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Trust us, we’re the scientists

Scott Robert Shaw



Trust us, we’re the government. Confidence in government rarely runs high, but that trust seems to have reached a new low. And with good reason. Last month the Centers for Disease Control insisted that people who had had contact with people who had contracted the coronavirus didn’t need to get tested if they were not showing any symptoms. That raised alarms from scientists who wondered why the nation’s top public health agency would say such a thing during a pandemic. Health experts warned that testing the contacts of infected people is essential to keep the outbreak in check. As we are now learning, the guidance that even those who had contact with sick people not get tested was placed on the CDC’s website over the objections of agency scientists. In short, the politicians overruled the scientists, and did so without going through the traditional review process. That guidance led to unnecessary confusion and understandably makes it harder to trust the guidance from our government. It is important that the CDC be viewed as trustworthy, especially as the administration gears up for a national coronavirus vaccination campaign. We need to be able to trust what our government is telling us, especially during a pandemic, when it could be a matter of life and death. And what the government tells us is the truth needs to come from scientists, not some politicians with an agenda.

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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    September 21, 2020 at 6:19 am

    What sort of pathetic loser trusts their government? Oh yeah. Scott Robert Democrat. And he’s urging you to turn your life over to bureaucrats and politicians. What an **s!

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    September 21, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Trust in anything these days is tough. Everything seems to have an agenda behind it. What one group feels is the best for the community it is nearly guaranteed that another group feels it is the “devil’s” work. Hence here I feel the freedom of choice must preside. Even if that choice is at the cost of life (not an intentional taking of life, just to clarify). Arguments can be made that all should have to be vaccinated and for some that is something to stand again, an actual matter of life and or death is the argument on both sides. I no longer am sure where to find “true ” information. For every study there seems to be a counter study, or some studies go unchallenged for years and then we find out that the information is inaccurate or untrue. It seems we have to dig as deep as we can to figure out the who, what, why, and dollars behind every study and recommendation and then make our best educated decision. We must also allow others the freedom to do the same.
    Thank you,

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