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Coming for a state epidemiologist isn’t activism, it’s contemptuous

Angela Dunn has worked tirelessly during the pandemic to protect the people of Utah

Yukai Peng, Deseret News

Utahns are better than this.

The people who spread Dr. Angela Dunn’s home address on social media, and the protesters who showed up at her house this week to harass and intimidate her, displayed the lowest of contemptible human behavior under the guise of activism.

Dunn is Utah’s state epidemiologist. She has worked tirelessly during the pandemic to protect the people of Utah and the many health care workers who, at present, are exhausted and struggling to do their jobs as hospitals fill to capacity.

She is not an elected official. Her home is not public property. She has no power to impose or relinquish any mask mandate.

And yet people who claim no one is listening to their misguided opposition to masks felt they were justified in showing up at Dunn’s home in an attempt to frighten her.

When the pandemic is past and the history books are written, these folks will be footnotes to the cruelties some people demonstrated against public servants who worked so hard, despite the uncertainties of a new virus, to protect the lives of others.

In contrast to these thoughtless few, Dunn’s neighbors, who also came out in force, turned on sprinklers and parked their cars on curbs near Dunn’s house, should be commended.

They are better examples of Utah’s spirit of community and well-being.

Activism, protests and disagreements have their place, but that place is not in front of the home of the state epidemiologist.