Letter: With freedom comes responsibility

(John Minchillo | AP file photo) People wearing masks wait in line for food donations Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect.”

To wear a mask is the responsible and mature thing to do. Wearing a mask is not for yourself — it is for others. It is for your mother, father, wife, husband, your children. It is for your grandmother and grandfather, and by not complying, you are displaying your immaturity and refusal to carry your own weight. Without a mask, you are showing your lack of common sense and/or sound judgement. You are telling me you don’t care about those you love and who love you.

This immature, childlike behavior and attitude is encouraged and supported by Donald Trump. But Trump certainly shows little intelligence or common sense when it comes to… well, absolutely anything. My preschool grandchildren understand that there are germs that are causing grandparents to get sick. Even at their tender age, they understand that wearing a mask will help. Trump has been warned by advisers that wearing a mask can help others, but he is too vain to do so. Rather than making him look bad behind the Resolute Desk, wearing a mask might be the one thing that makes him look intelligent and show that he cares about someone other than himself. Trump is that person Elanor Roosevelt warned us about — “the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight.” This is someone who claims total power, but zero responsibility.

And I’d rather look bad or however I look wearing a mask than how I, or someone else may look, lying in a casket.

Judy Hinckley, Salt Lake City

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