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Posted on: April 14, 2020

County Commissioners write letter to Governor Roy Cooper, concerning COVID-19

Lincoln County Commissioners write a letter to Governor Roy Cooper, concerning COVID-19 and the impact it is having on Lincoln County businesses.

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

The Honorable Roy Cooper

North Carolina Office of the Governor
20301 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0301

Dear Governor Cooper,

It is without reservation the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners commend you and your team for working tirelessly to combat COVID-19 across the state of North Carolina.

As you are keenly aware, the stay at home you issued will be expiring soon and as a result, many North Carolinians are looking forward to personally managing their personal welfare by making their own informed decisions about social distancing and protective gear to protect themselves. While it is certain COVID-19 will be present until a vaccine is developed and approved by the Federal Drug Administration, it is also undeniable our economy will continue to suffer as a result of the many restrictions that have been placed on all of us. Obviously, there is no blame on you or your team for doing what is believed to protect lives; however, the time to move forward is quickly approaching and it is strongly recommended that all North Carolina counties make their own local decisions from this point forward.

Like so many other counties across North Carolina, Lincoln County relies heavily on sales tax in order to provide the necessary services that are needed by our citizens. Article VII of the United States Constitution states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble... " In Article 1, Sec. 3 of the North Carolina State Constitution, "the people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof.. ." Clearly, the purpose of this letter is not to undervalue the importance of maintaining a healthy and vibrant North Carolina; rather, it is merely a reminder that every county will have to make some very difficult economic decisions moving forward. The longer businesses are not allowed to function or cannot operate due to restrictions, the further each county and the State of North Carolina will descend into economic chaos.

In closing, please accept this letter as an official request to allow all county governments the ultimate authority to reopen businesses, churches, and industries in their respective county. While the safety of the citizens in Lincoln County is paramount, small businesses and families are suffering and may not recover as a result of these restrictions; therefore, the act of destroying the livelihood of our citizens must come to an end. This being said, Lincoln County will continue monitoring the impacts of COVID- 19 and make the necessary adjustments; however, the survival of the people must be in the hands of the people and not the government. Franklin D. Roosevelt once said 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Again, thank you for taking the time to review our position.


Carrol D. Mitchem, Chairman

Lincoln County Board of Commissioners 704-736-8473

Board of Commisioners Letter to Governor Cooper
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