Moe Davis: Embrace science, leaders who respect science

Moe Davis, Guest columnist
Published 6:00 a.m. ET Oct. 11, 2020

Public health experts warned for months that the coronavirus is a dangerous global pandemic that cannot be taken lightly. Unfortunately, time has proven the experts right. Over one million people worldwide have died from COVID-19. Over 210,000 American lives have been lost, including roughly 300 of our fellow Western North Carolinians.

If you haven’t abandoned science, facts and common sense, you know what you have to do: Practice social distancing. Wash your hands. And wear a mask.

I’ve said many times during this pandemic that job one for those seeking public office is not putting public health at risk. That’s why I have campaigned responsibly with masks, social distancing and limits on the number of people attending our events.

I have taken that approach since the beginning, because it is the right thing to do for the people of

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Trump doesn’t respect science, or the American people

  • The president ridiculed safety precautions, held a superspreader event, contracted COVID, was hospitalized, is now back at the White House, and the American public has no idea if he’s even been tested, much less if he’s still contagious.
  • Trump said COVID will “miraculously” disappear and rejected the reality of climate change, saying “It will start getting cooler, just you watch.”
  • He thinks basic science doesn’t apply to him and the results of his COVID tests are none of our business. That’s a threat to Americans’ lives.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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President Donald Trump has brazenly flouted even the simplest of COVID-19 safety precautions and encouraged others to do the same. On his watch, the White House became the hotspot responsible for a surge in DC-area COVID cases. 

And even after it became clear that

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Rio-Tinto has the chance to respect indigenous people and not destroy Oak Flat.

In a statement, Chairman Simon Thompson vowed the company would “never again” allow this type of destruction to take place. Rio Tinto has promised to act “in ways that are sensitive and responsive to the values and expectations of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities.”

The company has an opportunity to make good on that commitment by preventing the destruction of a site considered sacred by Indigenous people here in the United States. Rio Tinto holds controlling interest in Resolution Copper LLC, co-founded with another Anglo-Australian firm, BHP. Resolution Copper is developing a mine in southeastern Arizona to exploit one of the world’s largest-known untapped copper deposits. The copper ore lays under a tranquil, high-elevation expanse known as Oak Flat.

To the nearby San Carlos Apache Tribe, Oak Flat is holy ground. There are ancient petroglyphs on some of Oak Flat’s rock walls. In addition to evidence of shelters and cooking

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