THREATS TO BALTIMORE POLICE ABOUND

When Lawbreakers Takeover Peaceful Protests

By Harry M. Covert

[Editor’s Note: This column was written Monday before the looting and burning devastated Baltimore and prior to the mayor and governor instituting emergency procedures.]

Baltimore Burning

The tragedy that’s continued to unfold in Baltimore truly affects all segments of Maryland life and most all communities, large and small. There have been no easy answers to Freddie Gray’s death two weeks ago, and the city’s political and police officials have gone to the nth degree to salve the matter.

It was heard loud and clear, probably thousands of times, that protesters were exercising their constitutional rights.… Read More

REAL PAIN IN BALTIMORE

Freddie Gray, RIP

By Harry M. Covert 

In all probability the toughest job in the world these days is being a cop. This slang expression is considered an acceptable term for serving men and women that comes from Constable on Patrol. There are other meanings of course.

Freddie Gray Arrested

One of the most troubling things to happen in Maryland of late has been the Baltimore death of a young guy who died in police custody apparently from tormented ride in what would have been described as a paddy wagon in days of yore.

Investigation into the death of the citizen from a broken back while cuffed in arms and legs has brought about no answers.… Read More

ELEANOR, ROSA, BARBARA & BARBARA

A Change for the $20 Bill?

By Harry M. Covert

The movement has started. Not quite sure how long it will be before it’s consummated but the train is moving. To be somewhat honest I figure midway through the first term of the first woman president the $20 bill will have a new face.

I well know that change is coming for a new frontispiece to replace that old rogue Andrew Jackson, the seventh president. He’s had it long enough, 87 years. But, friends in Lexington, VA., don’t get too excited. Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson isn’t going to be the new person or even considered.… Read More

IMBIBING IN MR. JEFFERSON’S TOWN

ID, PLEASE
By Harry M. Covert

The thing that is so disturbing by news “presenters” is they get to jawing before knowing any facts. Naturally, it depends too on an agenda.

There is no question tenseness involving race abounds throughout the land, and I suspect far more specious than in Frederick, the county in Maryland. The news dogs both male and female get excited when their police radios blare to some event.

I stayed home on St. Patrick’s Day. I could say I was afraid no one would ask for my up-to-date driver’s license or some other form of identification. But, friends, I won’t.Read More

TIME AGAIN TO REMEMBER CHARLIE KELLER

Thankfully, Baseball Still No. 1

By Harry M. Covert

I STILL HOLD OUT THAT BASEBALL is the nation’s pastime. Sitting in the stands watching a no-hitter, or seeing snappy double plays and homeruns, what’s better to any sport lover? It’s preferable in these quarters to watch a direct throw from catcher to the second baseman and an out. Similarly for an outfielder’s throw.

Charlie Keller

Back in the days learning the ropes to a long life, I remember well when an 18-year-old catcher named Johnny Bench, on his haunches, warmed up throwing out runners in the minor leagues in Newport News, Va.… Read More

THE RUDDERLESS SHIP OF STATE

GLOOM AND DOOM NO LONGER THE JOKE

By Harry M. Covert

It is a frightening thing when leaders are in the wrong arena, they don’t understand the enemies and the big worry this particular moment is emails.

Speaker John Boehner

Quite frankly for the first time in my life seeing a rudderless nation brings concern as to any future for anyone us.

The ship of state is foundering. Expectation for a better day is waning right before our eyes.

Gloom and doom is not a joke for anyone, local, state and national.

The international conflagration under way is at the point where leaders don’t want to believe it.… Read More