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WI lawmakers can’t continue to ignore the crisis

Scott Robert Shaw

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These are the dark days they warned of. We were told that if we all didn’t do our part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the numbers will spike, and hospitals will become overrun. And that is exactly what is happening. For a second straight day, Wisconsin set a new record number of cases and people are dying at record rates. Our doctors and nurses are exhausted. The positivity rate of those tested is skyrocketing. Most kids are still learning from home. What we’re doing, or not doing, clearly isn’t working. Too many people are gathering together and not wearing masks. This week, Governor Evers will offer a pandemic plan and call on the legislature to return to work, something they haven’t done for months. Their only plan to deal with the virus seems to be to block the plan the Governor offers. Our lawmakers need to work together and realize the urgency of this crisis. We have seen too many deaths. Wisconsin has become ground zero for the virus. Our health care professionals need a break. The time for ignoring this crisis must come to an end. Our lawmakers need to take action, and they need to do it quickly.

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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