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New Rules for Political Jousting?

By Harry M. Covert

I am grateful this political season is coming to a climax and none too soon. Maybe, just maybe, television will get back to some semblance of order and entertainment, even though I can’t think of any programs I want to see.

While the electorate has been bombarded in every possible way and subjected to stretchers almost beyond measure, the only people making money over the course of the political battlefield have been the broadcasting industry.

Candidates of all stripes have tried to make the populace believe American society is on a treadmill to oblivion and the media has been complicit scaring the daylights out of everyone.… 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

A New Meaning for Citizen-Soldiers

For years, like lots of people, I’ve driven up-and-down Virginia’s highways glancing at roadsigns acknowledging the famed 29th Division Infantry Division. I’ve seen a movie or two about the Fighting 29th. I know about the national memorial in Bedford, Virginia. I’ve even known men who fought in the unit. I’ve heard stories of those who died on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.

Nothing has been as riveting as reading Christian Davenport’s book, As You Were, To War and Back with the Black Hawk Battalion of the Virginia National Guard. This is a well-written, powerful book of a one-year experience of this Washington Post reporter embedded with the Virginia National Guard.… Read More