Sound Off for Wednesday, Oct. 4: First Amendment, Aaron Rodgers and farm vehicles
On man charged with killing deer at a deer farm: I think he should have to wear a billboard saying what he did in the town of Whitewater for about a month. Stand out in front of the courthouse and say, 'I killed a deer that was fenced in and domesticated cause I'm a chump.'
On Saturday story, “Nature's classroom”: That was such a nice story and pictures. The Janesville schools are so fortunate to have an outdoor learning facility. We should really keep that up and take care of it.
On school administration: I think the new Janesville Superintendent Steve Pophal is doing a great job, but I feel that he really needs to look at his directors. Maybe they have been in their positions too long and are completely out of touch with the inner workings of the schools. Maybe even the majority of the people are there to collect a paycheck instead of doing what is best for the students and for the teachers.
On Milton school referendum: Since the Milton Chamber of Commerce and Forward Janesville have endorsed the Milton school referendum, it would be a nice gesture if those groups would help pay the $25,000 cost to conduct the Nov. 7 election, considering the referendum is the only reason the polls have to be open that day.
--Why shouldn't Forward Janesville endorse the Milton school referendum? After all, Milton is educating a lot of Janesville kids. If it was not for the Janesville kids in our school district, we wouldn't need the school referendum. If the Milton School Board had any sense at all, it would make Janesville educate their own kids.
On yellow lights: Janesville has set the yellow lights too short in places like Milton Avenue, so you're given the choice of burning your brakes up to try to get stopped in time, getting rear-ended or blowing the stoplight, none of which is a good choice.
On the First Amendment: The First Amendment of our Constitution allows for freedom of speech. We may not agree with what is said or done in the name of this right, but it's what allowed flag burning in the 1960s, the neo-Nazis chanting reprehensible slogans and the NFL locking arms in unity. This freedom really makes America great.
On Packers QB Aaron Rodgers: My understanding is that Aaron Rodgers asked all the Packer fans to link arms in unity before the Bears-Packers game. Unity for what, the belief that police officers are all a bunch of racists to hunt down black men and brutalize them for no reason? Maybe we should talk about the fact that the amount of young black men murdered by other blacks makes the police killings look like a spit in the ocean. This is so much garbage, it's unbelievable.
On the Chicago Bears: John Fox should turn in his resignation because he doesn't deserve to be a football coach after the way the Bears played Thursday. It was a disgrace to Chicago. They played like they didn't know what they were doing.
On standing for the Pledge of Allegiance: I watched the last Janesville City Council meeting and was very proud to see all the council members standing during the Pledge of Allegiance. It's a good thing Sam Liebert is not on the council anymore. Otherwise, we would have had our own political opportunist/activist sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance embarrassing us all.
On “The Vietnam War” PBS documentary: After watching the documentary on the Vietnam War, I wanted to tell you veterans that I saw so many heroes. No war should ever happen, but they do. It is then that men like you go to battle to serve our country. I thank you and all veterans from the bottom of my heart for your service.
On Monday story, “Beware”: Nice article on slow-moving farm vehicles, but also farmers aren't as polite as years ago. On Highway 14 recently, there were 32 cars behind a farmer with plenty of places to pull over a little and stop to let cars pass. The farmer had earphones on in his air-conditioned tractor and was moving to the music. Farmers, pay attention and also be fair. My husband was a farmer, and we always let a long line pass.