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Despite what they told us, the switch has been flipped

Scott Robert Shaw



They said all along that reopening our economy would be more like turning up the dimmer than flipping a switch. So much for that. The Supreme Court ruling last week that the extension of Wisconsin’s safer-at-home order was unlawful left the state with no rules to keep us safe from the coronavirus. And with that ruling, the switch was immediately flipped on. Within less than an hour after the ruling, some Wisconsin bars threw open their doors, and the customers poured in. Some had every table full, with groups of people standing together, not six feet apart, not wearing masks. Those who brought the lawsuit wanted the court to provide six days for the Governor and the Legislature to work together on adopting some statewide guidelines for how businesses could safely operate as the pandemic continues. That didn’t happen, and now even the legality of local safer-at-home orders such as those in Dane and Milwaukee counties, is being called into question. After the court’s ruling, legislative leaders and the Governor met to discuss a statewide plan, but later abandoned the effort entirely. As a result, we have no rules, no more social distancing. Our politicians seem to think the pandemic is over, but the scientists say otherwise. If I have to choose whose advice to follow, I’m going with the scientists. I hope you’ll join me, and stay safe.

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Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Colleen LeBlanc

    May 19, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Agreed! I’m afraid our numbers will reflect what scientists say and not what people WANT to happen.

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    Joe Stammeyer

    May 19, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I can not rely on government regulations to keep me and my family safe. We’ve seen the “government” fail at health care so many times. So, do what you need to be sure you feel safe. That is what should have been advised all along. Trying to play enforcer in everyone’s life and regulate all the small businesses out of existence was not a good plan.Sorry if you feel it is the governments job. This is not something like a war where you can see your enemy. This one travels silently and unseen and will not be stopped by regulation.

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