The Pilot’s recent editorial related to the new Aberdeen Elementary being a goal of the school board to be torn down is silly. The reporter called me the other day and asked me about that. In no way did I say tear the building down.

Let’s talk about (McDeeds Creek Elementary Principal) Molly Capps for a moment. First, I can’t believe that you think that it is OK that Dr. Capps’ contract was renewed. A principal was operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with children, crashed and was knocked out. You mentioned the principal was shamed in the article. She should be embarrassed about the decisions she made. I’m sure I would be too if I were standing in her shoes.

I understand you may be a little disgruntled toward the newly elected candidates for, well, you know why. I would add that it is irresponsible to post your opinions to be taken as fact.

For the 2019 school year, it was reported that there were 5 “D” rated schools: Aberdeen Elementary; Aberdeen Primary; Elise Middle; Robbins Elementary and Southern Middle.

Please know that I do acknowledge teachers and their hard work and dedication. You and I talked about that when I went to The Pilot to be interviewed. What you are doing is putting angst and anxiety nonsense out there to frighten teachers and concerned citizens.

You need to understand that just because you can write about anything you want, sometimes, it’s best to keep your opinions to yourself, especially when we are all in it for the betterment of MCS. The overwhelming support from the public is a testament to the trust that has been given to us. Stop being irresponsible and emotional in your words.

Philip Holmes


Editor’s Note: Holmes is Moore County Schools Board of Education member-elect for District 5.

Publisher’s Note: This is a letter to the editor, submitted by a reader, and reflects the opinion of the author. The Pilot welcomes letters from readers on its Opinion page, which serves as a public forum. The Pilot is not in the business of suppressing public opinion. We are a forum for community debate, and publish almost every letter we receive. For information on how to make a submission, visit this page:

(8) comments

Mark Hayes

If John Nagy was influenced by being a submissive and self serving, your letter would not have been published, demonstrating his own ability to remain above using suggestive and borderline slanderous comments.

ken leary

“I understand you may be a little disgruntled toward the newly elected candidates for, well, you know why.” Actually I don’t know “why”; could you explain. Possibly, it may be that people don’t believe that you “acknowledge teachers and their hard work and dedication” when you perseverate on supposed failures and resolved issues. I have no faith in your ability to constructively enhance the Moore County school system. Your mean spirited attitude is evidence of a destructive agenda which will just cause further disharmony and affect negatively the morale of educators. Of course I could be wrong.

philip holmes

Ken, the letter was actually towards John Nagy. Some may not know that Mr. Nagy and the director of communications at Moore County Schools, Catherine Murphy are in a relationship leading many to argue that the Pilot is reporting what she wants printed.

I find it very difficult to believe that I would be against teachers? I am married to a teacher. I have teachers that have voted for me. Never have you once heard that I said anything negatively about teachers. Their hard work, even working late in the evening after school functions, dedication, and the amount of stress is NOT unappreciated by me, Sir. I am terribly sorry you feel that way. Hopefully you will find faith in my contributions. Of course I could be wrong.

Lynette Crosby

Catherine Murphy and John Nagy’s relationship is absolutely none of your business. They both had independent lives before either one of them became devoted citizens of Moore County. They have had very little time to plot and scheme to undermine you or your friends. Endorsements (if that is your problem) are a product of an editorial board, not one person whispering in his girlfriend’s ear. She busy and very involved in her own job which she cares deeply about. I’m not wrong. I’m her mom.[rolleyes][rolleyes]

Mark Hayes

Not knowing either one of them, I was thinking the same. If Moore County residents are going to have those like Holmes as their spokesman, then all in their own homes, should pull down the shades and turn off the lights, because he seems to be a a night stalker, a peeping Tom, and a bit of a gossiper. He also seems to have aspirations of being a politician.

Lynette Crosby

There are great joys and great irritants in living in a small town. But, I do love it!

ken leary

"I find it very difficult to believe that I would be against teachers?" So I said to myself, self....

Mark Hayes

And self said back, back...

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