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Mask mandate could end today

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It would be better if they would just be honest about it. Members of the Wisconsin Senate voted this week to overturn Governor Tony Evers’ statewide mask mandate. Today, the Assembly could do the same. Their argument is one of principle, they say. They argue Evers does not have the authority to issue the latest extension of the mandate, because the law only allows for one executive order. Further orders must be approved by the Legislature. Their argument may be believable if the Republican-controlled Legislature actually had plans to issue its own order. They don’t. They haven’t passed a pandemic-related bill since April. They have had plenty of time to come up with their plan if, as they argue, the Governor’s plan doesn’t hold water. They should just come out and say it. They are anti-mask. This isn’t about a matter of political principle, it’s about political power. They don’t think people should have to wear masks,unless they are the ones who get to tell us to, even as we are hearing warnings of mutated strains of the virus that could lead to another spike in cases. By ending existing public protections like mask mandates, according to The New York Times, Wisconsin could double its Covid death toll with more than 5000 additional deaths in just five months. Now is the not the time to play politics with the virus, as the consequences will almost certainly be deadly.

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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  1. Jenny

    January 28, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    What a ridiculous opinion piece. Revoking the governor’s order has nothing to do with being “anti-mask”. Republicans believe in the rule of law, that dictates like this need to be LEGISLATED, not decreed by a dictator. If masks are such a great idea, they don’t have to be forced on the citizenry with threat of violence.

    Scott Robert Democ-rat is either stupid, or trying to indoctrinate you with his worldview. “They argue Evers does not have the authority to issue the latest extension of the mandate, because the law only allows for one executive order. Further orders must be approved by the Legislature. Their argument may be believable if the Republican-controlled Legislature actually had plans to issue its own order.”

    So he’s admitting the republicans are removing the mask mandate because they believe it to be unconstitutional, not that they believe masks don’t help. Then his absurd logic saying their argument would be believable if they would have legislated their own mask mandate. Having a mask mandate or not isn’t the issue. The issue is the governor exceeding his legal and constitutional authority.

  2. Adam Randolph

    February 2, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Masks are proven to NOT work. A mask mandate is ridiculous. Like people don’t have the choice over there own medical care? When has the government ever cared? They don’t, this is medical tyranny and it must end. Where are the free thinkers? What happened to America? This so called virus has a 99.7% survival rate, why are people worried? Statistics show the death rate hasn’t changed much over the last 5 years, we have been lied to people. Time to stand up!

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