Sen. Stuart Adams and Rep. Brad Wilson, our Solons, the wise leaders of the Utah Legislature, think that merely encouraging citizens to wear masks in public rather than requiring them Is sufficient.

Why can’t they get it through their thick heads that, during a deadly pandemic, protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public is far more important than the so-called “rights” of some self-centered inconsiderate jerk to infringe on the rights of everyone else by going maskless?

It’s no wonder that Utah is among the 25 worst places on the face of the Earth for COVID-19 infections per capita. How is it that this passes for leadership in the Great State of Utah?

David Mortensen, Salt Lake City