Web Views for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
FROM STORY COMMENTS
On paying scofflaws for hound deaths: Thank you to Bill Lueders for exposing this idiocy, both of our state regulations and of the people burning us by taking advantage of this. … Quit gambling your dogs’ lives and try hunting without sacrificing them for the sake of your habit.
On Milton Courier Editor Debilzen: Just a great article. Good luck from a former Milton old-timer.
-- As a weekly reader of the Milton Courier, I know that James Debilzen earned the “Future Headliner” recognition of our Wisconsin Newspaper Association. I was very happy to see Neil Johnson’s feature article in Monday’s Gazette alerting the wider Rock County community to the quality and commitment James has brought to being editor of our Milton Courier.
-- John Eyster
On Editor’s Views/open government: I wish you would do more to call out local representatives that harm their constituents. Rep. Ryan has been given a number of “passes”; that results in a loss of credibility for your paper.
-- The fact is that neither party is blameless.
On park concession profits: What is with the beer phobia thing in Janesville? “Dire outcomes are predicted every time the council considers expanding sites where alcohol can be consumed. Few problems over the years have been reported, officials have said.” Beloit has sold beer at most events over the years with very little trouble.
-- Nick Danger
-- Good for you, Shelley, for jumping in to find new revenues. She also sells snacks at the movies in the park, and each time they sell out. Again this was a learning curve to have the right mix of items that the kids want. If they do not sell that night, it is brought back to the swimming pool to sell. No waste here.
-- ALVIN DRAEGER
FROM THE BLOGS
To John Eyster: As the old saying goes, you’re entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. Beyond any shadow of a doubt, (Edward) Snowden violated the Espionage Act. Just as a bank robber is still a bank robber even if he says he did it to feed his family, Snowden is a traitor, plain and simple.
-- He’s a traitor. He had a job and responsibility to that job of confidentiality, and he knowingly broke it. Not only did he break it, but he slowly let out information piecemeal that has had a deleterious effect on our U.S. relations with our allies.
-- Joyce Snyder
-- Traitor! If this happened back during the Cold War, this would be a non-issue. As a former submariner, I still can’t comment on some of the things that we did, so why should times during the War on Terror be any different?
-- Mr. Snowden is a whistleblower, not a traitor. Was any of this happening before the Patriot Act was put into law? … I don’t think he should be tried for anything. NSA overstepped the boundaries just because they had the power to do it. What happens when there is too much power? It corrupts.
-- ALICE HESSENAUER
To Greg Peck: When the city declares a snow emergency and someone doesn’t move their car and it gets plowed in, who writes the ticket for that? If it is the police, then I don’t see why they can’t write citations for this (not shoveling) as well. Same thing in my book.
-- MIKE WIMMER
-- I was using an unfamiliar, borrowed snowblower a few weeks back. Before I had the machine mastered, a Janesville officer pulled up, opened his cruiser window, and shouted at me that I can’t blow snow into the street. Before I could cut the blower, the officer got a dose of snow through his open cruiser window. I apologized. … It was interesting to see concerted enforcement efforts on this one issue.
-- NEIL JOHNSON
-- What happens when the city plows the street snow upon the sidewalk and there is no place to shovel that snow except back into the street?