As a Catholic and health-care provider, I am disturbed by the May 10 protests at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, where no social distancing or masks were used.
Millions of people are eager to return to worship, but are willing to wait until the COVID-19 guidelines indicate when and how it is safe to do so.
Social distancing is the most effective barrier to spread of the virus, but it is also consistent with Christ's teachings to care for the vulnerable, honor our neighbors, practice charity and live with humility.
In a pandemic, our individual rights need to be tempered with a pro-life willingness to protect the health and lives of others. I urge these protesters to re-examine their position and to follow the safer-at-home public health guidelines.
Does anyone really need to point out the irony (to put it kindly) of the Wisconsin Supreme Court electronically hearing arguments and issuing a ruling to kill Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order?
The justices who voted to overturn the order -- Roggensack, Rebecca Bradley, Kelly and Ziegler -- stayed at home, or at least someplace safe, to do their work.
In essence they said, “We’re going to be careful about this pandemic, but we don’t care if you guys are at risk. It’s “Tyranny” – Justice Rebecca Bradley’s word - if the state tries to keep you safe.” Twisted right-wing thinking.
The Republican Legislature in April sued the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and its head, Andrea Palm, claiming that Palm and the Department overreached by issuing the order. However, the law that empowers the Department says it “may close schools and forbid public gatherings in schools, churches and other places to control outbreaks and epidemics.” Overreach?
Justices Anne Walsh Bradley and Dallet were joined by conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn in dissent.
Justice Hagedorn, though conservative, admirably hewed not to party line, but to what he saw as the logic of the matter. He said “The Legislature may have buyer’s remorse for the breadth of discretion it gave to (the Department), but those are the laws it drafted…We are allowing the Legislature to argue its own laws are unconstitutional.”
Sure, people are suffering by being out of work, but we can’t fix that by sending them into the jaws of a pandemic.
We regularly see more information showing the Chinese developed and spread coronavirus as a biological weapon and we are told we are at war with the virus.
If we were in a shooting war we would send our young people to die and many to be wounded. In this war, the casualties are mostly elderly but we act as if no one should ever die.
Since the last major flu outbreak, we have killed some 400,000 on our highways plus millions of injuries but we keep driving.
It's past time to open the country or we face losing it. I am 89 and have no fear I will be taken by the virus. If it happens it's no great loss to the country.
Something is going to get me and many of the deaths so far have involved contributing health factors. Anthony Fauci is a doctor, his interests are disease and death. He does not factor the entire economy in his pronouncements while President Donald Trump must deal with the broad picture.
He is far more committed to the health of our country than anyone else. We must get behind him and open up.
During the past several weeks, we have seen two dangerous trends. First, virus denial and minimizing, which appear to result from politicizing a national and world tragedy. Second, we are seeing blaming and conspiracy theories.
As to blaming, a question illustrates the foolishness: Do we blame the Congolese for Ebola? Blaming the Chinese distracts from the importance of focussing on treatment and cures. I cannot fathom the thinking that China started the virus on purpose, but it has resulted in hate attacks on on Chinese-Americans, as well as other ethnic hate crimes.
Denial and minimizing only hinder the fight against the virus. It is another form of the attacks on science.
Despite the continued spreading and increase in deaths, a rush to opening the economy is likely to cause increased suffering and "second wave."
It is overly simplistic, for instance, to think that we can open businesses in La Crosse when Winona has 70 cases and 15 deaths.
Cool heads and facts must guide us through these tough times.
With the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling and the lack of direction from the GOP-controlled Legislature, we are in a limbo period with regards to safely reopening businesses.
In the meantime, the Tavern League has mentioned that it believes businesses should follow the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. guidelines to opening, but there is currently nothing enforcing this.
Kristine Hillmer, president of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, has suggested that counties are able to enforce business closures if they would like to. She also asserted that businesses who can be traced back to an outbreak would not be immune to a lawsuit.
Given that Wisconsin does not meet even the White House's criteria for reopening, we need to make sure that some steps are taken to prevent unnecessary disease spread.
At the minimum, I would call on the county to enforce the WEDC guidelines, some of which include protecting vulnerable employees, making PPE available and educating customers on risk reduction.
The last thing we need is to see outbreaks in our area followed by businesses facing lawsuits when we can do our best to keep people safe.
Area residents protested Gov. Tony Evers' resistance to removing the stay-at-home order for economic purposes. Catholics protested the La Crosse Diocese decision to keep its doors closed due to the coronavirus.
I want to thank those in the community for abiding by the order. We have many rights, and I respect those rights. However, I don’t agree with the protests taking place. Whether it’s re-opening communities for economic purposes or opening church doors.
I sincerely empathize with everyone and the difficulties the coronavirus has caused. I emphasize the coronavirus causing the difficulties, not the governor. It’s not easy and people are suffering major hardships.
We cannot ignore the severity the coronavirus has had on those who have suffered physically and mentally. The sheer number of those who have been infected, the lives lost and the friends and families in mourning. The number of people infected and lost will continue to grow. The complications, individually and in communities, will grow.
Our Constitution not only gives us such rights as freedom, pursuit of happiness, speech and protesting, or carrying firearms. It also gives us the right to life.
People not abiding by the governor’s order will exacerbate the situation and increase the number infected, lost and affected by coronavirus otherwise. You are the people violating my constitutional right to life.
Thank you, Gov. Evers, for being intelligent, sensible and believing in our medical professionals.