Attending the county commissioners meeting Aug. 17 was the most encouraging experience I have had in the last decade. The hope I felt when I left the meeting was because I met people form “the other” party who were on exactly the same page in their knowledge and understanding regarding the scientifically proven inability of facial masks to protect against respiratory viruses. The women I met were smart and kind.

There are many issues facing the country and the county on which we agree. On those that we don’t, I feel confident that they will be gracious and listen to my concerns, just as I will their’s. Iron sharpening iron to refine and build a better county. The hatred and violence we have all witness on the news is not us. We can and will work together. I am looking forward to it!

Maggie Vilott


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“Proven scientific inability.” If masks are proven to not work against respiratory viruses, why has it been standard protocol amongst healthcare workers for decades? Why was there only one(!) reported pediatric influenza death over the last year when masks were widely worn in school and amongst the general public? Here’s an aggregation of 49 different studies proving the efficacy of masks against COVID; 41 of them are peer-reviewed:


I can only guess that this is further misunderstanding surrounding Michael Osterholm’s conclusion that KN95 and N95 masks are much more effective than cloth coverings at reducing COVID spread: We can thank a variety of bad faith actors from Rand Paul to Glenn Greenwald 

for making this so difficult.

Apparently this is the hill some folks are literally going to die on. This is absolutely not a bipartisan victory concerning masks or moving forward together. This is a rejection of critical thinking, an embrace of willful ignorance, and total disregard for nuance or truth. These minds are victims of Facebook, Twitter, and Fox News.

I hope the Watauga Democrat understands that by publishing opinions that incorrectly claim to state scientific consensus, it only serves to reinforce COVID disinformation campaigns. Before I am accused of being an Authoritarian Leftist who wants to censor any differing opinions: the WD already thoroughly curates their content; this is not an unfiltered public square. WD made the decision to put this in front of as many eyes as possible.

These are lies that are actually getting people killed.


Don't forget that the WD is owned by billionaire conservatives, they think it's not in their best interests to scrub this kind of content.

The WD is faaaar more concerned over bad language (of which they take a insanely puritan view) even preventing the use of terms which describe a historically fascist, genocidal political party that rhymes with Yahtzee, as well as the perfectly legitimate job title used by those that engage in acts of domination over their consenting (and paying!) clients.

It's truly pathetic.


The “most encouraging experience” the author has had in “the last decade” lies in a supposed bipartisan belief that face masks don’t protect against respiratory viruses? This may be the most disheartening thing I’ve read in the last…12 hours.


My thoughts exactly.

Carl Sagan 100% called it in his last book, "The Demon-Haunted World":

"Science is more than a body of knowledge; it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time—when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness."

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