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Letter: Our leaders don’t have the courage to stand up to the uninformed

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) "There is no way the Legislature is going to approve a mask mandate at this stage," Gov. Spencer J. Cox said on Tuesday, during his administration's update on the ongoing pandemic, Aug. 31, 2021 at the Capitol.

Covid has taught us many things during the past couple of years, like the value of masks, vaccinations and social distancing in dealing with a worldwide pandemic.

But one of the most obvious lessons we have learned is that our leadership absolutely lacks courage. All it takes for them to reject science and best practices is a few loud and largely uninformed voices at a public meeting. School boards, country councils and even our own legislature cave to these voices and instead debate what level of crippling illness and even death among our children is acceptable.

Hey folks. This ain’t hard! If kids are dying and we can prevent or minimize it, we are absolutely derelict in our responsibilities if we don’t take the appropriate actions. And I’m not talking about injecting bleach or taking animal dewormers, or the myriad of other asinine actions as pushed by the (already vaccinated) talking heads on Faux “News.”

I’m talking about the measures we took to eliminate and/or minimize diseases such as smallpox and polio. And, if you as leaders don’t have the courage to stand up to the screaming of those whose research ends at social media sites, might I suggest you look for another calling that doesn’t require courage -- something like assembling widgets. At least then, you won’t be victimizing America’s children.

Dennis R. Edmonds, Sandy

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