Reading about Commissioner Jay Block’s speech in [Jan. 19] Observer, I was heartened to hear of his disgust and impatience with the misinformation and disinformation that’s disrupting our country now. I agree with some of his examples. However, in his citing the confusion surrounding wearing a COVID mask, aren’t there just three questions people should ask themselves? 1. Does wearing a mask hurt anyone? 2. Does not wearing a mask hurt anyone? And 3. Does the fact that wearing one is uncomfortable justify endangering other people’s lives? Answers to those should leave no confusion. It is Commissioner Block’s omission that stuns me. I don’t know if he agrees with Donald Trump that Joe Biden stole the 2020 election. If Block disagrees, how could he omit that falsehood? If he agrees, then as an American citizen and honestly elected public official, he should take his evidence to the nearly 60 state judges and all nine Supreme Court Justices because they have all ruled that there is insufficient evidence to support Trump’s claim. Isn’t it beyond time to take the life out of this preposterous lie and all the misinformation and disinformation that it has spawned? I do appreciate the time, thought and effort that Commissioner Block has devoted to his elected office. It’s gratifying to hear how deeply he respects the lives and needs of the public.

Mitzi Condit

Rio Rancho