Current refusal to follow masked mandates has demonstrated a serious flaw in the conception of liberty among many Americans.

Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of a virulent pandemic does not stigmatize any group, nor does it violate any constitutional right. Temporary emergency mask mandates for social gatherings apply to everyone during a war against a dangerously tenacious viral strain. You have the right to refuse a mask, but you do not have the right to pose a potential threat to others. Any person carrying a potentially lethal pathogen can be legally quarantined.

The right to vote and all of the liberties spelled out in the Bill of Rights and Constitution set the parameters of American liberty. One might include any action that falls under the category of "pursuit of happiness" which does not present any threat to others.

Objection to the masked mandate for school students, on the other hand, completely neglects the rights of parents and teachers to protect themselves and their families. I wonder if those who vehemently oppose the simple expedient of mask wearing would have as vigorously protested the far more intrusive war powers acts intended to defeat Japan and Nazi Germany. Once dispersed, the pretense of protecting any "freedoms" by the anti-maskers reveals mere obstructionism. They are aiding and abetting the enemy virus.

WILLIAM BERTOLETTE, PhD

adjunct professor

Baton Rouge