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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

Out of the Past, Mencken Still Up-to-Date

     The more I read, hear and see about today’s political and media society, the more I return to the writings of H. L. Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore.  
 
     He said, at various times:
 
     “As the arteries grow hard, the heart grows soft.”
 
     “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”
 
     “Democracy is only a dream:  it should be put in the same category as Santa Claus and Heaven.” 

     And, “Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.”

Everybody who loves politics, should take time to read the wit and wisdom of the great journalist of yonder years. 

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