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An Afternoon with Martin

 By HARRY COVERT

 It’s a warm June afternoon in 1966. At about 4 o’clock I was in the vestibule of the Hampton Institute chapel. A light breeze flowed through the windows raised about 12 inches.

 Martin, as he was called by his colleagues that day, was waiting to speak to the annual Hampton Institute Ministers Conference.  About a 100 clergymen from across Virginia, dressed in dignified dark suits, chatted as they listened to the organ music of the Institute’s music director, an internationally acclaimed musician.

 I took advantage of the interlude and introduced myself to Martin as a reporter from the Newport News Daily Press. … Read More

Aiming the Digit

By NORMAN M. COVERT

The raging gun control clique is crawling out from under the rocks! Their grief, their chagrin, their outrage at the tragic assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., AZ) Saturday is so obviously political that it makes one’s stomach turn. 

“Never let a crisis go to waste,” advises former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel. The leftist politicians and their apologetic pundits are on it – full bore (pun intended).

 Six died, Representative Giffords and 13 others were wounded when 23-year-old Jared Lee Loughner opened fire with his Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistol on the group at a meet-and-greet session – this one at a Safeway in Tucson, Ariz.… Read More

Haiti: 'Dirt Cookies' On The Menu

By Harry Covert
CITE SOLEIL, Haiti — I was on a working visit to Port au Prince, Haiti, a few weeks ago.  The people are so poor they make “DIRT COOKIES” and sell them for 2¢ each. I saw how they are made — with dirt, salt and butter or lard. Then put on cardboard to dry in the sun. We went to the community in Cite Soleil, the poorest, the dirtiest and the neediest place in the world, bar none.  I’ve been sending containers of food and clothing for a long time.  I’ve been seeing first hand our facilities.  Taken lots of photos. … Read More