Sound Off for Wednesday, Nov. 8: Armed toddlers, Texas shooting and leaf pickup
On Milton celebrating 50th anniversary of merger: Very interesting about the history of the two Miltons coming together. At the current time, I feel the city may be suffering from negative effects of urban sprawl. It’s not Milton’s fault this is happening, but it’s something that should be studied for the benefit of city residents.
On conflicts of interest: Regarding property taxes involving municipalities and school districts, I would like to see the Legislature pass a law in Wisconsin that bankers may not serve on boards or councils if their bank is a lender to that school board, council or town board.
On the humane society: We need to have funding for the human society, and another thing we need is we need to start getting these things done because we have too many people who are cut from the same mold. When you get too many from the same mold, you don’t get anything done.
On Janesville’s big hurry: Everyone around this city is speeding 40 mph down Mount Zion in a 25 mph zone. Liberty, Lexington, side streets—40 mph. When is it going to stop? People don’t stop at stop signs. They roll through at 20 mph. I think everyone should start getting tickets. It would also help the city’s finances and maybe educate one or two people. Something has got to be done about all the speeders.
On Saturday story, “Federal tax plan would have little effect locally”: The Gazette-generated article shows little understanding of the federal tax system. House Republicans are proposing a cut to how much mortgage interest can be deducted from gross income. They are not proposing a credit, which is a direct reduction of taxes owed.
On proposal to eliminate hunting age restrictions: I find it hilarious that next to the hunting article (Sunday, Page 3A) is a picture (‘Saturday at the lanes’) of a man showing 6-year-olds how to put their fingers in a bowling ball. Are you serious? How about you wait until they are out of a car seat before you give them a gun to go hunting.
--I wonder who started the thing about toddlers being able to shoot guns? Here we have all the violence around, and who came up with that idea? It’s a bad idea.
On the mass shooting at the Texas church: One thing the people of Texas won’t be clamoring for is gun-control laws. There was already a law that said this guy wasn’t supposed to have a gun, and it didn’t do a whole lot of good. You really want to stop these mass shootings? The best thing you can do right now is eliminate gun-free zones because the one thing that every one of these shootings has in common is they all took place in a spot where it was a pretty good fact that no one else would have a gun to fight back.
--With the latest mass shooting in a small Texas town I feel compelled to share my feelings. I was never an anti-gun person. However, with a lack of legislation on the part of the Republican Congress and their cavalier attitude of sending ‘thoughts and prayers’ to the innocent victims, I now am anti-gun.
On Janesville leaf pickup: Not only does the pickup seem a little premature, but our day is scheduled the same day as our garbage and recycling pickup. I know we’re very fortunate to even have this service, but if we’re going to do it, couldn’t there be a little better coordination with the garbage pickup? How are the people going to scoop up the leaves with all the bins in the way?
--Janesville really doesn’t realize how good they’ve got it. I don’t believe in putting the leaves in the street, anyway, because it just ruins the water system. But if they come out a little early and pick up your leaves, maybe you should just rake them up and put them in a bag and take them to the Janesville landfill that doesn’t charge any money. I guess maybe Janesville is just way too lazy and needs to complain too often. I appreciate the leaf pickup.
On a kind gesture: When my husband and I were dining at World Buffet on Sunday celebrating his 83rd birthday, a lovely couple appeared at our table, and after conversing with us, they announced that they would be paying for our meals. God bless these kind and wonderful people.