Archive / 2011

MILESTONES & STOPPING OFF POINTS

By NORMAN M. COVERT

The Covert Letter must take this space to announce that today, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 marks the final day of Harry Covert’s formal employment. After five years on the job, he officially retires from his duty as public information officer for the City of Alexandria (Va.) Sheriff’s Department.

Harry has been working the long and unpredictable hours of a professional journalist, writer, editor and public relations practitioner since 1957.

It is time for him to take a break from the daily grind. His decision to retire was on-again, off-again, but the timing matched up well and his desk has been emptied this afternoon.… Read More

DINNER WITH FOXES & CONFEDERATE MONEY

By Harry Covert

I always chuckle hearing the old line, “Save yore Confederate money boys, the South’s gonna rise again.”  Andy Griffith made that famous.

For years as a gag, I had fun using $100 confederate bills as a notepad, long before we had the joy of electronic mail. It felt good using first-class U.S. stamps especially to those Yankee carpetbaggers who invaded the Commonwealth for fame, fortune and good living.

So, now we are in the sesquicentennial commemoration of what many still refer to as the War of Northern Aggression or the War Between the States.  A history buff can really get involved with all of the “celebrations” scheduled through 2015.… Read More

EVERY SPY A PATRIOT

By Harry Covert

It’s no secret that Alexandria, Virginia, has one of the largest populations of taxpayers who are either retired or active spies.  Many have played extraordinary roles and distinguished themselves in defending America and its allies.

These folks have had a lifetime of working behind the scenes, out of the glare of public recognition.  That’s part of the game and they keep their oath not to talk out of school.  Only as the years pass do details leak.  Usually friends and neighbors are surprised and amazed at what can be described as derring-do among those with whom they’ve lived, shopped and raised families.… Read More

Lest We Forget

By NORMAN M. COVERT

The Covert Letter sends Christmas and New Year wishes to our faithful readers. I’m sure you agree that special greetings are due our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, and Coast Guardsmen serving far away from their families. Christmas for these uniformed patriots is still “Duty, Honor, Country,” in the words of the late General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.

Packages from home are terrific, but you can’t beat being at the fireside with your loved ones.

The majority of our troops may have come home from Iraq in November and December, but many Americans, including one of my own, are still there.… Read More

A DOUBLE PEDESTAL REMEMBRANCE

By NORMAN M. COVERT

MY FATHER didn’t invent “man caves” as we know them, but The Rev. Harry M. Covert Sr. showed me the value of a home hideaway. His desk, not power tools, was a convincing and integral part of his personal space. It helped shape his life.

A couple weeks ago I moved his desk out of my man cave, it having been fully restored and matched with his chair, also resurrected. They had occupied space in the flotsam and jetsam of my garage more than two years – call it cogitation time.

Completion comes 26 years after his untimely death in December 1985.… Read More

Mr. Goodson: Politics in Shadow of Jamestown

(Foreword: We recently came across an editorial in the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press in which the newspaper strongly endorsed Bruce Goodson in his quest to be James City County’s new Commissioner of Revenue.

The election is Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011.

The Covert Letter is proud of Cousin Bruce Goodson’s accomplishments in business and in civic service on the Lower Virginia Peninsula, but especially on behalf of James City County. We endorse his candidacy with enthusiasm.

The birth of the New World’s first representative form of government at Jamestown some 400 years ago is  manifested today in Mr. Goodson, a descendant of Jamestown soldier of fortune Robert Beheathland.… Read More

HALLOWEEN TALE OF HORROR AND PUMPKINS

By NORMAN M. COVERT

(FREDERICK, Md.) – This Halloween story is a cross between Linus waiting for The Great Pumpkin and Seymour, the flesh eating monster plant from the movie, “Little Shop of Horrors.” The subject of this tale has captured the curiosity of the neighborhood and boasts monster pumpkins from the Seymouresque tendrils threatening the Japanese maple.

It would appear The Great Pumpkin has already arrived fulfilling Charles Shulz’s cartoon expectations minus the toys. This is perfect Halloween decoration.

It all begins in Mrs. Rabideau’s first grade class at our Orchard Grove Elementary School last May. Grandson Nicholas was agog at the possibilities of his teacher’s science experiment seeking answers to which medium might be best for growing fertile seeds.… Read More

BABIES, BASSINETS & BASEMENTS

By Norman M. Covert

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) collective wisdom may result in saving a lot of infants’ lives, and that’s a good thing, but it also means I’m stuck with:

1. A bassinet that rocks; 2. A 41-year-old Port-a-crib™; 3. A drop-side full-sized crib; and 4. A Yuppie’s-dream solid oak crib, which converts to a youth bed.

No one wants the nostalgic and emotionally-connected items, especially not the Childrens Center in Washington, the local Good Will Industries, Vietnam Veterans of America, nor any other organization that clamors for the leftovers in my garage and basement.… Read More

LOWER TIDMARSH & BEYOND

BY NORMAN M. COVERT  

 (Frederick, Md.) — Interesting that the Obama Administration decided not to quarrel with the U. S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which struck down Obamacare Monday last. The Atlanta–based court ruled the legislation is unconstitutional in its requirement that all citizens purchase health insurance.

We knew that all along and expect The Supremes to agree. A preliminary motion has already been filed with SCOTUS by the plaintiffs. Don’t hold your breath on a quick decision.

 The “death panels” revealed among the thousands of pages in the legislation are not a new notion. This decade has seen my insurance company’s expert deny coverage including pre-op cardiovascular diagnostics.… Read More

A RETURN AND AWAKENING

NOTE TO READERS
 
 The Covert Letter has been in hiatus since early summer due to medical challenges beyond our control. We hope to be back to regular input soonest. In the meantime it is fitting that this day, September 11, 2011 marks our return to cyberspace. A decade ago we were shocked into sobering reality with the dastardly attack on America by Muslim Terrorists. I make no apology for the foregoing description of our enemy that day — and today.

 It is frustrating that our national leadership seems not to know the face of the enemy and has formed alliances with friends of these Muslim Terrorists.… Read More