Archive / 2015

LIBERTY vs LICENSE for the HOLIDAYS

Vital Questions Stimulated by This Year’s Events


By Bruce Atkinson PhD 

Aren’t we all are looking for happiness for the holidays?   But what does that happiness mean?   And what should be our limits to “liberty and the pursuit of happiness”?

First, it bothers me that we have forgotten the real meaning of “holiday”—which was originally spelled “Holy Day.”   We have allowed Christ to be taken out of Christmas and we have allowed Christmas to be taken out of the season.   Our fleshly pleasures have become the definition of happiness.   We have forgotten the deep joys of knowing Christ and knowing God’s plan to redeem humanity. … Read More

ADVENT 2015

Christmas in a Heartfelt, Invisible Way

By K. Brewster Hastings

Grief is a strange state of being as one approaches Christmas.

This is my first major holiday since my mother died in June. My father died in 1996 so I am now without parents. A friend tells me, “Now, you’re an orphan in the world.” Also, a few weeks ago, my oldest brother Clark died alone at age 65, in a remote town of the Dominican Republic.

Now, I am assured my father, my mother, my brother died in the peace and mercy of the Lord. So, I have no “salvation anxiety.” Their departure is total gain!… Read More

A LITTLE CHILD TEACHES US AGAIN

Political Correctness is tyranny with manners.

Charleton Heston

By Ladson F. Mills III

If stupidity was a capital offense the world would be much smaller. There was a time when those made by the young, were regarded as opportunities for teaching and growth. But no more with the rise of Political Correctness.

Just ask South Carolina State Representative Wendell Gilliard. He revealed two things in a newspaper interview several years ago. First, he carefully picks and chooses his battles and secondly he ultimately is looking to advance his political career. It appears that he has found his battle even if the lives of eight young students are ruined in the process.… Read More

FREDERICK’S FIRST CLASS DEPUTY

Courtesy to an MS-13 Gang Member

 By Harry M. Covert

Nov. 10, 2015

It’s a nice feel good story. A Frederick County, Maryland, deputy sheriff used great restraint. During a broad morning light he took a slugging in the face and neck from an illegal MS-13 gang member.

There on Key Parkway in Frederick investigating a minor traffic matter, Deputy First Class Greg Morton restrained himself. After the physical assault he didn’t resort to any deadly reaction. He could have, probably should have.

In times past assaulting a deputy or other sworn officer was a major no-no. No question about it.… Read More

IS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT EQUITABLE?

Understanding Feelings of Vengeance

 By Harry M. Covert

All kinds of discussions result when the topic comes to state’s rights, sanctuary cities, school busing, and a certain historic flag not from Fort McHenry in Maryland or capital punishment.

Such considerations are explosive more often than not, good versus evil, for example. These are important and generally don’t come up with reasonable good feelings. Usually the reactions are hard-lined, and create most common “knock downs” of the most vociferous types.

Each of the 50 states and territories and possessions has its own peculiarities for numerous self-centered practices.

NEEDLE IN THE PEACH STATE

On the last day of September it can be recalled that after 18 years on death row, the State of Georgia, put the needle to a woman.… Read More

SPOUTING THE NICETIES

Mr. Biden’s Day in the Rose Garden

By Harry M. Covert

It was rather interesting. The upbeat 47th vice president was in the Rose Garden one day last week. He truly looked relieved. He was declining the opportunity to run for President.

           It was at this moment he probably became a statesman, a man without portfolio in some 17 months to

come.

            The Honorable Joe Biden spouted the niceties for not jumping into his political party’s presidential race.

       Admittedly, Mr. Biden is one of the more popular No. 2s in the nation’s history. He’s been down the political road but circumstances have prevented him from the coming Democrat nomination process.… Read More

JOYS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHING

It’s Winning or Else … Of Course

By Harry M. Covert

News leaks started seeping. The football coach was going to be fired, smack in the middle of the collegiate season. Usually replacing such personages waited until a season’s end.

In these days and times administrators just figure why wait? The thinking is easy. The coffers are full of cash so pay the guy off and get on with replenishing resources, dollars and wins.

That is entirely the story. From College Park, Maryland, The University is obviously flush beyond measure in the money department. And, they are fresh from extending the contract of the coach to 2017.… Read More

THE NONSENSE, GRANDSTANDING FROM SHOOTINGS

How to End Gun Violence?

 By Harry M. Covert

The matter of gun violence is of great and grave concern everywhere. It should be. In these days of everything goes in personal conduct the first thing anti-gunners jump on are good citizens who value their guaranteed rights to ownership.

Students, teachers and administrators are not safe anywhere it seems and there is tremendous cause for alarm, fear and some kind of protection.

There’s no doubt government has a responsibility to do something. There are no better protectors anywhere than the men and women of local police and sheriff’s offices and the numerous agencies throughout the county.Read More

CLERK AND THE JUDGE

Malfeasance or Principle?

By Harry M. Covert

At the very moment the Honorable Kim Davis figuratively expectorated – spit – in the face of a federal judge she was headed to jail.

The incarceration was for contempt of court. Almost immediately the fund-raising apparatus in all quarters of the religious and political communities was underway. Computerized printing presses, electronic mail and what is called social media began foaming at high speed, railing against unfair and unconstitutional attacks on the nation’s religious liberty.

The battle was under way bigtime with all the lofty folks claiming foul; that Christians of all persuasions were under attack by the federal government; and that the fundamentalists and evangelical communities are in dire straits.… Read More

WHEN NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY STORES WERE

Labor Day, Nickel Soda, 18¢ Bread


By Harry M. Covert


Labor Day is Monday and today is a perfect time to revisit first days of the first job. The experience sticks with most people no matter the passage of time. Me too.

Let’s relax for a while from all the partisan and silly debates around the nation. We need a rest from all the gabble flowing non-stop.

I like to recall the wonderful neighborhood grocery stores. Every city and town had them. They stick out because customers phoned in orders, they were charged on the family tabs, bills were cleared up usually on Friday paydays and orders were delivered by bicycle, if within a few blocks and by panel truck otherwise.… Read More