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MOB VIOLENCE NOW IN VOGUE

The American society is undergoing a stark change in ideas.

I reiterate comments in a previous column, personal hating and animus toward others of any sort is obscene and w-r-o-n-g. That’s not hard to say or think. Honestly I don’t know of any school classroom that teaches or instructs hatred. Maybe there are but not in all of my days have I found such academic foolishness.

The Charlottesville rioting has been all the rage as it should be. Tragic and for no reason with the exception of ignorance and hostility. No genius is required to know what happened in Thomas Jefferson’s town.

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THE GUISE of PEACEABLE ASSEMBLY


The Unbelievable Car Killing, Injuries

It was unbelievable to see the fighting explode with fisticuffs, tear gas, then become more horrible when a 20 year old Ohio man drove his car into the downtown crowd killing an innocent local paralegal and injuring 39 others.

By Harry M. Covert

There are plenty of words in the English language to express and condemn the odious events of the past weekend in Charlottesville. All are appropriate for the unpeaceable assembly where haters had their day.

The ghastly would-be protestors placed scars that will be difficult to erase for years to come. People of good will have their work cut out for them.… Read More

THE FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-NINE?

MONTICELLO IN ALBEMARLE COUNTY VIRGINIA


Jefferson’s Enduring Creation


By Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Richard B. Weldon Jr.

Take 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

TIME FOR SERIOUS ACTION

Hugs and Kisses Not the Answer

 By Harry M. Covert

How exciting. We’re in the New Year and it seems the world continues to be messier than ever.

Dwelling on gloom and doom is not good. The iPhone buzzed at almost 10 pm and the awful alert was North Korea said it exploded an H-bomb. What?

        This is not a joke or a gag. Folks in Washington are still pooh-pooing the story. Citizens everywhere need to pay attention because if the boy dictator decided to go through with a test missile to the left coast of the United States, fun-and-games will stop.

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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

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

CHANGING THE POLITICAL, PUBLIC VERNACULAR

Stupid Is as Stupid Does


By Harry M. Covert

 There was a time believe it or not when the political correctness fad didn’t exist. People of all ages didn’t run around being offended by this and that and elected officials were never called stupid, even though it was often talked about in closed door meetings.

          In the journalistic battleground reporters always knew off-the-wall combatants and refrained from printing stories without attribution.

          Once in my early days on the police beat looking for a weekend feature I thought it’d be fun to entertain readers with a story on citizen arrests. A police chief almost had a stroke at the suggestion, “please don’t do that.

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