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Governor asking Wisconsin to stay safe, apparently too much for some

Scott Robert Shaw

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When a friend is preparing to travel, we urge them to have a safe trip. When someone sneezes, we say God bless you. Simple things, but a sign that we wish no harm on our friends and loved ones. It is human nature. At least for most people. Yet some in Wisconsin are upset that Gov. Tony Evers is urging people across the state to stay safe from the coronavirus. The Governor delivered an address this week urging people to stay safe, with practices like continued social distancing, mask wearing and generally staying home. Cancel happy hours, dinner parties, sleepovers and play dates, he urged. He called on businesses to reduce the spread by preventing workplace exposure. He warned that if we don’t work to reduce the trajectory of the spread of the coronavirus, the number of deaths in the state, more than 2,400, could double by the first of the year. But the Governor’s cautions were met with immediate criticism from one Wisconsin state representative. Rep. Duey Stroebel called the Governor’s comments “fear mongering,” saying Wisconsin “doesn’t need to run and hide.” Keep in mind, the Governor’s order to stay safe carries no enforcement. It is simply a call to protect one another. But even as Covid sets new records seemingly every day, that seems too much for some to take.

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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    Danny Ho

    November 12, 2020 at 10:14 am

    I know the governor is just trying to do his job but why doesn’t he put the Republicans on the hot seat and start asking them what we should do to stop the spread. I am sure a lot of us are sick and tired of hearing the governor’s attempted brought up to judges. Where is the Republicans plan? Where is their response? Step up or shut up, that’s my opinion.

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      Robert N

      November 12, 2020 at 1:44 pm

      People are complaining about the Republicans wanting to open the state up for business however already this has crossed the state valuable jobs and businesses for something that isn’t even as deadly as the common flu if Wisconsin shut down for every flu type thing we wouldn’t have an economy we’d all be sitting on our tail at home hiding behind doors
      How many people have died in that same time from car accidents or other things just plain stupidity doing something that they shouldn’t have been doing but do urge people not to drive go anywhere maybe revert horses but then again if you did that people that didn’t know how to ride horses would get bucked off and end up in the hospital so maybe it’s just safer if we walk oh but wait a minute there could be a pothole or something falling off of a building strike that person in the head maybe we should all wear hard hats and Kevlar jackets and all kinds of pads just to go out to the grocery store come on people it’s ridiculous nobody knows when their last day is coming people die everyday of cancer car accidents stupidity murder this is just one other thing that man has manufactured and unfortunately it was paid for by previous administration of our federal government at least in part in closing use some common sense before opening your mouth about shutting down businesses and ruining people’s livelihoods

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    Michael Jacob

    November 12, 2020 at 11:05 am

    It’s not the government’s function to guarantee health safety. (If it were, we’d see it addressed in the state or federal constitutions that form and limit our government.) It’s also not Tony Evers’ intent to simply “wish people good health”, evidence his prior unconstitutional forays into authoritarian lockdowns.

    Requiring government to somehow come up with a plan to “keep us safe” from a virus is like expecting a fish to win the Tour de France.

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