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Sound Off for Sunday, Nov. 5: Trick-or-treating, leaf pickup and Ryan 'town hall'

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Sunday, November 5, 2017

On trick-or-treating: There were so many parents with children, which is good, but there were a few who were by themselves. That made me remember when my children were elementary school age in Illinois. Our PTAs found parents who were home most of the time, and they were given signs to place in a window. If children had any problems that would require an adult, they knew they could safely knock on a door that had a safe sign in the window. I think this would be nice in Janesville.

On upcoming leaf pickup: So Monday, the leaf pickup in Janesville begins. How ridiculous. Take a ride around town and see the majority of the leaves are still in the trees. Why don’t they start the leaf pickup about the Fourth of July, and you’d be able to get just about as many leaves that are down on the ground as at this time. Please move the pickup date back. There are too many leaves that still haven’t fallen to be even raked.

--To the supervisors of Janesville, the order to pick up leaves is way too early. Over half the trees have not shed their leaves. The same early pickup last year left over half the leaves removed by the snow plows, and then the plows placed the leaves back on our lawns.

On Tuesday story, “Ryan keeps focus on tax reform” (Page 3A): Let’s get this straight. Paul Ryan did not hold a “town hall” at Royal Basket Trucks on Monday. Your reporter, Jim Dayton, misrepresented what actually took place. It was really another of Paul’s unadvertised, closed-door, invitation-only, businessman-targeted, captive-worker event totally orchestrated by Ryan to promote his own personal agenda. Spineless Paul is scared to death of holding a real, totally open town hall.

On Monday story, “Lessons on whiteness” (Page 3A): The problems with whiteness are pretty obvious: 70 percent of white males abandon their children, white males who make up only 6 to 7 percent of the population are committing 50 percent of the crime and 40 percent of the violent crime. Oh wait, that’s black males. I’m sorry, I was confused.

On Nov. 7 Milton referendum: I got a flier in the mail from the school district. It’s misleading in some ways on future growth. They say enrollment is at record high, talking about the last 15 years. The last 15 years included the housing bubble when all the farm fields converted to houses. The land is gone. We don’t have a housing bubble, and we won’t have that kind of growth again.

On Monday edition’s Page 1A error: I picked up The Gazette this morning and read the front page and found out that the Milwaukee Bucks were on to their third win in four games, and they won 117 to 16. So I texted all my buddies out of state, saying we have the best defense in the league. I hope I wasn’t misinformed.

On money in politics: When it’s time to change leaders, it shouldn’t be how much money is raised. Money is what got us into this mess. Money doesn’t mean a person is qualified to be in government. In the November 2018 election, vote for the person qualified, not for how much money they have. Do the research. Vote for the person for what they have done, not what they say.

On the Trump economy: After eight years of the great Obama recession, how long did it take President Trump to get the country growing at 3 percent? Well, it took him about four months. Obama couldn’t give us one-quarter of 3 percent growth in eight years. Just wait until Trump gets the tax cuts and tax reform passed, you’re going to see the economy growing at 4, 5 and maybe even 6 percent.

On Oct. 29 Sound Off criticism of Hillary Clinton: Addressing the two misinformed comments referencing Clinton, the individuals need to get their facts correct. Dossiers were paid for by both political parties and both parties have paid to get information on Trump in the past. The dossiers have not been discredited. Thank goodness, it’s Mueller time.

On the opioid epidemic: The definition of ‘carnal’ is the desires and appetites of the flesh or body, sensual, worldly or earthly temporal. Romans 8 in the Bible, verse 6 says, ‘To be carnally minded is death.’ This is the answer to the opioid crisis.



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