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Sound Off for Sunday, Nov. 19: Sheriff Spoden, GM plant and Pophal's promises

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Sunday, November 19, 2017

On Rock County sheriff impeding underage-drinking investigation: Sheriff Robert Spoden, it is time for you to get out of public office and start lobbying for decreasing the drinking age. Those kids don’t come from any ‘better families’ than mine. What do you say to a 20-year-old whose underage ticket given by your deputy now impedes their employability in certain trades?

--I was going to call to rip Sheriff Spoden for his actions, but the Gazette’s excellent editorial (Thursday, Page 4A) did it for me. Now we the voters need to vote him out of office.

On tax reform: As we read and hear talk of taxes, we must remember that tax reform does not necessarily mean lower taxes, and tax cuts may not result in lower taxes for you. Words can be used to deceive.

On the Monterey Dam: If you want to see what will happen if the Monterey Dam is taken out, go to Sweet Allyn Park in Shopiere. The DNR makes lots of promises to get their way. There are no fish, the water is so shallow you can’t tube, kayak or canoe. What you have is a stream of mud and grass. The park used to be full of people. Now it’s empty. Take away the overflow and that will go on here, which could affect all of Rock River. Check it out, city council.

On Janesville leaf pickup: Leaf pickup is a luxury. It’s not a privilege. What I have seen are pumpkins, branches, hanging planters, bags and more added to the leaves in the gutters. Are people so stupid they don’t know the difference between leaves and trash? Time for the city to eliminate this luxury. Let people do it themselves. A little exercise and fresh air does wonders.

--Another good way of doing leaf pickup would be to get your lawnmower out and run over the leaves and mulch them up. It makes really good mulch for the ground instead of spending money on all of this leaf pickup.

On John Barry’s Packer predictions: Somebody wrote in about John Barry and how precise he is on the Packer prediction. He’s usually against the Packers. He’s never talking about the Packers. He’s always talking about something else. He couldn’t predict the weather if he was standing outside on a bad day.

On Janesville Superintendent Steve Pophal’s promises: The Monday Gazette story (Page 6A) describes promises to all made by the Janesville School District Board and Pophal. If the promises are met, wonderful. If the promises are not met, which is a likely occurrence, what consequences will Pophal and the board face?

On Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony to Congress: Hillary Clinton said she couldn’t recall 35 times in one sitting when she was testifying. Sessions is almost as bad. I think he really can’t remember, though. I think he has maybe early-onset Alzheimer’s. I don’t know what his deal is, but he doesn’t even come across as a competent lawyer, let alone someone who should be running the Justice Department.

On Trump appointing white men as judges (Tuesday, Page 1A): You notice that the people who constantly call everyone else a racist are totally consumed with what color the judges Trump appointments are. Diversity is irrelevant as far as being a judge. Your job is to apply the law and the Constitution as it is written. We already have four justices on the Supreme Court that often substitute their personal views for what the Constitution says. We don’t need any more of that.

On National Education Week: It is November and time again to honor America’s heroes. So in recognition of National Education Week and for all they do to welcome, nurture and inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities, a grateful nation thanks our public school teachers for their service.

On sex offender relocating (Wednesday, Page 3A): The article lists his previous convictions as fourth-degree sexual assault of a child in 2001, first-degree in 2002 and second-degree in 2002. Would someone explain what these degrees are?

On the former GM plant: When the Janesville Chevrolet plant is removed here in town, wouldn’t it be great if we could keep the tall smokestack with the GM emblem on it? Editor’s note: The GM emblem has been removed from the plant smokestack.



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