The COVID-19 pandemic has unmasked a stark reality; glib showmanship is no match against a lethal virus. Like Humpty Dumpty, Donald Trump and the GOP leadership have taken a great fall when it comes to issues such as honesty, ethics and fair play.
Although the damage done to our nation has been enormous, we do have the chance to start the recovery process by voting in November. At both the state and federal levels, the leadership in the respective Senate chambers needs to be changed by electing Democrats.
In both cases, the GOP majority leaders — Phil Berger in Raleigh and Mitch McConnell in Washington — have made their partisan agendas their top priority.
We can mitigate this by electing two excellent candidates. Helen Probst-Mills brings legal skills to the table for the state Senate. For the U.S. Senate, Cal Cunningham offers valuable experience. He is head of an environmental services company and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Both candidates will give us the independent leadership that is so needed.
Remember the most constructive way to protest is to exercise your right to vote.
Ted Weatherly, Southern Pines
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