Archive / January 24, 2011

An Afternoon with Martin


 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

A Covert Family Tradition

Sharing space here on The Covert Letter™ should cause no sibling rivalry with elder brother Harry. I’ve committed to regular input for your edification and entertainment. We hope this adds to your information appetite.

 My efforts also should not interfere with my commentary each week for , a news and opinion website originating in Frederick, Md., and published by my friend John Ashbury. I invite you to check it out. The archive of my articles dating to 2002 there reveals an interesting journey for me through the world of cyber-commentary. 

This can be a fun medium. Harry and I take “blue pencils,” the electronic version, to each other’s copy regularly and of course seek approval for what one former colleague dubbed, our “deathless prose.” … Read More

Aiming the Digit


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