Opinion: The governor has chosen politics over health
How could Gov. Spencer Cox possibly think that not mandating masks in, of all places, government offices, wouldn’t be the reasonable thing to do considering the health crisis we are experiencing?
When Gov. Spencer Cox was first elected to office, I was so pleased to see that he respected the science of health and worked to combat our COVID crisis.
However, as the months of this pandemic have continued, our number of cases has heightened and Utah has been among the top five states for high COVID transmission several times. He has chosen politics over health. I am confused and saddened with his change of heart and letting this become a political issue versus a health Issue.
Haven’t we learned from the past that mandated safety and health measures save lives? Seatbelt laws, school vaccination requirements, age restrictions for purchasing alcohol and tobacco are just a few mandated measures that have served that purpose. Polio was not politicized but eradicated. Is that not what we want for the COVID virus?
Where is the freedom for those who are dying? Where is the freedom for those who have complied with health and vaccination recommendations? Freedom of choice in a public heath situation does not mean you are free. The consequences don’t affect an individual but a community.
How could Cox possibly think that not mandating masks in, of all places, government offices, wouldn’t be the reasonable thing to do considering the health crisis we are experiencing?
Ronda Miller Ernest