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Government fails the coronavirus test

Scott Robert Shaw



Clearly, we can’t count on our politicians to keep us safe during a pandemic. President Donald Trump made clear early on that the federal government would not be taking the lead on America’s response to the coronavirus. Instead, he chose to leave that up to each Governor to decide how best to respond in their state. But in some states, like Wisconsin, when the Governor instituted a plan to keep citizens safe, he was hamstrung in his efforts. The state Supreme Court ruled that the extension of Wisconsin’s safer-at-home order was unlawful, and then threw it out. Legislative leaders claimed they wanted to work with the Governor on a statewide plan, before punting on that idea. That has left the state with no consistent rules about being around large crowds of people, traveling or whether businesses should reopen. As a result, we have a patchwork of policies, with some businesses throwing their doors open immediately after the court’s ruling. Other businesses are still closed, as they determine their future plans. Some counties have adopted their own restrictions, while others, like La Crosse county, have not. The answer to the worst health crisis in our lifetimes, at both the federal and state level, seems to be, “You guys figure it out.” If its up to us to make our own rules, then what do we need these politicians for anyway?

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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    May 21, 2020 at 5:42 am

    So we live in a free country. This means we abide by basic laws of decency. The president can’t do anything and not get called out by the media. Trump did a travel ban and that was too extreme. Weeks later that wasn’t enough. America is a collection of states some with a large population some with smaller population. We cant all just stay home and cower in fear waiting for the liberals to tell us every minute millions are going to die. We want to live our lives. I personally dont want to live my life in fear. If you are worried about this virus stay home and isolate yourself but don’t make everyone feel trapped at home. If you want a government to tell you exactly what to do go live in a country that will provide everything for you. There are plenty as for me I will continue to love America because of the freedoms I have.

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    Michael Kopski

    May 21, 2020 at 6:45 am

    Thats a croc, as soon as the president took the reings there was a backlash against him from the left telling him to stay out of states business, then he was blamed for the lack of some states downfalls in not having PPE, and ventalators. Then he providsd what was needed.

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