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Sound Off for Wednesday, Feb. 22: Art of the deal, Leonard Pitts and GM workers

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

On the Monterey Dam: Take out the Monterey Dam, the Centerway Dam, the Indianford Dam and make the river great again. It will be so natural and beautiful.

— Proponents of the removal of Monterey Dam claim better water quality, better water clarity, better smell in the summer. A local business owner claims better fish habitat, better access for anglers. Well, better remove Centerway Dam also to double the betters.

— Why is the city of Janesville so obsessed with tearing down Monterey Dam when taxpayer money could be used to repair the streets and bridges? Let the taxpayers decide, not the city council.

— I cross the Monterey Bridge daily and am always in awe of the beautiful setting and the width of the river along with the lagoon. It would be a travesty to destroy this great asset. Please, citizens, unite to save the dam.

On Feb. 12 story, “Journey home” about GM workers: GM workers are not just fortunate, they are blessed to be able to put together quality cars and trucks for your family and mine to travel in safety everyday. Lots of people did not weather that storm. Lots of families were broken.

— Excellent story, but I’m wondering how many families are still doing this? Not all GM employees were that close to retirement. There are plenty of families in this city who are still experiencing their spouses coming and going, while the other remains here in town raising children alone.

On President Trump’s press conference: You really should start selling pay-per-view tickets to Trump’s press conferences. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to admit that it’s not boring. Frankly, I thought Trump was pretty easy on the press, only calling them dishonest when the truth is they’re corrupt, and everybody knows it.

On the art of the deal: Mr. Trump, as you have assured the American people, you are a master when it comes to the art of the deal. How about exercising your deal-making powers with China and having a lid slammed on North Korea for once and forever? Is your statesmanship up to the challenge, or are your assurances just empty rhetoric?

On Leonard Pitts’ “Open letter to our so-called president” (Friday): The Gazette says comments have to be in good taste and not libelous, but I guess that doesn’t apply to Leonard Pitts, just the rest of us. Pitts’ letter was so filled with venom, I had to wash my hands after reading it. Also, Trump is not the so-called president. He’s the president. It was a shameful column.

— This Leonard Pitts’ article is the first article that he has put into the paper that I 100 percent agree with. He mirrored my thoughts. He said everything that was on my mind. He’s not the only one saying it—everybody is thinking that way about Trump.

On Dick Polman’s “Republicans have lost their appetite to investigate” (Thursday): When the Democrats and the media make up a false narrative about a Republican presidential candidate simply because they don’t like him politically, that’s not something the American taxpayer should be expected to fund an investigation into.

On Associated Press story about Japanese internment caps, Sunday, Page 9B: So what the AP is trying to imply is that Trump’s insisting on more extreme vetting of people coming here from countries that export terrorism is the same thing as rounding up every living Japanese in the country and putting them in cages. We need to add a “P” to AP for associated pathetic propaganda because that’s what they are.

On Milton School Board member Don Vruwink: At a January board meeting, Vruwink blamed Milton’s poor ranking on students he didn’t think should have gone to college because they weren’t college material. Those comments are very disheartening, especially coming from a veteran Milton teacher, now school board member and Wisconsin Assembly representative.

On basketball players’ hygiene: I was watching the Badger game, and I think the university would represent themselves a little bit better if, when the university gives them scholarships, the scholarships include a trip to the barbershop every once in a while so they can trim their hair properly.

On daylight saving time: If companies and businesses set their hours to 8 to 4, instead of 9 to 5—boom—instant year-round daylight saving time. The best part is no messing with our heads, our health and our happiness.

 



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