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Heim worries about mask-wearing being partisan

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A well-known political watcher in La Crosse says it’s ‘sad’ that wearing face masks during the pandemic has become a partisan issue. 

Political scientist Joe Heim says some countries in Europe and Asia have been able to control the coronavirus with rules such as mandatory mask-wearing, because there’s more government control of everything. 

Meanwhile, many Americans don’t want the government requiring them to wear masks. 

Heim tells WIZM the difference in government approaches here has made response to the virus too slow.

He says President Trump wants the states to deal with it, but “that is one of the reasons this has dragged out as long as it has, ’cause each state seems to do things differently. Some have worked better than some of the others, it’s unfortunate. We still have time.”    

Heim says doctors will tell people that they don’t have to wear masks all the time, especially if they’re outdoors.  

La Crosse County is recommending mask usage in most places.   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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