LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many signs of unity, except one

Published 2:26 pm Thursday, April 30, 2020

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First, I wish to join my voice with others throughout the community in a big thank you to all of the front-line workers who are helping us to navigate the uncharted waters of this coronavirus pandemic: healthcare workers, first line responders, teachers working online to make sure students keep up with their schoolwork, church leaders, grocery store and pharmacy staff and those working to help individuals in need who have lost jobs or who are in need of extra help.

It’s also been uplifting to read in the SNAP so many stories of encouragement and everyday heroism.

A special shout-out to our local county and state political leaders who also have jumped in to help out. Commissioner Jordan and Rep. Sasser are showing caring and compassionate leadership which has been a welcome change from what we see from many politicians at the national level.

That said, it’s all the more disheartening to read yet another diatribe by Mr. Abernathy who continues to spew inaccurate and caustic political comments despite the situation in which we all find ourselves.

The coronavirus does not discriminate based on political affiliation or beliefs. We’re all in this together, and his comments strike me as insensitive, disrespectful and downright insulting to all of those working together right now for the benefit of our community.

As so many in our community demonstrate every day, now is not the time for divisive partisan politics, but for coming together for the wellbeing of all of our neighbors.

Anne Lipe