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BIBLE SPEAK, POLITICS, OODLES OF $$$$

Looking for the Heavenly Touch

By Harry M. Covert

All the late tittle tattle about how to speak in Bible, most particularly among the political class, is rather interesting, fun and nonsense. Actually, at the risk of starting verbal combat, the King James Version traditionalists hold fast to orthodoxy. It ain’t funny, folks, particularly to those “standing on the promises.”

It can be nerve-wracking. In this season of overwhelming and tiresome political jaw-boning, the speakers make it easy to decide who in the media don’t know doodly about “Bible speak.”

In perspective Iowans recently supposedly came to the fore with their caucus, deciding presidential favorites.… Read More

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

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

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

Of Course, the Language is American!

American Spoken Here

 By Harry M. Covert

           Changes popular or not seem to be invading all over and the majority of citizens are like lambs to the slaughter. The latest challenge involves spoken language. The official language of Frederick County, the state of Maryland and the rest of the states of union is American.

           Of course it is. Why not? Most citizens are monolingual. From the time they come into the world bawling they don’t hear “buenos dias nino” or “guten morgen kind.” It is rather obvious that amid the daily travels around these environs there are no signs extolling “American spoken here.” Nor are there symbols asking about other tongues such as Finnish, Czech, Dutch or Chinese, simplified or traditional.… Read More

A LOVE NOTE TO REMEMBER

 

Sweet Elocutions and Electronic Mail



 

By Harry M. Covert 

          Time is now to affirm, promise, pledge and swear – yes, swear – that no more politicians from Maryland will be jumping into the billion-dollar presidential fray.

          I have been receiving a number of “love notes” from those involved on the national scale. In all probability these missives are created, developed, printed and mailed by the same direct mail virtuoso.

Since the recent elocution by the O’Malley fellow the electronic mail hasn’t just been limited to the Democrats’ FLOTUS. I was quite taken by First Lady Michelle Obama’s salutation, “I love you Harry.” Yes, it was pleasant, sweet of course.

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Reading the Judge’s Mail

Courtroom Fun but No Games 

By Harry M. Covert

When the weather gets bad its a good thing to find an old box full of scribbles on napkins, paper scraps and old note pads.

Recent days have proved invaluable. Some interesting stuff fell out. Over time a lot of notes have been taken in courthouses, jails, political meetings and other venues where intellect sometimes is off the bubble.

How about this one. Alexandria’s Chief General District Court Judge Becky J. Moore, presiding one morning, sentenced a defendant to a jail term in the city’s William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, better known perhaps as Dana Lawhorne’s jail.

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