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Letter: This pandemic response is minority rule. Let’s pass the baton

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Demonstrators rally against the possibility of increased coronavirus restrictions outside of the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Thanks to efforts of scientists, researchers and millions of Americans, we now have facts about this new COVID virus that allow a redirection of focus and change in approach. A state of emergency no longer exists. It is time to address the truth and redirect our attention to the needs of the vast majority of Americans.

Our nation was built upon the premise that special classes would not rule the majority. Initially, special classes were identified as the rich, birth-favored or strong. However, oppression from “special classes” can be found anytime the individual resources and liberties of the majority are diverted to sustain a selected few.

Continued use of restrictions to prevent “the spread” has become a condition of minority rule. The interests of the majority, on whom this virus will have few lasting ill effects, need to be the deciding factor moving forward. Those majority interests, or rights, include the right to build immunity.

There has been an unprecedented burden placed on all of our lives for months, with significant personal suffering and a huge price tag. We have enough information now to recognize that minority and special interests — including the health care industry response — can be managed. It is time to be bold about the needs of the many. We know enough to reasonably protect the interests of the few without sacrificing the rights of the vast majority of Americans.

This journey was initially described by some as a sprint, then a marathon. However, more recently it has been described as a relay. It is time to pass the baton to a new runner, a fresh approach, and an informed and educated public. We can do this. We can — and should — be personally responsible for ourselves, our families, and those in our circle who need special consideration.

Evelyn Repman