Beaufort, N.C.

April 2, 2020    

TO THE EDITOR:

There seems to be gross lack of common sense in the action taken by local officials in Beaufort in an effort to control entrance into the city. Turner St. and Live Oak St. are closed at the city limits, but Hwy 101 is left open with no control over who comes in, which only serves to make everyone travel further to get to grocery store, pharmacy, doctors’ offices, etc. Which causes everyone to spend more time on the road, which gives more chances for an accident and costs more gas for the people who can least afford it.   

This closure does absolutely nothing to control the spread of the coronavirus; it only puts lives in more danger. Have they even considered what would happen if there was another downtown fire like the Spouter fire last year and help was needed from Morehead City Fire Dept. and they had to take five minutes or more probably to respond? Or a house fire in Shell Landing and it took the fire and rescue five or more minutes extra to respond, when lives could be lost. Sometimes common sense has to take precedence over doing something just so you can say you are doing something. I have made numerous attempts to contact the city manager and the mayor with no response. I can only assume they have no concern for anyone who can’t vote in the city election or they have no sensible explanation.

DALTON PIERCE

Editor’s note: Since this letter was submitted, there has been an update. Turner Street will open to Beaufort residents as a checkpoint next week.

(35) comments

CARTERETISCORRUPT

This is a media, anecdotal driven group think hysterical event. The math doesn't support this action. However it does reveal the critical thinking capability of our leaders.

Mervin

No such thing as common sence anymore,especially in government. Exception of Trump.

Bear26Actual

Amen

DeadBolt

FROM NYC ICU: DOES COVID-19 REALLY CAUSE ARDS [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=k9GYTc53r2o&feature=emb_logo ] This fella is in the middle of this mess, interesting. hmmmmmmmm

DeadBolt

This was also interesting. [ https://thinkingcriticalcare.com/2020/03/28/covid-clinical-discussion-w-cameron-kyle-sidell-nyc-ed-icu-doc-in-the-trenches-foamed/ ] Just a 19 min listener. This ER Dr in NYC , treating patients is getting close to the TRUTH, but, you can listen.

Blingswinger

Its says Turner st will now be open... yes but they are closing all others and now claiming they are placing armed police to ID every person who enters and refuse people entry. I suspect the mayor is going to arrest a lot of people unconstitutionally. Can we sue the mayor and does qualified annuity apply to him?

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Immunity does not apply to a local government official. Yes, he can be sued and should. The restrictions are not supported by the facts. The real laughable thing is that you have to have identification to enter Beaufort, but not to vote. It seems that integrity in voting is less important than voting. In this case, poor voting resulted in the local government we have.

Sagacity

Trump has declared himself a war time president and then told all 50 states that they’re on their own. There is no plan. No national plan. None. Nothing. It’s left to 50 states and local governments to fend for themselves. Trump dissolved the office that was tasked with responding to emerging pandemic threats. It was created after the Ebola outbreak during the Obama administration. We could sure have used that now.

If there is a case that occurs in a cloistered Beaufort I pray that the Health Department has the staff to isolate the person(s), notify contacts and put out a hot spot. Waiting for a fire to blaze out of control and then realizing you only have a fire extinguisher to fight a conflagration is beyond irresponsible. This is real folks.

DeadBolt

This is a FAKE power grab by Democrat Do Nothings. They simply have turned commie, but, if they think they had a plan, i have to tell you, and them, plans fall apart when you get punched in the mouth. Sorry SNOWFLAKES. [cool]

Livin in Paradise

Sorry but which party is in charge ??

dc

NY/NYC, CA & all the others did it all on their own right? Even Newsom & his ilk have given Trump credit. If the CDC & FDA is what you're depending on in a pandemic you might want to take another look at things. Was Ebola a worldwide pandemic? How about Swine Flu or the regular flu? Anybody want to investigate? After GW got burned by the usual bureaucracy especially Intel he foresaw a time when the "unforeseen" might happen again. That commission he, Congress or somebody appointed did what besides create DHS & more bureaucracy & pass out medals to those intel bureaucrats especially the upper echelon who failed us then & continue to do so. Now you have the usual Trump haters investigating what? Radical Islam was the problem back then but BC & ilk said it was a LE problem. Islamic radicals including countries like Iran was & still is a problem. Now you have the real problem Communist China & supporters which includes the Left which of course are the Ds saying the president is the problem. It doesn't get any crazier.

David Collins

Total isolation totally works . Total isolation is not practical if for no other reason than people gotta eat . The grocery store’s delivery driver could be carrying the virus . Bam , the next thing we have are infected store employees followed by infected customers and on and on . Shutting down the town is symbolic and says “ I tried “ . That’s all . How many police officers does the town have working at any given time ?

Just wondering why Sagacity isn’t our president and what would he do different ? Throwing more bloated , wasteful government agencies at a problem won’t solve a thing .

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Symbolism gets tyrants elected; or in newtons case, maybe re-elected. Let us hope that isn't the case. There is a lot of symbolism in Beaufort and Carteret; little substance.

Sagacity

Wow. Total Trumplican deniers. What would you suggest should have been done? Do nothing? I guess that’s pretty much what Trump did until he couldn’t deny it any longer. I had some experience with disaster management before I retired. It’s imperative to try to get ahead of curve. Trump was warned and he poo-pooed it. He had 8 rallies and played golf 6 times during those crucial several months before it exploded on our shores. It is unconscionable to not have a command center in a disaster. It is criminal to not mobilize your assets when you know the “enemy” is at your door. There should have been a central federal command center with tentacles to command centers in all 50 states. Excellent communication and coordination the goal. Do what S. Korea did. Aggressive tracking, identifying contacts and putting out brush fires. Their economy had to slow down but not go into lockdown like ours. Even when it was upon us Trump wanted the churches filled next week, for Easter. He has cemented his legacy as the worst president in modern history if not the entire history of the US.

