Archive / April, 2011

Reader Alert

 The Covert Letter is pleased to publish a series of Holy Week daily reports from Jerusalem covering Jesus of Nazareth and his pilgrimage in concert with the Feast of Passover. Our special correspondant will have reports for you each day on the unfolding story. The first installment begins today.

This was inspired by a five-part series written in 1959 by Harry Covert in The Times-Herald, Newport News, Virginia. Harry had the late Rev. Harry M. Covert Sr. to verify the accuracy of his work. The editor is solely responsible for the accuracy of the reports. Illustrations are from The Rev.… Read More

Libya: Makings of Another ‘Desert Debacle?’

By Norman M. Covert

Apparently the “Buck…” touted by President Barack Obama, stops in Libya, not the Oval Office. Col. Moammar Gadhafi continues to be in Mr. Obama’s face, surviving insurgents and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Reports of his impending demise seem exaggerated.

There are fears this could be another “Debacle in the Desert.” President Jimmy Carter oversaw that failed effort to rescue captured Americans in Iran in 1980. Everything went wrong for the Delta Force.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has declared that military action will probably not suffice to force Gadhafi out; that it will take lengthy negotiation.… Read More

Welcome Back

The Covert Letter has a new look today, but we hope the changes do not alter your comfort zone navigating the site. We trust you, as a long-time friend and supporter, will keep your friendship with us.

It is a challenge and privilege to assume the role of senior editor/publisher as brother Harry Covert steps back into the role of editor at large. Harry will offer occasional commentary in the style to which you’ve become accustomed under the byline H. M. Covert. You may also read occasional articles from other contributors.

When I joined The Covert Letter as a regular in January we provided background on the years of my collaboration, both personal and professional, with Harry.… Read More


Norman M. Covert’s  first effort as a publishing entrepreneur was creating a newsletter for his church in 1955. It folded after two issues, a victim of a World War II military surplus mimeograph. It required more patience and skill than the 12-year-old possessed. He didn’t lose his love of the medium. Sixty-nine years later he can boast knowledge of “WYSIWYG,” using Apple/Macintosh or the current Gateway Windows XP driven computer.

 Aside from a stint in the Newport News Shipyard, Norm has been a reporter, writer, editor, public relations professional and columnist his entire career. At Newport News High School (Class of ’61) he wrote “COVERT’S CORNER,” a sports column in “The Beacon.”… Read More



The Covert Letter will have a new look in the next few days as Harry Covert and Norman Covert switch chairs at the cyber helm, as it were. Norman is assuming the role of senior editor/publisher and you will see that reflected in the home page modifications.

Harry expects to remain faithful to his friends and readers, choosing the opportunity to be an editor at large. This will give flexibility in his input and more time for his humanitarian work.

We hope you will continue to meet with us in this exciting medium and offer your advice on making it more responsive to you.… Read More