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WISHING, HINDSIGHT ALL WASTEFUL

By Harry M. Covert 

          Imagine for a few moments if hindsight was 20-20 vision. Imagine if mistakes could be corrected years after the fact. Imagine not having to say “if only I could have done things differently.” 

          Dear hearts and gentle people, looking back and fretting over small or large things of past actions, activities and or accomplishments can’t be done. 

          Such looking back and making changes is impossible as are death and taxes. Or, having the future predicted by palm readers, tarot cards and so-called and self-proclaimed prophets.

           All of the gotchas going on with political watchers doing their best to smear Jeb Bush who said based on the information available in 2004 to his brother, George W., he too would have invaded Iraq.… Read More

JANE WATREL: From News Star to Sheriff’s Star

By Harry M. Covert

For five years, I pestered Jane Watrel.  At least three times a week—and sometimes more—I either emailed or telephoned her with

news story suggestions.  She never ignored me.  If she didn’t like the idea, she was nice about it.  Once, I called as she was preparing to go on the air.  She was nice about that, too.

Jane is an experienced first-class reporter.  She knows her way around the news business.  It was always my thought she should be anchoring the news.  For the life of me, I can’t figure why she wasn’t put in the anchor’s seat. … Read More

Sarah Isn’t Spiro: It’s all in the sayin’

By NORMAN M. COVERT

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin sets off a fire storm wherever she goes, whatever she says and whatever happens external to her. She is a politician both men and women take pleasure in seeing, whether it is her beauty or the way she identifies with us.

She has become a media “darling,” in a black humor sort of way – but she isn’t any Spiro Agnew! 

Governor Palin has been in the eye of every national storm, whether she likes it or not. The latest when more than one media boob blamed her for the Tucson shooting of Rep.… Read More

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

Day in the Newsroom: Real Heroes

I celebrated the 65th anniversary of the D-Day Landing last weekend watching the Foyle’s War episode, “All Clear,” the great British TV show. I often take time to remember the Greatest Generation by re-reading or re-watching “Patton,” “The Saving of Private Ryan” or “Action in the North Atlantic,” the latter a wonderful film about the U. S. Merchant Marine.

One of my uncles, Johnny Davis, served in the Merchant Marine. He loved ships and the sea. He told me how it was to be sunk by Nazi U-boats. “You’d only want to do it once,” he’d laugh. “The Germans always struck us at night when it was cold and the water freezing.” The first time for him was “at dark 0230.” He was 19.… Read More