“Let freedom ring” seems to be the song that some local folks and politicians are singing lately. They claim that this is a “non-partisan” issue, yet cite Roy Cooper as the villain who is taking our freedoms. How come?

Didn’t Gov. Cooper, the General Assembly and state education and medical leaders agree to open schools recently? Looks like these fighters are playing the same record that others have sung from the same party and are not willing to make some small sacrifices to protect other folks.

The virus is still around and COVID-19 cases are up. I wonder if all these “freedom fighters” will start to look to other freedoms that all citizens are denied, such as voting rights, rights for our black citizens, the freedom from racial profiling, the freedom for the women’s Equal Rights Amendment to be ratified in North Carolina and the freedom from gerrymandering.

I cannot wait to hear their proposals for “true freedom” in this state. 

Roger W. Johnson


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Conrad Meyer

Roger, since governor "dimmer switch" proclaimed that schools should be open, why aren't they fully open? I have no dog in that fight as I have no school-aged children, but I am sure there are others that would like to know the answer.

Further, you stated that the chyna flu cases are up. Can you explain why the cases are actually down dramatically in Moore County? https://www.thepilot.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-cases-fall-to-6-month-low-in-moore-county/article_ddac8462-9359-11eb-b346-9fc7596e7220.html

Since I have seen very little change in mask wearing habits over the last 4 or 5 months, it would seem that mask wearing is not a cause of the reduction. Perhaps, instead, the reduction is due to the impact of the vaccines and the people that have already had the disease. I saw one article (sorry no link) that blood donations to the Red Cross have had 20% read positive for covid antibodies in early March which suggests that a larger segment of the population has had covid and recovered.

Of course, those reasons don't fit the leftist narrative, so they won't be mentioned in the media (including the Pilot). (keep up the good work Jayme - the facts are your friend)

And lastly, I have been vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine brought forth in warp speed by President Trump. I thank him for his efforts. And I still wear a mask in the presence of others who have yet to be vaccinated as I don't need to deal with the drama that the left imposes.

I fully expect crickets from Roger as he likely has no answers based in facts.

Justin Bradford

The people you’re talking about are only interested in one thing-their right to go uptown and get completely drunk in the pubs with no restrictions. After that, they could care less.

Conrad Meyer

Justin, I respect your right to state your opinion, but your last sentence makes no sense as it does not support it. Frankly, your first sentence is an insult to where ever "uptown" is. I am not familiar with that location as are the majority of Moore County residents.

Conrad Meyer

Poor Justin.

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