Recently, I called a local restaurant to inquire if they wear masks. The lady replied the chefs do. I asked if the wait staff did and she said, “It is not mandated.” I took that as a no. I find it interesting that common sense and consideration for your community needs to be “mandated.”

Fortunately, we do have restaurants that are careful about their customers and themselves. I have had comfortable/safe experiences at Lynette’s Cafe and Bakery, Lisi Italian Restaurant, Waffle House, Outback Steakhouse, Ironwood Restaurant and PineScone Cafe. I am sure other readers can add to this list.

I also would like to voice my thanks to the Sunrise Theater for their outdoor shows. They have implemented a thorough plan for safe and fun viewing of entertaining movies. It was most enjoyable watching a movie under the stars with a beer and popcorn

The Sandhills of North Carolina is making the most out of these difficult times.

Gordon Fung


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Kent Misegades

Facts and common sense tell me masks are useless. But I have no objection to people wearing them if it makes them feel more secure. A wise business owner leaves the option up to his employees and customers. Nancy Pelosi clearly agrees with me, judging from images of her getting her hair done, without a mask. Same for Dr. Fraudci at a ball game and Governor Cooper marching with BLM terrorists.

Dan Roman

Kent Misegades The Pilot/Pinehurst Pinocchio is lying again. There are no facts indicating masks are useless, quite to the contrary the head of the CDC today indicated that wearing masks would be more effective than a vaccine is limiting Covid-19, plus Kent has never exhibited an ounce of common sense in any event. Nothing new there. Problem is it's people like Kent, who lack common sense and won't wear masks, refuse to social distance or avoid crowds and spread misinformation that keep the Covid-19 pandemic going. Kent is at best just another Trump apparatchik, spreading fear and misinformation.

Frank Staples

Dan, it's interesting that you have to call Kent a liar when he's speaking the truth. Don't you recall Dr. Fauci saying that the masks did no good? It's on video if you'd like to check it out and apologize to Kent.

Jim Tomashoff

Frank is wrong, not Dan. Doctors, unlike Frank, are able to learn over time. When Fauci said average Americans did not need masks it was very early March, I believe. At that time doctors and nurses needed masks more the public because there was a shortage and so far not that many cases existed so it was more unlikely that infected people would infect others. As cases increased it became more likely that infected people would infect others, plus doctors learned that a significant percentage of people who had Covid-19 would be asymptomatic and would spread the disease if they didn't wear masks, and would not spread it if they did. As doctors learned more about this virus, and as more masks became available, Fauci changed his recommendation. Check it out and apologize to Dan.

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