A good man has gotten caught up in a health issue and made it political.

Sheriff Fields, I have known you for close to 20 years and know you always lived up to and absolutely supported the rule of law.

Your oath of office did not include determining whether a law was unconstitutional. That is for the courts. The rule of law mandates that you enforce the law without prejudice or bias and equally among all citizens. I always knew that you would practice this and be committed to protect the integrity of your department.

Yes, as you said, the executive order of the governor would be awkward to enforce, as many other laws. You are developing your legacy as a good sheriff. Do not let your position on the enforcement of the executive order manding the wearing of masks for health purposes put an impediment on your legacy.

Many people don’t like wearing seatbelts, getting their cars inspected or complying with the traffic laws, but you enforce those laws for the safety of the citizens.

The poor example you set, declaring an executive order unconstitutional, is not in the best interests of the citizens of Moore County, their health and safety. The people of Moore County need you now more than ever in this trying time.

Jim Van Camp, Pinehurst

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(8) comments

Kent Misegades

As long as executive orders are made by a Governor who chooses not to follow them himself, they mean nothing. Even his sidekick Mandy Cohen was caught unmasked recently. She only put it on when the camera was present. Hypocrites.

Peyton Cook

Social distancing and masks (now referred to as face covering “ are the “guidelines” recommended by Federal government. I believe in social distancing and wearing a mask when in the presence of multiple people, not wearing a mask when not. These are “guidelines” not law. The retail stores should determine whether or not to require masks.

Stephen Woodward

The Sheriff is merely reiterating that the Governor is a feckless politician who thinks he can rule by fiat. And it bears repeating that everything Gov. Stupor has mandated is first and foremost unconstitutional and unenforceable. We are citizens not subjects.

Barbara Misiaszek

Even governors in Red states are now requiring masks. Why is that do you think? Because they work!.

John Misiaszek

Sally Larson

Stephen, move your ego over and do the right thing by being part of the solution, not the problem. As long as people refuse to comply, we are never going to get past this and get the economy moving again. It just takes one person to spread it and keep us all from being able to get back to normal. Your entitled arguments are beginning to sound pretty weak.

Sally Larson

Stephen, the Sheriff made a mistake in his wording and the governor was trying to do the right thing to ask our help to stop the virus with a mandate. People like you weren't taking this seriously so he felt he had to do something more official. Get over yourself and your precious ego and do the right thing and become part of the solution. If everyone just did this one thing we could stop this virus from spreading we'd be able to get our lives back. You are holding us back.

Dan Roman

Stephen displays a classic cultural cancer: the disdain for any type of authority & for fellow citizens.

Sally Larson

It's very unfortunate the Sherif didn't just say there are no provisions in the mandate to allow the police to support it, but if someone enters an establishment without a mask and won't leave, the police will remove that person from the premises for trespassing. It would have solved a lot of problems.

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