— Colin Campbell (@RaleighReporter) July 19, 2021
Here we go with the Veto Garage again...
— Pete Kaliner (@PeteKaliner) July 19, 2021
Considering they posted the following in February of 2021, they did not learn their lesson from 10 months before:
Here is my open letter to the city and county on the discrimination and harassment due to the inappropriate communication surrounding Cooper's mask mandate. The Citizen's Times refused to publish this (condensed) as a letter to the editor:
December 14, 2020
Dear Buncombe County/City of Asheville, Mayor and County Commissioner;
In regards to the implementation of Cooper’s executive order regarding masks, you have failed to properly inform and communicate the order in its entirety and in this failure, you are actively encouraging medical and religious discrimination towards people who claim health and/or religious exemptions as decreed in Cooper’s mandate.
The County, City and media has promoted this discrimination in every single sign posted which states “Wear a Mask” instead of “Wear a Mask—Unless you claim an exemption”. Your agencies have intentionally misconstrued the mandate and, in the process, have encouraged discrimination on a massive scale. You have used the threat of fines and closures (extortion) to scare small businesses into trying to force everyone to wear a mask, regardless of exemptions while big box stores, who have HR departments and know the law, allow people in with exemptions constantly. It is illegal to discriminate against someone based on medical conditions, sex, race, and religion.
Over the past 8 months, I have met many people who claim exemptions, largely because we are one of the few businesses that doesn’t currently discriminate against them. I have heard some of their stories, both of the exemptions they have and the harassment they have endured from other small business owners and Buncombe County residents. It is sickening. There are reasons these exemptions are written into the mandate and our local agencies have essentially erased them (something you do NOT have the authority to do). Here are a few of the examples of people in our community who have told me their stories as to why they can’t wear masks:
Veterans who have PTSD from gas masks. Several asthmatics who can’t get enough oxygen in masks. People with heart disorders. Several cancer survivors. Many people with anxiety. People with claustrophobia, those who have almost died from drowning and suffocation. Women who were raped and abused with the rapist’s hand over their mouth. Children who were sexually and/or physically abused and are now adults.
Will no one speak up for these people? Many of these people have literally been through hell and that is why they have exemptions. But you, the mayor, the county commissioner, and the rest of the bureaucrats aren’t exerting any effort to explain why some people can’t wear masks, let alone state that exemptions exist. You continue to post signs that neglect to mention Cooper’s exemptions and you continue to threaten small businesses and extort the businesses to threaten customers. I implore you to stop this nonsense and save the taxpayers the legal risk and expenses that go along with discrimination on such a massive level. It does not matter what case counts, hospitalizations or death rates are; the mandate calls for exemptions, so stop the discrimination.
“He who gives his freedom for safety gets none of them” – Thomas Jefferson
Yeah, I mean, no. That was actually Ben Franklin, and he said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Not out of the woods yet. Estimates based on surveys conducted by the U.S. Census between April 14 and July 5 indicate nearly 50,000 North Carolinians could work because they lack transportation #ncpolhttps://t.co/gEn0E2vl3m
— Budget & Tax Center (@ncbudgetandtax) July 19, 2021
It's a much bigger deal than people realize, and why we need public transportation everywhere, not just in metro areas.
NC tourist-economy beach towns say: Don't let off-shore wind farms spoil customers' ocean views.
Want wind turbines no closer than 24 nautical miles off shore (would kibosh much potential farm territory)
Read all about it:https://t.co/fVPo1SVy2p
by @Oaknutjohn#ncpol #ncga
— Paul Woolverton (@FO_Woolverton) July 19, 2021
I seem to recall some 35+ beach communities that voted against offshore drilling, and Pat McCrory didn't bat an eye. 24 miles is an insane requirement, and should be ignored.
“Deploying more active-duty police officers in high-crime, high-disorder communities will result in fewer crimes. Fewer crimes will mean fewer arrests & convictions. And fewer arrests & convictions will mean lower levels of incarceration.” https://t.co/Y6JnrnHa16 #ncpol #ncga
— John Hood (@JohnHoodNC) July 19, 2021
*sigh* That's some naive stuff right there, John.
House budget writers finishing up the 2021 budget. As they continue their hard and appreciated work, we ask they remember retirees. Inflation is real, here, and retirees haven't seen a reasonable COLA in years. #ncpol pic.twitter.com/jyCh11tteX
— NC Retired Governmental Employees' Association (@NCRGEA) July 19, 2021
Sorry, BergerMoore doesn't care about retirees, except for the ones who can scribble off a $5,000 check.
On that disgusting note, here's your Onion:
— The Onion (@TheOnion) July 19, 2021
Too close to the truth to be funny.