• Matt Gurtler

Special Note: Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

North Georgia Friends and Neighbors, I hope you are all staying safe and healthy, and I am praying that this storm will soon pass. I want to take this opportunity to give a few words of encouragement and inspiration. This is a time for us to come together as a community even while maintaining common sense “social distancing,” as the experts advise.

Remember that liberty is not synonymous with freedom, but it is freedom coupled with morality.

This means we must make a conscious effort to take individual responsibility for ourselves and for others in this time of need. If we are irresponsible in doing so, then tyranny is only around the corner. Thankfully, our own Governor Brian Kemp is working hard to balance our liberty in the midst of this pandemic, and I believe he is doing a great job by holding back from bringing down the strong arm of government.

He has taken steps in the right direction to help educate the public for churches and business to assess the situation properly and come up with creative alternatives to serve their communities as we weather this storm.

Part of that included lifting some government regulations, such as for truck drivers and drivers licensing requirements, extending expiration at least 30 days. Further, great people in our communities are equally doing their part to try to maintain business as normally as possible, as well as offering kind gestures of humility and charity.

While many dine-in businesses are offering delivery and carry-out and other forms of businesses are finding ways for employees to work from home.

Our own Moonrise Distillery in Rabun County is using the excess alcohol in its production to convert into hand sanitizer and donating it to local emergency responders, and medical professionals who need it.

Churches are also finding ways to conduct sermons virtually like at Tiger Drive In, and teachers are doing the same and assisting parents with temporary homeschooling.

Some are even driving by waving to their beloved students, bringing a parade-like spirit of hope in a time that seems so scary. Remember that while we are all adjusting to this temporary new way of life, we are all feeling many emotions and anxieties.

In the midst of social distancing, you are not alone. I am here to assist anyone in any way I can, and I am still fighting for your liberty and keeping it at the forefront of the discussion in new government actions.

If there is anything you need, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at (706) 490-2285 or email at In Love and Liberty, Matt Gurtler

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