Taking away local control hurts constituents

This letter is in response to the Sunday story, “What about local control?” (Page 1A), concerning the wheel tax proposed by state Sen. Steve Nass.

If Nass really believes the taxpayer should have a voice concerning taxes or fees, why were the taxpayers left out of the decisions for the Milwaukee Bucks and Foxconn?

It is our opinion the Legislature passes laws that respond to issues of their contributors. The Legislature passing laws restricting actions of local government, such as a wheel tax, is not giving local control. The Legislature needs to allow local governments to govern themselves. Local elected officials are “kept under control” by listening to their constituents.

When our legislative members have the attitude they can do anything they wish and prohibit local government from fulfilling its needs, it may be time to replace them with someone that is interested in the taxpayers’ needs. After all, who pays the bills, special interests or the voting public?

JERRY and SHIRLEY GRANT

Whitewater

Club had good reason for marketing Super Bowl tickets

We are incredibly grateful for the donation of that fabulous Super Bowl package and excited to announce that the tickets were sold today for a total of $15,000. (Our original ask was too high, but $15,000 will do an INCREDIBLE amount of good work for Janesville youth.)

We made the decision to pay to “boost” the Facebook post in other cities, which had two results: It netted us our highest bid, from Massachusetts, and it resulted in some crass comments that demonstrated a lack of understanding that this was from the beginning a fundraiser for our Boys & Girls Club.

We chose to put these tickets to use to benefit the largest number of Janesville kiddos, and if that made us seem “greedy,” we know that those in our community who follow the club know that we are just the opposite. If you, as a community member, have any questions at all about this wonderful donation, please reach out to us. We would MUCH rather have a conversation than a negative comment.

Thanks once again to our spectacular ticket donor who is always pushing us to do more, dream larger and serve more of the kids who need us most. And thank you, Janesville, for supporting the club and our kids in so many ways.

SARA STINSKI

Executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Janesville

Democratic obstructionists deserve to be replaced

Congratulations to Donald Trump for all of his successes in making America great again!

How about the “Do Nothing Democrats”? They have accomplished nothing for all of 2017. They call themselves “obstructionists.” Democrats control the Senate because Republicans do not have enough votes to pass Trump’s legislation into law. So everything Trump wants to do for us is being shut down by the Democrats.

In November, the American people must change this situation by changing Democratic-held seats to Republican. Otherwise the Democrats will continue to do nothing and obstruct progress. There will be no wall, no immigration plan, no infrastructure improvements and no good health care. America needs to wake up and understand that the Congressional Democrats do nothing for anyone.

How about the State of the Union? House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sat the entire time. She looked and acted bizarre, making contortions with her face and mouth. Almost every Democrat sat the entire time, and they found nothing to clap about. The Congressional Black Caucus sat in silence when Trump indicated that African American and Hispanic unemployment rates are at their lowest point in American history. Are you kidding me? These people act like pouting children on the playground.

They all sat for topics regarding our flag, our anthem, middle-class tax cuts, bonuses, our veterans, ISIS’s destruction and, yes, they even sat for God. These Democrats get six-figure salaries, accomplish nothing and are not suited to hold any government position. They are disgraceful, disgusting and part of the swamp.

RICK KAUTZ

Janesville

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