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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Ken Owens

It looks like economic “success” has killed a lot of people.

What is more important, lives or economic “success”?

Keith Miller


Peyton Cook

To the contrary. It is the Democrats who have done nothing to ease the pain of the pandemic. After the curve had been “flattened “, the President wisely turned over to the States the ability to reopen the economy. In most cases the Red States reopened faster than the Blue States and have had better economic success. Yes, there has been an increase in cases mostly among the younger. This could be attributed to the protests and more testing. The lack of concern about “social distancing “ and masks in the media in the media is astonishing. In fact the media definitely egged them on.

Ken Owens

Our so-called state and natioal GOP leaders have dramatically shown that they care more for the Republican Party than they do for the people.

I agree that we need politicians that mean it when they vow "for the people."

I was a Republican until I moved to North Carolina.

The people of North Carolina need to think for themselves and not be influenced by self-serving politicians and talk-show hosts (actually entertainers with their own radio show).

Kent Misegades

Grassroots Conservatives have been the driving force behind ending 146 years of Democrat rule in North Carolina following reconstruction, not the NCGOP. Many Conservatives vote as independents as a result, and are making a difference.

Jim Davis

Apparently, "the most constructive way to protest is to exercise your right to vote" as long as we vote for Democratic candidates.

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