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Sound Off for Wednesday, July 26: Indianford Dam, landlords and prepaying for gas

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

On fixing the Indianford Dam: The comments in the July 23 Gazette are unfounded regarding the Indianford Dam. A review of the U.S. Geological Survey table shows that the lake level has risen only an inch and a half during the month of July. This shows that the Indianford Dam is working properly. What we need is three weeks of dry weather in this total watershed. That will solve the problem.

--I fish the Indianford Dam every weekend, and I don’t believe the lake district should spend any of my money to make any modifications at the Indianford Dam, the spillway or the slide gates. There is nothing wrong with those facilities.

On Janesville landlords: Maybe you should run a little something on bad tenants also because not all landlords are bad and not all tenants are bad, but the ones I had deserved every bit that they got.

--What they need to do is put restrictions on these landlords on what they can charge for rent because there’s only been a few things in The Gazette for rentals. Most of the paper is taken up by rummage sales, and there’s no use in having rummage sales when you can’t afford to rent places. We need to really get restrictions put on these landlords and bring the rent prices down.

--A tenant’s right is to move and live elsewhere, be a pain in the neck to a different landlord and to trash yet another rental. No one forces them to continue to live in a unit they hate with a landlord they despise. Tired of their whining.

On July 17 drunken-driving reports: A third offense, and the most they got was 60 days jail. It’s just another chance to let them get behind the wheel and hurt someone. We have got to do something with these laws so people do not continue to drive and get third, fourth, fifth and seventh drunken-driving offenses and still drive. This is stupid.

On Social Security: On the July 21 Opinion Page, it says Social Security is running out of money. Well, I can tell you if they would stop paying millionaires and people that already have a good income, they would have enough for the rest.

On Saturday, Page 1A story, “Spicer quits in protest”: Come on, Gazette. He didn’t quit in protest. He resigned to give President Trump a clean slate, and it was voluntary.

On Sound Off caller’s criticism of Sen. Janis Ringhand: A politician and her husband have a small mustard business. So what? Obviously the caller doesn’t know how involved Janis is up in the Capitol.

On school vouchers: As a taxpayer who is in my 60s in the Parkview School District, I would like my tax money to go to the Parkview School District. But because of the Republicans, it goes to private vouchers. What about the choice of the taxpayer having a say to where his money goes?

On proposed Beloit Turner High School referendum: Beloit Turner and Milton schools use the same survey consultant, School Perceptions, and I think Beloit Turner is wise to believe the results of the survey because Milton didn’t, and lots of time and expense was wasted, resulting in a failed referendum.

On the Milton School Board member Karen Hall: Ms. Hall, I voted for you under the ruse that you said you were going to look at all options and do what’s best for the taxpayer. Voting to have a new high school at $70 million, and whatever additional stuff they plan on doing after through Act 32 and other things, is not working for the taxpayer.

On restricting travel to North Korea: If you were planning on going to North Korea and now you can’t, perhaps you should just go to hell instead. You’d probably have a better time, and I hear the guy that runs the place is a little less evil.

On column about the Milwaukee Brewers: Hats off to Tom Miller. I really enjoyed his article on the sports page Saturday: “Brewers are in the conversation.” That was a great article, Tom.

On proposal to require prepayment for gas: I don’t understand why the Janesville Police Department is wanting to make prepayment mandatory. That’s difficult for elderly and poor people that don’t use credit cards. It just seems lazy. I don’t understand it, and I don’t think the city should pass it.



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