Letters to the Editor

Mask mandate would set higher expectations

Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa residents need to “learn to live” with COVID-19 and “act responsibly.” She refuses to proclaim a mask mandate saying that it would be unenforceable. She sets our standards too low, disregarding the safety of the citizens. It reminds me of parents who allow their children to “rule the roost” within a home. It takes wisdom and energy on the parents’ part to create the environment and expectations where their children can grow up safely and with high standards and values. She is being a lazy parent to the people in Iowa.

We do not depend on automobile drivers to act responsibly (or any way they want) with no rules of the road. We have lanes on roads, stop signs and traffic lights, as well as speed limits. We have expectations which are written down and codified. After all that, we expect drivers to act responsibly within those laws. Police surely don’t begin to catch every speeder or everyone who runs a stop sign. But there is enough enforcement to nudge drivers into acting responsibly whether they want to or not, as well as social pressure and expectations from other drivers.

We need to have a mask mandate so that the expectations are set high, so that wearing one in public places is socially acceptable, and to encourage the irresponsible to act in the best interests of all of us.

Susan Wakefield

Iowa City

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