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Sound Off for Sunday, Nov. 12: Milton referendum, dog owners and Trump in China

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Sunday, November 12, 2017

On failed Milton referendum: After another failed referendum with countless hours wasted, tens of thousands of dollars gone and making a great community divided, what is next? Possibly listening to additional ideas or maybe voting out another school board president.

--Thank you to my fellow residents that have risen up and shown compassion and caring for the poor, elderly, farmers and fellow fixed-income residents by voting ‘no’ on another financially burdening referendum.

--The Milton School District now needs to focus on what should have been done years ago, realigning school boundaries. Too many students are bused in from areas that should be Janesville and Edgerton schools.

--It is time for Milton and Janesville schools to have a joint study on facilities, delivery of services and enrollments. Improved efficiency may be possible by cooperative efforts or some type of merger. Taxpayers should not continue to be held captive by inaccurate population estimates made in the early 1960s.

--I think it’s time Milton School District thinks outside the box. How about open campus for lunch? What about leasing space at vacant Milton buildings for advanced placement classes? These ideas have worked well for other school districts, and it helps students with time management skills necessary for career readiness and life after high school.

--When I attended Milton Junction grade school, we had a class in the basement by the furnace. We survived, and we learned that everything does not have to be gold plated and presented on a silver platter. I went on to graduate from college and was gainfully employed for 45 years as were many of my classmates.

On city leaf pickup: Why doesn’t the city schedule snow plowing, say, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and ignore what Mother Nature is doing just like they do with the current leaf pickup?

On Janesville downtown: I see we’re offering big money to big business to bring them here to Wisconsin. What about incentives to opening up these stores downtown? I went for a $500 loan and couldn’t get it. What’s our incentive for opening up these stores?

On Trump’s China visit: The Chinese rolled out the red carpet for Donald Trump. They had a lavish state dinner and treated him with utmost respect. Contrast that to Barack Obama’s trip, where they didn’t even wheel out a stairway for him to get off the plane. He had to slink out the back of Air Force One like the hired help. It was so disrespectful that many said he should have flown away without even leaving the airplane.

On Thursday column, “Donna Brazile shows Democratic Party the blinding light”: Isn’t it amazing that you have to read someone’s column to find out about this? ABC, NBC, CBS have not devoted one second to this story. The only thing that’s appeared in your paper is a brief on Brazile, which left out all the important parts. Here we have the outright rigging of an election, and nobody in the media cares.

On GOP tax reform proposal: Now that Republicans have released their tax proposal, predictably Democrats are out there saying how are we going to pay for it. First, tax cuts may well pay for themselves just through the economic growth that they’ll cause. That aside, have you ever heard Democrats ask how we’re going to pay for any new government spending program?

--Republicans in Madison have adopted a resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Meanwhile, the recently released Republican tax cut proposal flies in the face of balanced budgets and will add $1.5 trillion to the national debt. Crazy.

On irresponsible dog owners: If you dog owners want to have dogs, be responsible. You’re supposed to have your dog on a 6-foot leash, and I don’t know why they don’t get rid of these 25-, 40-foot retractable leashes because dogs walk way up into everybody’s yard, and it’s so rude. It’s no consideration. You’re the dog owner. Let the dog poop in your own yard and not the neighbor’s yard where it shouldn’t be to begin with.



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