Archive / November, 2016

THE DOLLAR A YEAR MAN

Example for all Public Servants? The Answer is . . .

By Harry M. Covert

nce we recover from those wonderful dinners, it’s an exciting time to decorate for the Christmas holidays, indoor and outdoor lights, beautiful ornaments on the trees, and then the shopping thrills and bills for the season.While the season is unveiling all sorts of fun-filled activities, maybe all of the political conversations can slow down.

Several things come to light these days to warrant interesting talk during wassailing, standing under mistletoes, Christmas caroling and, most importantly, for traditionalists praying for a white Christmas. The almanac, Google, and the National Weather Service are being ignored for the purpose of this writing.… Read More

THE FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE?


Jefferson’s Enduring Creation


By Richard B. Weldon Jr.

ake a trip to Monticello, the home and final resting place of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States of America. Really, if you haven’t already, take the trip!

The cultural, historical, architectural and agricultural lessons to be learned are equal parts inspiring and humbling. That it all sprang from the mind and heart of one man may be the most impressive aspect of the visit.

A must-see is his final resting place. This man-of-enumerable talents, this true renaissance figure, lies beneath a tomb inscribed with the following epitaph:

“Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia.”

No mention of his two terms as president, his governorship, time in the Virginia House of Burgesses or his experiences abroad as Secretary of State or trade minister.… Read More

KEEPING THE POTS BOILING


No matter how many high schoolers or collegians moan and groan, Inauguration Day 2017 will arrive with the usual pomp and circumstance and Hail to the Chief.


No Reason to Shiver and Shake


By Harry M. Covert

ow that transition of the government is undergoing such love and friendliness, who can barely wait for the new political style to arrive?

In all the nooks and crannies and communities big and small, anticipation is everywhere in hearts and minds of the next group of campaigners.

Who’s going to use the next slogan, “make our town and county great again? Of course, it’s coming in various forms.… Read More

AND THE WINNER IS?

‘Be silent, wretch, and think not here allow’d

That worst of tyrants, an usurping crowd’

The Illiad

By LADSON F. MILLS III

ears of conditioning by a politically correct power elite is taking its toll. As the author Gore Vidal observed, ‘as societies grow decadent the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise not to illumine… Words, are used to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own best interest.’

If our nation was less reactive and more reflective we might see that values now replace ideology as political identify. It would be morning in America, instead of mourning for America.… Read More

A FUN RIDE COMING

The ‘Shock and Oh’ for No. 45

By Harry M. Covert

till awake at 2:40 in the morning unable to reach The Land of Nod, it was impossible yesterday to hit the remote control off buttons for both the television set and laptop online. The ongoing cacophony about the stunning change on the national landscape had me alert.

Around my neighborhood, a light rain was sprinkling. Raindrops in the dark were falling on the window sills. About this time the victorious alleged “demagogue” was coming on to be humbled and presidential and take over the reins of the United States government.… Read More