Julia Manning’s last letter to the editor makes a travesty of truth. Every point she made was not supported by any evidence or expert opinion.

She said COVID was created in a laboratory in China. The World Health Organization said this was very unlikely but has asked for a more extensive investigation. To say it is true is premature and wrong.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has done a good job of informing the public about the latest science concerning the virus. He updates his information as more data becomes available, which is what a good scientist does.

Republicans wanted the economy completely open with no mask mandates. That might have established herd immunity quicker, but it would have left millions dead in this country. Just goes to show you that Republicans and Trump worship the almighty dollar and do not value human life.

What is particularly awful about Manning’s letter is that she calls man-made climate change a scam. According to NASA, 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming and climate change. I would bet that the 3 percent who don’t believe it are being paid by the fossil fuel industry or are just trying to make a name for themselves. A true case of cui bono.

It is a relief that President Biden is finally trying to tackle climate change. We should all do our part to support this effort.


There has been no evidence that Biden was “knee-deep in corruption,” like Manning says. That is just idle gossip and speculation from Trump and alternative media. Trump was a liar from his first day in office (inauguration crowds) to his last day (denying the results of the election).

There was enough evidence that Trump colluded with Russia, and if the Senate was majority Democratic he would have been impeached. The majority Republican Senate acquitted him, but that is not proof of his innocence.

People are being misled by the alternative media and the Trump organization. Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene compared wearing a mask to the Holocaust. She has a penchant for saying crazy things, believes in Q-Anon and picks fights with liberal members of Congress. She sounds like a member of a street gang.

I would much rather believe the mainstream media than the idle gossip from the crazies on Fox, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Judith Mesko

Rocky Mount