a fire storm wherever she goes, whatever she says and whatever happens external to her. She is a politician both men and women take pleasure in seeing, whether it is her beauty or the way she identifies with us.

She has become a media “darling,” in a black humor sort of way – but she isn’t any Spiro Agnew! 

Palin The Riveter

Governor Palin has been in the eye of every national storm, whether she likes it or not. The latest when more than one media boob blamed her for the Tucson shooting of Rep.… Read More

An Afternoon with Martin

 By HARRY COVERT

 It’s a warm June afternoon in 1966. At about 4 o’clock I was in the vestibule of the Hampton Institute chapel. A light breeze flowed through the windows raised about 12 inches.

 Martin, as he was called by his colleagues that day, was waiting to speak to the annual Hampton Institute Ministers Conference.  About a 100 clergymen from across Virginia, dressed in dignified dark suits, chatted as they listened to the organ music of the Institute’s music director, an internationally acclaimed musician.

 I took advantage of the interlude and introduced myself to Martin as a reporter from the Newport News Daily Press. … Read More

Aiming the Digit

By NORMAN M. COVERT

The raging gun control clique is crawling out from under the rocks! Their grief, their chagrin, their outrage at the tragic assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., AZ) Saturday is so obviously political that it makes one’s stomach turn. 

“Never let a crisis go to waste,” advises former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. The leftist politicians and their apologetic pundits are on it – full bore (pun intended).

 Six died, Representative Giffords and 13 others were wounded when 23-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire with his Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol on the group at a meet-and-greet session – this one at a Safeway in Tucson, Ariz.… Read More

Haiti: 'Dirt Cookies' On The Menu

By Harry Covert
CITE SOLEIL, Haiti — I was on a working visit to Port au Prince, Haiti, a few weeks ago.  The people are so poor they make “DIRT COOKIES” and sell them for 2¢ each. I saw how they are made — with dirt, salt and butter or lard. Then put on cardboard to dry in the sun. We went to the community in Cite Soleil, the poorest, the dirtiest and the neediest place in the world, bar none.  I’ve been sending containers of food and clothing for a long time.  I’ve been seeing first hand our facilities.  Taken lots of photos. … Read More