One of the things that I have loved about living in Pinehurst is how visually beautiful it is, and on my morning walks with my Labrador I have found that it starts my day off in a positive way — just look around at the towering pines, the lush green, listen to the birds. That walk has become more and more important to me as the pandemic rages, takes lives, and as we deal with other tragic social issues in our country. The walk reminds me of how important hope is that things will change, as they always do.
I have especially enjoyed walking with Millie down Linden Road to the village. But something nasty has interrupted the beauty of our walk in the last couple of months.
There is a house that I have admired in the past, but no more. The people in that house display signs close to the road that are hate-filled and mean-spirited. They are signs that mock what doctors and other health officials recommend we do to protect ourselves and others. They are signs that state ugly slogans to further divide us when we desperately need to find ways to negotiate and compromise.
To the people that live in that house: I don’t want to see on your signs your hate-filled political views or your disrespect for the competent and highly educated women and men who are trying to give us advice for how to stay healthy and safe.
Keep your signs inside your house and inside your mean-spirited hearts.
Connie Kretchmar, Pinehurst
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