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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(10) comments

Frank Staples

Well nobody said what street these are on...please tell us so I can drive down and see what these mean spirited signs have to say

ken leary

Wait a minute, you mean we can have signs in our front yards in Pinehurst. Great. I have one. PINEHURST: We bust balls - are there any size restrictions?

Conrad Meyer

Size of the balls or the signs?

Kent Misegades

Which other inalienable rights do you oppose? If you don’t like the signs, don’t look at them. I despise rainbow flags but defend the rights of the confused people who display them - except when on public property.

John Rowerdink

Connie…. Would you be similarly offended if you agreed with the signs’ topics? Please continue to enjoy your walks in our beautiful community and try to remember that the Constitutions’ first amendment applies equally to subjects you don’t agree with.

Jim Davis

Mrs. what I hear is that opinions are OK as long as they are the same as yours...much like the "tolerant culture" that is only tolerant when we all agree and then violence is OK. I recommend you get over yourself

Stephen Woodward

Hi Connie,

More signs still to come.

Kent Misegades

Yeah man! Gotta drive by and give you a thumbs up!

Stephen Woodward

Should you wish to obtain one or more let me know. Thanks.

Dan Roman

If people want to display signs demonstrating their ignorance and personal prejudice publicly that's their First Amendment right, as it is the right of others to comment about their doing so.

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