Yes, I doubt…

I’ve been accused of being a homer for the city of Janesville. Until recently my answer would typically be, “guilty as charged”. Yet, I’m not a homer. Sure, I was born, raised and still want to live in this beautiful city. Many of you have chosen the same path, one of familiarity. With all the positive movement and change in Janesville the one thing that our hometown isn’t is familiar. New businesses, new neighbors, new opportunities and that can lead to doubts. I have some doubts. No, I’m not a homer.

It’s been difficult to articulate why I have these doubts. I am seen as a ‘rubber stamp’ for anything new or different in our community. That’s not the case. I figured it out while listening to a Steven Furtick podcast. Steven, pastor at Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, talked about doubt. He talked about how doubting will help you grow. But you can’t just doubt. You must have faith.

That was it. I do have doubts about certain things in our community. Do I believe the city council did the right thing by voting to remove the Monterey dam? I do, but I certainly have doubts. My non-educated thoughts to dam removal and restoration are full of doubts. Yet I have faith that those who were hired to study removal and give recommendations are on the right track. They are experts. I have faith that our city staff and majority council have done their due diligence. I have faith that what they have put in front of the citizens will be close to reality and within the estimated budget they’ve provided.

I had doubts about the back-and-forth with the humane society and our city during last budget season. It was $62,000 out of over $100 million dollar budget. Figure it out. However, I have faith that there was a path that needed to be followed. It wasn’t the cleanest path and there’s certainly room for additional improvement but I have faith the city is looking out for the best interest of the citizens and the pups that may end up lost.

I certainly had doubts that going from one-way to two-way on Milwaukee Street in downtown Janesville wasn’t going to work … until I used it. Yes, there are a few bumps in the process, but I have faith in our city leaders that those bumps will be smoothed once the bridge is replaced and the final version is rolled out.

I’m not a homer. I love the city I live in, and I want nothing but the best. If there’s anything that is beyond a shadow of a doubt, I’m not buying. Yes, I have doubts, but my faith in our city leaders is much greater.

Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.

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