Folks, I don’t trust the mail system. Over many years, thousands of brave men and women have given their lives fighting to protect our country. Thousands more have been wounded and many more were permanently disfigured.

Their blood was shed unselfishly so we can remain free and enjoy all this country has to offer — and that includes the right to vote.

To honor those who gave their lives so we can be free, I will stand in line for however long it takes to cast my vote in person. It is the least I can do to honor them for what they have done. I will watch as my vote is put into the machine and tabulated.

The brave service men and women will know their service was not in vain, at least for me. I will wear a mask and I will practice social distancing when in line, but I will vote in person.

Bill Reynolds

Pinehurst

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Peyton Cook

Congress has the sole power to appropriate funds. The first COVID-19 act was necessary to dampen the damage to the economy which was booming before the pandemic. But the latest 2 trillion bill put forward was by Pelosi. Of that about 800 billion was to help States long run by Democrats and have been poorly managed. So don’t blame the President solely for the debt. It comes nowhere close to the debt created by Obama.

Peyton Cook

My wife and I will vote in person, as we always have. I did vote absentee when I was in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. There have been too many recent instances of problems voting by mail.

Kent Misegades

Amen to that. Looking forward to voting in person and painting the country red.

Dan Roman

Don't trust the mail system? Given that it's being run into the ground by a Trump appointee that makes sense.

Mark Hayes

It doesn't take a mental giant to realize, or research the debt of the USPS. Yet again Richard, Dan, Old Pilot, notably known as The Pinehurst Putz, Bozo, or whatever he goes by, fails to actually admit that the postal service, as is, cannot continue to bleed out in a pool of debt. The government is not just funding the post office, it's the USPS retirement fund, and the entitlements that go with it. Obama made cut backs realizing the same problems, but then that was Obama. Stay fenced in and Stupid OP.

Barbara Misiaszek

The post office is required to prepay its retirement obligations, how many governmental agencies,or private businesses for that matter, are required to do that? The postal service is an essential business - still in this age of electronic communication. Until it isn't we will / must continue its funding. If you're recommending all government pensions be eliminated, I mean ALL of them, then we may have common ground.

John Misiaszek

Mark Hayes

Not looking for common ground, read what I stated regarding the USPS, " as it is ", cannot continue to bleed out in a pool of debt ."

Barbara Misiaszek

Our entire government is bleeding out in a "pool of debt". Even before pandemic relief efforts the current years deficit was going to total $1 Trillion! Where is the fiscal responsibility the GOP once championed? Whoever the next president is, with our debt now standing at in excess of $26 Trillion, taxes will be going up.

John Misiaszek

Mark Hayes

Don't know what has become of either party, they both spend, the difference being, what they spend on.

Libby Barnes

Amen. Very few of "his" staff are even confirmed! Wonder why????

I am concerned about the voting by mail too. I called the Moore Co. Board of Elections about mail in ballots as both my husband and I are high risk. I had read about a drop box in an earlier edition of the Pilot. The lady I spoke with said I could use the drop box for my application for a mail in ballot but not the actual ballot. She said the mail in ballot could be sent by mail OR hand delivered to the MC Board of Elections. She also said my husband or a close relative could hand deliver my ballot for me. I don't remember the date she said they would start accepting hand delivered ballots so I'll call the MC Board of Elections again to be sure.

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