Sound Off for Wednesday, Nov. 22: Gropers, Sheriff Spoden and hunter photo
On Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden impeding investigation: Should Spoden run for re-election, he won’t be getting my vote. His behavior around the time of the beer bash his son attended was unprofessional at best, unbecoming of what I expect of my sheriff. This kind of behavior should disqualify him from public office.
--What would Sheriff Spoden do if another law enforcement agency would have impeded one of his people’s investigation? He wouldn’t have been happy. The county board needs to discipline Spoden. He’s not above the law nor is his kid.
--I believe this just shows the tip of the iceberg of the arrogance and corruption of Spoden.
--I want to give kudos to District Attorney David O’Leary for looking into the Bob Spoden incident. I definitely feel that Sheriff Spoden should have recused himself, stepped away from this situation.
--I think all the sheriff was trying to do was protect his son and the kids that were at that party. Maybe Janesville Police Chief Dave Moore or the DA don’t have kids that do something wrong, but I think he was trying to protect those kids. I never thought of him ever being somebody that would cause trouble because he’s in his position.
On Thursday editorial, “If not criminal, Spoden’s actions highly unethical”: While I’m disappointed with Spoden’s handling of the incident involving the young man, I am disgusted by The Gazette. The only thing missing from your editorial was where and when to pick up the tar and feathers for the witch hunt. The sheriff may have made a misstep, but he served this county admirably for years, and your editor should be ashamed of himself for allowing his obvious personal dislike of Mr. Spoden to get the better of him.
On caring hosts: Thank you to Mr. Mark Fenrick, eighth-grade teacher at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Janesville, for the veterans appreciation dinner hosted by Mr. Fenrick and his eighth grade history class. A lasagna dinner was made and donated by parents of these students. The students served and waited on tables. All veterans and their families from St. Paul’s were invited to attend.
On groping allegations against Sen. Al Franken: Sen. Franken-groper has put the news media in a very difficult position. They now have to figure out how to give Franken-groper a pass, while they continue to try to destroy Judge Roy Moore. It will be difficult, but I am confident that the news media will come up with a way.
--I’ll be looking for all the upright Democrats to call on him to step down like they are doing to Moore.
On Monday “thumbs down” to Moore defenders: You are correct. Everybody should be against him, but you’re wrong in saying that Rep. Paul Ryan is doing it correctly. If he were doing it correctly, he would not be pushing and beside our president, who also had more than a dozen accusers. Ryan attempted in the campaign to get away from him, and now they’re buddy-buddy.
On Milton School District boundaries: The Janesville School District did request territory from the Milton School District years ago before the cornfields turned into housing developments. The Janesville School District made an honest attempt to take responsibility for the education of those future students, but it was the Milton school officials that objected.
On Diamond Assets lawsuit against staffing agency (Page 3A, Friday): I’m very disappointed that Diamond Assets hired temporary workers through an employment agency. When I read that they were building their new facility in Milton’s TIF district in a previous news release, I assumed they were a company that hired all their own employees and paid good wages and benefits.
On driving at night: I don’t know if you drive out in the country or not, but it’s impossible to see when everybody is driving around with their bright headlights on.
On Sunday, Page 1A photo: I was appalled by the picture of armed hunters sitting in the back of a pickup truck moving down the road. I thought there was a rule against hunting from the road. I think that’s extremely Alabama hillbilly style.