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Sound Off for Wednesday, Oct. 18: Weinstein, Milton referendum and HHFFRRRGGH

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On the First Amendment: The Constitution provides the right of a free press. It does not, however, guarantee the right to continuously write false stories on purpose with the intention of undermining a sitting president and thwarting the will of the voters. That’s what NBC is engaging in, and so is CNN.

On national anthem protests: Our country was born in protest. Throughout our history, no group of people has ever achieved its goal without a protest that somehow caught public attention and quite possibly offended someone. The young men who kneel in protest of black, white inequality are doing just that. They are to be praised for bringing this issue to our attention in a peaceful way.

On police officers: I think they’re doing a good job, and if people wouldn’t get in trouble and break the law, they wouldn’t have to worry about the police. So I hope they keep doing their job.

On Harvey Weinstein: I can’t believe you even print a ‘Guest Views’ op-ed (Thursday) on Harvey Weinstein. I think a better comparison would definitely be Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby and Anthony Wiener. Comparing someone’s locker room talk in a private conversation to an actual admitted sexual abuser is nothing to downplay.

--R. Emmett Tyrrell and the rest of the right wing are piling on Weinstein and bring up Clinton and Wiener, but they don’t seem to recall Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and the biggest, Donald Trump. Can you say lying hypocrites?

--Hillary Clinton came out over the weekend saying the women that are coming forward now against Harvey Weinstein are brave women. But yet when her husband had women lined up around the block satisfying him, she claimed they were nothing but right-wing conspirators.

On Trump order regarding Obamacare: Donald Trump cannot break the law by executive order because he doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act not being repealed and replaced. The president is not above the law. If Donald Trump tries to break the law by not paying the tax subsidies to the states, he should be arrested and put in jail. We learned from Watergate the president is not above the law.

--The media and the Democrats who are the same people are saying that this will cause the American people to face double-digit premium increases. The American people were already facing double-digit premium increases just like they did last year, just like they did the year before. Donald Trump is attempting to fix this. The problem is not Donald Trump; the problem is Obamacare.

--Yes, Paul Ryan, vote for the president’s new bill on health care. After all, people don’t deserve health care the way you have it, do they?

On Nov. 7 Milton School District referendum: What’s to understand? If you live in the city of Janesville, send your kids and pay school taxes to Janesville. If you live in Milton, vice versa. Stop the empire building in Milton so we can save our homes.

--To Sunday’s pro-referendum Sound Off caller, most people love our school. The reason you state ‘long overdue improvements’ is a position we’re in because maintenance and school boards let it get that way, wasting money on big raises and an unneeded position is a few examples. Do you know it’s mostly dollars into new buildings and not improvements as you called in for?

On Oct. 8 “Thumbs Down” for HHFFRRRGGH name change: Why should The Gazette put down a person who is trying to rebrand and improve? It’s hard enough to compete against the chains without The Gazette criticizing the efforts.

On Oct. 11 editorial, “Hemp’s time approaching”: You are right about the once-scorned crop’s legal standing improving. In the same Wednesday edition, you write about a 17-year-old driver who killed two people in a car accident after smoking marijuana and about a 22-year-old shot and killed by police after attacking a woman with a hammer and after acting strangely from smoking marijuana that day. So you think it’s time to legalize marijuana?

On Sunday story, “Promises to keep” (Page 1A): I am very impressed by these bold promises made by the Janesville School District. They are very insightful, sensible and compassionate.



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