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Sound Off for Wednesday, Sept. 27: dead trees, bike lanes and $583K

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On dead trees in Janesville: I would like to know why so many people in this town have dead trees. I think it should be a city ordinance that they have to take them down because this is the whole reason why we have bug control. A lot of these trees are getting killed because people don’t get rid of them, and then they just get infested with all these different bugs, and then they’re killing other trees. If a tree is completely dead, the homeowner ought to be responsible to take it down and prevent these tree diseases. Why doesn’t the city enforce that?

On vegetable gardens in the front yard: It’s insanity for the Janesville City Council to even consider allowing vegetable gardens covering up 40 percent of the front yard. Are we going for a third-world look? Vegetable gardens look bad for three months and awful for nine months of the year. They belong in the backyards with the chickens.

On hit-and-run incidents: I’m inquiring about this biquite a bit of hit-and-run accidents in Janesville. I was one of the victims, and I believe the district attorney in Janesville is being very lenient and contributing to maybe some of these people not caring about hitting a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident.

On Sound Off criticism of Parker football coach: It sure is amazing that you won’t print stuff that’s tasteless, but yet you let comments about Parker’s coach go through that were unfounded, and it’s by a person that doesn’t have the courage to sign a letter.

On proposed downtown bike lanes: Enough paying for seldom-used bike lanes. Please repair the streets used by the vast majority us in motor vehicles and those who actually pay gas taxes and registration fees. Many of the few bicyclists that I see prefer to use sidewalks, even with bike lanes present.

On $583K for Janesville: With regard to the $583,000 that the state budget allows to be returned to the Janesville taxpayers, everybody has a place for it, and I would like to suggest that we’re always coming up with a shortfall some place throughout the year. It could be snow removal or something like that. Why not put it away to cover these shortfalls instead of wanting to spend it here and wanting to spend it there?

On Gov. Scott Walker’s 99 vetoes: The Senate minority leader claimed Walker’s veto cuts funding for schools. It does no such thing. His veto simply says school districts can’t raise property taxes without voter input. The truth is that this budget raises spending on schools by $600 million. It should be no surprise that you have a Democrat with their lips moving that’s not telling the truth. There are no low-spending school districts. Some just spend more than others.

On NFL players kneeling during the anthem: My family turned off the Packer game last night after some players took a knee when the anthem was played, which was a first for us. We are tired of having politics thrown in our faces at every turn. Sports was one place we could go to get away from politics.

--It is sickening that a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American, degenerate football players have turned not only the NFL into a political controversy but college and high school football games as well. They have many other outlets in which to protest. Leave the NFL alone.

--It’s a shame the NFL and its players threw our veterans and our men and women in the military under the bus over petty politics. Well, it’s time to throw them overpaid babies under the bus and take a knee and just turn off the TV.

On the U.S. flag: Our flag does not stand for the military and the first responders. It stands for all the people in the United States.

On Sunday story referencing “The Vietnam War” series: It would be nice to know about things like this before they happen, rather than after the series is half over.

On a job well done: This is on the two ladies working for the city of Janesville that are mowing the empty lot on the corner of Waveland Road and Mineral Point Avenue. What a great job. That’s the best that lot has ever looked. Kudos to you girls.



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