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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