Sound Off for Sunday, March 26: Civil liberties, a new columnist and Monterey Dam

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Gazette staff
Sunday, March 26, 2017

Edgerton students collecting pennies for Holocaust fundraiser: I was so impressed by this innovative and compassionate way the Edgerton students are learning about history. It's just wonderful, and it brought a tear to my eye.

On Janesville resident's offer to help pay for fixing Monterey Dam: I just want to say a big thank you to Gary Schultz for his generous donation toward repairing the dam. I think it's worth it and just so appreciative of that. We need more like him in our community.

— I agree with Mr. Schultz in regard to Project 16:49. When one doesn't get recognition through a thank you note, it discourages one from giving. It would have been a good teaching tool experience for Project 16:49 members. Thank you, Mr. Schultz, for considering the $200,000 for the dam.

On the Monterey lagoon: A long time ago—we're talking extreme draught in the '80s and '90s when Monterey lagoon was so low—I saw at least three toxic waste barrels in that lagoon. However, I do not know if they were ever cleaned out.

On city of Janesville's chain of command: This is about the dust-up with the city council and the members. Why is it so difficult for some to understand that no member of the city council as an individual is the boss of the city manager? It is the council acting as a body that is the boss.

On civil liberties: Whenever the Janesville police have the most innocent contact with someone, they ask for all their identity details so they can run them, and that's called a fishing expedition. Even when they don't have probable cause to believe they have done anything wrong, they're still casting this wide net. I think if you check with the ACLU, you would find that is improper police practice.

On new Opinion Page columnist R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.: I was once led to believe that space in a newspaper is valuable because newsprint costs money and many of events, ideas and opinions compete for coverage in the paper. Why then does The Gazette waste valuable column inches on the elitist, mean-spirited ramblings of R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., editor of The American Spectator?

On Tuesday's Page 1A story, “Giving it a shot”: I thought The Gazette was anti-gun. Why would you give a machine gun dealer free space on the front page?

— This is not what we need on the front page of our newspaper. Oh, we have a new gun store that sells assault rifles and silencers. There's got to be something better to put in the newspaper. That was the best advertisement The Gazette could have given that guy.

— Monday's front page had a beautiful, uplifting story. Made us feel good for once. Tuesday, there's a whole page of dangerous guns and how fast they can kill people. You should be ashamed.

On gun safety: The National Safety Board just released its latest accidental gun deaths, and it turns out it is the lowest since we've been keeping records in 1903. We have the most guns we've ever had. There's nearly one gun for every man, woman and child, and yet lowest deaths in recorded history by accident. I guess liberals are wrong again.

On educating Congress: Congress needs a reality check. They voted themselves a high salary, excellent insurance and a fat pension. I say we freeze their bank accounts and have them live on $7.25 an hour. Let's see how they can pay for rent, eating, insurance, utilities, school clothes and then save for retirement and emergencies.

On CEO pay: I can understand why people are complaining about Mercy Health CEO Javon Bea's pay because the hospital is a nonprofit organization, and obviously he's making a profit at $8 million a year. However, do not compare him with Phil Woodman and/or Jane Blain Gilbertson because a grocery store and Farm & Fleet are in business to make a profit. If you think you can run a business without making a profit, you've got another thing coming.

— I disagree with the Wednesday Sound Off caller's opinion that Javon Bea's pay is nobody's business. Mr. Bea gets paid from Mercy Health that accepts government subsidies like Medicare, which is funded by employee payroll deductions or self-employment tax. So I say it is our business what health care CEOs are paid.

On veterans: Bravo to all the veterans out there. Let's help the vets get private sector jobs after serving. Let's give them free psychological counseling and make it mandatory when they return to us. Let's have no records of the psychology counseling. There are so many suicides in PTSD. Let's change all that.


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