In response to Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields’ statement regarding his refusal to enforce the face mask mandate: Bad form, Sheriff.

Most of us are wearing masks that protect others (you) rather than really protecting ourselves.

It is not about “feeling comfortable.” It is about being responsible and helping to protect the community. I can social distance following someone who is not wearing a mask, but when that person sneezes or coughs and I pass through that area within a few seconds, I am put at risk, even with my mask on.

I would like to venture out to the grocery store, to stores to get necessities, to meet a few friends for lunch, to go to my work place and feel safe. I am doing my best to protect myself and others and would expect others to do the same, not say, “I’m not really a mask kind of person.” Who the heck is a mask kind of person?

We don’t need more uncertainty and confusing messages during this time. I doubt anyone really expects law enforcement to go around looking for people without masks. With all due respect, Sheriff, you are elected to protect this community. Set an example of that instead of making it political.

LuAnn Kinney, Southern Pines

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Stephen Woodward

A "mask person" is a virtue signaler who believes he has a "right" to safety from every physical threat. Human history tells us the Planet Earth is a killing machine. Get over yourself. Masks are ineffective and capture germs that live within the fabric of the masks.

Jim Tomashoff

We are in awe of Mr. Woodward, he's a constitutional scholar and clearly knows much more about infectious diseases than so called epidemiologists, doctors who specialize in the spread of diseases. All of whom are people Kent puts down as merely being "people in lab coats." Yes, we are blessed to have two such geniuses in our midst.

Mark Hayes

The Aztecs may have thought otherwise, pandemic and disease pretty much greatly reduced their numbers, but they did not have the knowledge on controlling these things, we do.

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