Sound Off for Sunday, Sept. 3: Harvey, drag queens and crossing guards
On Aug. 26 political cartoon: I found the cartoon on your Opinion Page to be quite offensive. You characterized all white Christians as jackbooted neo-Nazis. That's disgusting and offensive, which is something you say you won't print. Apparently you will.
On Parker High School: When is the east-side Gazette going to recognize that there is another high school, Parker, in town? The sports coverage is terrible. It's all east side. There are a lot of west-side athletes. It's going to be 50 years for Parker this year. You should do something.
On Hurricane Harvey: Since our Wisconsin Republican politicians can't get anything done—the budget, for instance—they should go down to Texas and donate some labor and goodwill to help those poor people clean up. Oh, I guess that wouldn't be their cup of tea, would it?
--With the catastrophe in Texas of epic proportions, wouldn't you think that Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan would have reconvened Congress early to see what we could do as a nation to come together to help these poor people? It doesn't say much for our Congress at this point in time.
On criticism of Clinton police: I'm calling about people griping about the Clinton Police Department enforcing the laws. I sat out on my porch today and counted 275 people running stop signs, speeding and cops sitting there and not a damn thing being done. I wish they had enough gumption like Clinton does.
--I just want to say good job, Clinton police officers. You're only doing your job, and it's greatly appreciated.
On president's pardon of Joe Arpaio: Sheriff Arpaio was doing his job rounding up illegal aliens and deporting them. This judge didn't like it and ordered him to stop doing his job, and therein lies the conflict. She's just like these mayors of these sanctuary cities who refuse to enforce the law, except she's ordering others to refuse to enforce the law. It's time these judges are held accountable.
--When you accept a presidential pardon, you have admitted your guilt. Thank you, President Trump, for getting ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio to admit that he is guilty.
On street projects: You're very welcome to the person who wrote the letter on the workers on Milwaukee Street. Finally, some positive thoughts.
--Halleluiah, the street resurfacing from the Moose Lodge to just beyond State Street is completed. I'm sure the city manager got tired of hearing us complain for over two years. Thank you from my husband, myself and our car.
On drug testing food-stamp recipients: I believe they should be drug tested. I have to be drug tested to have a job, and they should also use hair follicles so nobody can use fake urine or anything else.
On old wounds: I am from Wisconsin and have lost relatives in the Civil War, in part to end slavery. I am in no way responsible, nor should I feel guilty for the misery felt by blacks 150 years ago simply because I'm white.
On Tuesday story (Page 2A) about drag queens: The article about drag queens reading stories in a Madison library to children is as low, appalling and sickening as it gets. As a parent, I can't even digest such garbage.
On Janesville Superintendent Steve Pophal: He seems to be off to a good start. The report on the last board meeting in The Gazette brings up a concern, however. Can he and the board promise there will be no employee accidents in the 2017-18 school year? Let's hope employees will not be afraid to report accidents.
--Superintendent Pophal is advocating the use of promises instead of goals. Promises are one-way. The district makes the promise and keeps it or not. One cannot promise on behalf of someone else. Keep goals so all students and staff have reasons to work hard and achieve.
On crossing guards: I heard on the news today that Janesville needs school crossing guards at $9 an hour. How come Beloit can pay $11-plus a hour and Madison pay $16 and Janesville pay $9? I think that's ridiculous. Get up there with the rest of the world and not be so cheap. You have kids that are worth more than that.