Letter: Building a barn in days of old shows what we’re losing today

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A sign encourages face masks at City Creek shopping center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

In thinking about mask opponents who justify their position in the name of independence and freedom, I wonder if they forget that our country grew to greatness through cooperation, community and caring for each other as much, if not more, as from determined individuality. I keep thinking of stories of barn raising — neighbors from miles around came together to help a farm family build a new barn. I hate to think how long building a barn would take if one family alone carried and nailed in every board one at a time.

People cared about each other then.

People need to care about each other now as well.

Wearing a mask isn’t just about the individual wearing it, but about the community whose health is protected by caring and cooperating with one another.

Sharon Rishe, Millcreek

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