Sound Off for Wednesday, Sept. 13: Drunken driving, Hurricane Irma and Pick 'n Save.
On Clinton police: I’m here to support our local police, not our police administration. Our police chief is running this town with a philosophy that a problem pays policing, not community policing. If community policing was being used, there would be partnerships being developed with the business owners and the citizens, not lines drawn. It’s time to bring back the old Clinton I’ve lived in all my life. It’s time to look at the administration and chief and see if he’s really the man for the job. The board needs to get its act together and also realize what has happened to our lovely village. Cronyism at its best.
On increasing fees on hybrid, electric vehicles: Well, it looks like Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow cronies are at it again, trying to find a way to fund highway projects. He wants to zero in on raising fees on electric and hybrid vehicles. I purchased my hybrid vehicle so I wouldn’t have to be so dependent on fossil fuels, thus adding more pollution to our atmosphere. Walker should rate vehicles on weight and tax them accordingly by weight. After all, the heavy vehicles do more damage to the pavement than smaller vehicles. Raise the gas tax across the board, which is fairer than singling out us electric and hybrid car drivers.
On south-side Pick ‘n Save closing: There are probably a couple of things that caused it, and one of the major ones was poor city planning for allowing another grocery store to go in when you have Wal-Mart and big-box Woodman’s and Aldi in the same area. On Pick ‘n Save’s part, I do believe it was poor management and less items to offer and a lot of higher pricing than the other stores. So there is a lot of blame to go around for everybody, but when you put all of those big-box grocery stores in one spot, to me, that’s poor city planning.
On hunting vs. drunken-driving laws: For the most part, our fish and game laws are more strict than drunken-driving laws. The aforementioned gets weapons or equipment fines and taking the license away, and yet no one takes the car away for drunken driving. That has to be the answer. Take the car away.
On protesters: Your right to protest ends when you impede my right to walk or drive where I want to, and if protesters received no publicity, they might all just disappear due to public apathy.
On Sound Off criticism of CNN: Stop with the CNN fake news accusations. Donald Trump Jr. proved that the president’s own fake news accusations were boldface lies to the American people. You would know this if you listened to or read real news.
On Sunday story, ‘Beyond farm wives’: I’m especially interested in Jim Dayton’s ag story. The article was interesting because the statistics were there, the personal stories were there, and they possibly shattered the commonly held belief of women in ag. I hope more women in agriculture will be willing to tell their involvement in the industry.
On the Dreamers: Why doesn’t Congress grandfather the current Dreamers and discontinue DACA for the future?
On Packer’s Sunday victory: Don’t forget about the 14 points that the referees screwed the Seahawks out of. Because without that, the Packers lose by six. Everybody in America knows, first, we had a clip, and then we had two people literally mugging the receiver in the corner. I hope they gave him his wallet back.
On Hurricane Irma: It was widely reported that Hurricane Irma was the largest, most powerful hurricane ever. The truth is, in the short period of time we have been able to measure these things, it was No. 7. The largest and most powerful was in 1935 and the one from 1900 that hit Galveston, killing the most people.
On Irma looters: I suppose you’ll probably be seeing in a Leonard Pitts column that there is police brutality involved for catching some of these people because he will probably claim that they’re entitled to it because they are needy.
On Sunday Sound Off complaint about facial hair: It’s nobody’s business what you do with your face other than yourself. So don’t worry about somebody else’s face. Just worry about yourself.