It is so very disappointing to know that some law enforcement agencies have found it necessary to announce a negative response about our governor’s mask mandate. Once again, a vocal minority has contributed to a decision that is not in the best interest of all.

As a 72-year-old who has not left the house for three months, even the possibility of being able to get out and about because everyone would be wearing a mask to prevent the spread of disease, was truly exciting.

Sadly, it is not now practical or safe for folks to do so since the mandate will, for all intents and purposes, be ignored by those who have pledged to protect us.

To declare something “unconstitutional” is an argument frequently used but also frequently lacking in truth or logic. It’s akin to the same old argument about yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.

Respect for our law enforcement agencies is most definitely well-deserved in almost every single case. Perhaps all perspectives should be considered before their assumption that the good of all is not served by science but by those who maintain selfish, non-factual attitudes.

Kate Cowan, West End

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Sheila Dumlao

I agree with the comments that most folks are wearing masks, and for that I am thankful. I join those who are disappointed with the sheriff's need to make a public comment against the governor's order. I am especially appalled by his taking it upon himself to interpret the law instead of enforcing the law.

Patricia Bryan

I will say that the stores I have been in this week all have posted signs that a mask is required to enter. These are larger places - Food Lion, Harris Teeter and Walmart, all in Aberdeen. In the last two days I have noticed that the majority of customers in these three stores have been wearing masks, including many children. No more than one or two couples in any of the stores have not had on masks. Employees in those stores also were wearing masks. This is quite different from a week ago, and a nice development. Particular thanks to store employees who spend hours wearing a mask - for me it is difficult and uncomfortable for any longer than 20 minutes. I hope we are part of the solution, thankful not to be considered part of the problem.

Peyton Cook

See my response to the Editorial

Sally Larson

I now understand the Sherrif was saying there's no provision in the mandate for the law to follow through with. But, he could have said it in a different way focusing on his support for the people. He could have said "if someone is entering your establishment and not conforming to your guidelines, the police will remove them from your premises for trespassing. He really left us feeling he wasn't going to protect us all but was taking sides. That is seriously wrong.

Peyton Cook

That’s what the Governor could have said.

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