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8/20/2020 7:48:00 PM

Keep wearing masks

I am writing to express my opinion about people wearing face masks in our community. The past five months, I believe people have been following the rules about wearing face coverings while out in public. It is important to prevent the deaths, cases, illnesses and spread of the virus to the people.

Only one person has died in Summerfield from COVID-19. Keep it from spreading by continuing to wear masks and social distancing in public.

Dobin Williams, SUMMERFIELD

Mayor's allegiance is to government, not the governed

The Lady Mayor (of Oak Ridge) and I have one thing in common; we cannot abide the promulgation of misleading information. So...

Her spurious imputation that I characterized government employees as parasites is offensive, and untrue. Police officers, firemen and soldiers are among the bravest people you'll meet, and have no choice but to join the public sector if that is their chosen profession. But the public sector draws wealth off the private sector to fund itself and is, in purely economic terms, indisputably parasitic. That's just a fact.

It's also a fact that Oak Ridge residents suffer a property tax burden nearly three times that of neighboring Summerfield, and have done so for decades. To claim this is fair and that the tax was even reduced one time is a classic politician's prevarication. The rate was trimmed by less than 5% in the same year that all Guilford County properties were revalued. So, your property tax bill probably increased.

Some tax cut.

Oak Ridge's own Marie Antoinette expresses not a scintilla of empathy for her subjects, choosing instead to circle the wagons in defense of "The town of Oak Ridge." In doing so she unintentionally displays the one true allegiance of the Left - to government, not the governed.

She even trots out the old liberal canard that government employees are underpaid. Yeah, right. As our incomes collapse, as our businesses die, as we risk losing our homes, government employees enjoy being perfectly insulated from economic reality. In fact, it's time for a pay raise! What a tin ear. But hey, if you're a tax-and-spend council, you have to spend that money somehow.

The first excuse for a 2.5% pay raise for employees was as a cost-of-living adjustment, but the CPI for May 2019 to May 2020 actually declined by 0.1%, so that lie wouldn't fly (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Red-faced but undeterred, the raise is now justified because of... "leadership." Really?

There's more, but in the interests of brevity and comity, let me conclude by saying something positive about our dear "leader," the mayor.

She certainly is a good politician.

Christopher Rees, OAK RIDGE

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