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Sound Off for Sunday, Oct. 8: Mass shootings, Sonic Boom and bad manners

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Sunday, October 8, 2017

On mass shootings: And now Las Vegas. Until and unless this country comes to grips with the reality of mental deficiency in the case of substantial numbers of our citizens and the need for an all-encompassing mental health system, there is little doubt such carnage will continue and the body count will grow.

--You would think the Democrats could at least wait for the bodies to be cold and the blood to be mopped up before they start to run to the microphones and try to use this for a political gain. This behavior is beyond despicable. There is not a government solution to every problem.

--Here's the deal, we're not giving up our guns. We don't care how many times the left tries to exploit a terrible crime or horrible tragedy to make us do so. We're not giving up our free speech, either, no matter how many times the left tries to use violence or political correctness to make us do so.

On Sen. Ron Johnson: I would sincerely like to know how much money you've received from the NRA. I'm serious. Why has a lobbyist such as this paid for your vote in place of those you purport to represent? In the past few years, Congress has approved a bump stock to make an semi-automatic gun into an automatic one, allowed mentally ill to buy a gun and now are negotiating silencers for rifles with the excuse that the noise might injure the hearing of the hunters. Walk back some of these laws and stop taking money from those who line your pockets.

On bad manners: I'm calling because it's about time parents start teaching their kids manners when they go to restaurants and not kick the benches they're sitting on so it is annoying to the other customers sitting behind them, especially when they're 4 years old. It doesn't matter if it's a family restaurant or not because children should have manners no matter what restaurant they're at, even if it's McDonald's.

On Monday photos of Sonic Boom: The guy with the 4-year-old girl on his shoulders on Page 7A should have his head examined as well as the parents who allowed it. A rock concert is not age appropriate for a 4-year-old.

On Milton School District referendum: I received a booklet in the mail concerning the Nov. 7 Milton school referendum. It stated that my taxes would once again be going up. I couldn't afford the last raise and surely can't afford this one, and I'd like to know who pays for all this literature to be sent and to be printed? I sure hope it's not me, the taxpayer.

On WCLO news, a Milton school official talked about a mailing sent to school district residents. I looked at it and noted the new high school plan shown is just a conceptual design. Why can't we see some actual real plans for a new high school structure?

The propaganda paperwork sent in the mail has many glaring issues. The one I would point out is we don't need to keep up with the Joneses. We don't care what Edgerton schools have or doesn't have.

On tax reform: I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Sen. John McCain and others can also see that the new tax reform is only for the wealthy and put a 'thumbs down' to it. We need unity and quit the shenanigans going on in Washington.

On Oct. 1 editorial, “Better laws needed to curb drunken driving”: I don't believe anyone is in favor of drunks on our roads. However, most law enforcement officers I've talked with say that cellphone users and texters cause far more accidents. So let's target them with similar penalties.

On standing for the Pledge of Allegiance: I'd like to ask everyone who's complaining about those who didn't stand if they stand up in a bar or at home when the Pledge of Allegiance is said. I'm sure they do in public but what about at home or in private?

On planned Edgerton aquaponics greenhouse: Congrats to Edgerton schools and the new Aquaponics greenhouse. Thanks to the donors. I was happy to see that the plans shown are from a local architecture firm.

On Wednesday puppy photo (Page 1A): Great picture of Rumor's puppies and accompanying story. Nice to see something we can smile at this week.



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