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Letter: Herbert should issue Thanksgiving household restrictions

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Gov. Gary Herbert removes his mask before his monthly news conference at the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

The governor feels that a measure to limit our pandemic Thanksgiving to household only would not be enforceable. Would we send police to interrupt Grandpa’s second serving of turkey?

But such a policy would only be a strawman, a cheap way to scare off birds (i.e., the virus). We have other mandates that we don’t enforce, like adultery, but it’s good to assert them anyway.

The guv also feels this would invade the sanctity of parental decision-making in the home. However, we have many laws that limit what parents can do at home, including abuse or neglect of children’s health.

Also, the chief executive likely feels such an order would invade the realm of the church, which provides a particularized moral and spiritual compass for the family. But a mandate would not curb religious freedom. It would protect the lives and rights of everyone in the community to breathe and go to the church of their choice.

Kim Shinkoskey

Woods Cross