Sound Off for Sunday, Nov. 26: Christmas lights, seat belts and Charlie Rose
On downtown Janesville during the holidays: I think downtown Janesville looks just beautiful this year with the Christmas lights and all of the beautiful Christmas windows, and Voigt Music is absolutely stunning.
On city council priorities: The homeless definitely need help from the city and so does the humane society. Perhaps we should cancel the change of Court Street, which was rushed through, even though many council members had concerns.
On leaf pickup: I've seen umpteen people in Janesville put the leaves right back in the street after the sweeper has been through. This is stupidity on the part of these people. They know they're not supposed to be putting leaves out there. Why not just put an end to leaf pickup, and you only get your leaves picked up if they're in recyclable bags?
On opposition to wearing seat belts, helmets: OK, if you don't want to put on your seat belts or helmets, there is no reason a health insurance company or taxpayers should have to pay for your medical bills. In other words, you shouldn't be treated at all. You shouldn't get disability, Medicaid or free medical. You made the choice.
On government leaders: I'm just wondering how long it will take before people finally wake up and rid this country of people like Donald Trump, Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker and the cancer that is the entire Republican Party.
--Wow, I never knew just how corrupt our governments are until the 2016 presidential election. If the U.S. is to survive, we must start electing honest people and put a limit on all elected and appointed offices. We the people are the only ones that can do this. Corruption must go. We don't want a dictatorship country.
On the Trump economy: Donald Trump has been in office less than one year, and we've already had 70 new record highs in the stock market, and we now have the lowest number of people collecting unemployment in 44 years. To be fair, though, Barack Obama also broke a lot of records. He had the largest number of people on food stamps in America's history. He added more debt to our country than all the other presidents combined, and he had the lowest employee participation rate in 40 years, so he deserves to be recognized for his accomplishments as well.
On Tuesday story (Page 5B), “Trump promises tax cuts by Christmas”: The subhead says, 'Nonpartisan analysis says most will pay more by 2027,' but then when you read the article, and it says half, not most. Half is not most, so that's misleading. The Gazette made a pledge not to run fake news, yet they continue to run the stories from Associated Press, the kings of fake news.
On allegations against Charlie Rose: When accepting a private invitation to a man's hotel room, who would not expect to see him come out of the shower naked? Was the crime here for stupidity or her gold-digging entrapment scheme.
--If you climb into the lion's cage at the zoo at dinner time, do not pretend to be a victim.
--I think it's important that we know the difference, before we start name calling, between sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual predator or sexual molester. I think many of these terms are not being used correctly.
On Democrat handling of sexual assault: You may be wondering why so many liberal Democrats are being hung out to dry for sexual misconduct. About 30 years ago, the Democratic Party and corrupt news media decided to protect a sexual predator named Bill Clinton and smear and destroy the women who came forward to tell the country what had been done to them.
On new report card for Janesville schools: It sounds like Superintendent Steve Pophal and district officials are making excuses for poor test results.
On supposedly hungry children: A recent CBS Sunday Morning program showed a segment on harvesting grain for America's breadbasket followed by schools providing meals to hungry children initially, eliciting a feeling of shame by the viewer. But when viewed closer, one notices fancy backpacks worn by most children and texting on cellphones by older children. This kind of diminishes the feeling of shame.