A question for you...what do you think the right response to this pandemic should have been? Can you imagine FDR after Pearl Harbor telling California that the Pacific fleet was all but destroyed and the Japanese could almost walk in...good luck to you? A leader leads. Trump is all about Trump. The same as he’s been his whole sorry life.

I hope this virus doesn’t take any of you or your families. The US failed. The richest nation on earth “led” by a malignant narcissist...wrong man, wrong place,

wrong time.

Talk sense to me, not BS. And tell me if you’d be spouting this stuff if a Democratic president had failed like Trump.

David Collins

While Newsom and other D’s are giving Trump credit I would take that with a heaping helping of salt . After all , a tremendous amount of money and resources are being handed out and they do not wish to miss out on their share . They will surely return to their roots when the gravy train dries up .

Livin in Paradise

They actually have to do that. Without some "sucking up", they would get nothing.

Sagacity

Social distancing...please look up what happened in 1918 in Philadelphia vs St. Louis.

It’s an easy google search. Social distancing works.

BTW, call me a commie or a snowflake or whatever childish name you like. It says a lot about you, not me. Let’s talk facts, even when truth hurts. This is a very contagious respiratory virus that can infect a person without symptoms on one extreme and kill a person on the other. Do you know where on the spectrum you are? None of us do.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

The statistics don't support this being a deadly virus compared to other death causes. Falls, homicide, car wrecks, suicides far exceed this virus; as well as common respiratory diseases. The math isn't on your side.

DeadBolt

I'd like to see a death certificate with covid-19 on it as the cause, so, you can black out the sensitive info, and show me the money. [yawn] ps. Trump Denier? What exactly is that , the facts that he's YOUR PRESIDENT, probably for the next 8 years, as i have spoken to folks who want to actually give him an additional 4 year term free of charge, so , after all the leftie commie folks who sprung up recently, we would like them to feel like commie home, and that means that TRUMP RULES FOREVER, ok, live long and prosper. [thumbup]

David Collins

My , my , we do get spun up these days . How many more federal agencies do we need ? We have FEMA plus a Space Force and a host of alphabet agencies that all missed it . The problem with diseases is that you don’t know that they are disasters until they become one . So much information on #19 was contained by China that it was entrenched and already spread around the world well before made public . Think China’s belt and road initiative . Infected Chinese workers employed world wide by more than willing countries unknowingly sewing the seeds of this pandemic . The long incubation period allowing more and more undetected cases to mount up and spread even further with each passing day . This was something totally new and sinister . Sort of like a perfect storm for diseases . Could not have been better planned even if it was planned . Twilight zone-ish .

dc

This is about Intel failures & protecting our land, air & sea borders. If he was warned by Intel did Shiff, Nunes, their Intel committee along with Senate Intel know about it? How about protecting all our borders? It would be nice if the president had some willing partners in protecting our borders. Setting up command centers after the fact is a little late to the game. That said it looks like Pence & team has done a reasonably decent job even without your help.

Livin in Paradise

Congress can recommend but not lead. That's the job of the President

Sagacity

There were no intel failures. There was a wholesale disregard for the intel by Trump. Nunes railed against closing schools. Schumer tried to sound the alarm during impeachment. We have a narcissist who has not surrounded himself with expertise (except Fauci and Brix) but is surrounded by sycophants who are obligated to praise his ignorance.

Think about this...if you do think...

“The really dangerous American fascist...is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in a GermanPrussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or power...they claim to be super patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution. They demand free enterprise, but are the spokesmen for monopoly and vested interest. Their final objective, toward which all their deceit is directed, is to capture the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, that they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.”

NYT April 9, 1944. Henry Wallace. (He was a VP among a long list of other government positions)

DeadBolt

Show me the money! [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiAHSDJRnTM ] For all the NEVER TRUMPERS/ ORANGE MAN BAD folks! [yawn]

dc

What was the alarm? Intel 6 ways from Sunday? How many freedoms have you lost since he became president? No Intel failures? What joke. Intel failures go back forever including some recent ones that you missed. Nearest thing to dictator in recent times is the crew previous to this crew & there were plenty left over from previous crew. He hasn't had enough time to weed that previous crew who think they need to carrying on a shadow govt. Nearest thing to fascists are the crowd that wouldn't & still don't accept his election. Fortunately, you & yours didn't win.

David Collins

I totally agree with you , Sagacity . You have accurately described today’s Democratic Party And their bunk mates the mainstream media . We all see things through different eyes . Don’t we ?

dc

Navarro was & is evidently ahead of Intel & many others. His high end estimates hopefully were way too high but they were in line with others. Better to be wrong in the right way in a pandemic. He's also done an excellent job as trade negotiator. The president listens to him & many others before deciding. Most obviously want to get the economy back & they will but need to be careful not to discharge the patient too early.

dc

Sure am glad the conservatives got Wallace off the D ticket when they did & replaced him with Truman otherwise we'd be owned by Japan today. Probably be called the land of Wallace Progressive Idiots.

JusticeForAll

It is really quite simple...“Perception modifies reality…” – Christopher Hitchens

dc

Was he drunk?

JusticeForAll

What a lovely Christian thing to say.

dc

Think he was a atheist who liked his sauce.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Now we are seeing the model that was used to base this panic on is wrong. Imagine that.

JusticeForAll

Oops...the light at the end of the tunnel is solar powered and they forgot to install the sky lights.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

Stopping a vehicle without reasonable suspicion of a crime being committed is not lawful. These checkpoints are not lawful, and constitute a traffic vehicle stop.

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