Endless slow/no-wake killing summer fun

Stop me if you heard this before, but it will be Independence Day soon, and the people of the Janesville area will load up their boats and go somewhere else to enjoy the water. That’s too bad because we have an excellent river that’s perfect for water skiing, boating and using personal water crafts. Instead, we’ll take our vessels and head to other areas, buy gas somewhere else, eat somewhere else and get our entertainment not in Janesville.

I don’t know what it will take or even who can help with this, but it’s probably at all levels of government and cooperation between those who own/control the dams up and down the river. Something has changed at some point, and we have to figure this out.

Having a slow/no-wake restriction again for more than half of our summer is frustrating and disappointing. There’s time when snow melt and heavy spring rain causes the river to rise, but this is getting old when it’s an annual occurrence. The data prove it. Even recently in 2017, the river in the Janesville area had slow-no-wake 67 days of the summer months. This year, it has been slow/no-wake since May!

It wasn’t always like that, so let’s figure out what changed and get it addressed. I’m sure many boat owners and property owners on this beautiful river would appreciate the conversation.

TIMOTHY J. CULLEN

Janesville

Many misconceptions about MS-13 and its origins

I am an American citizen living in Janesville who once lived in El Salvador and has firsthand knowledge of the continuing misinformation regarding Central America.

The MS-13 is a gang that formed in the U.S., NOT El Salvador. While it is the most notorious gang on earth, I can assure you that the people seeking asylum, especially the kids, are not MS-13. Gangs murder and bribe their way into the U.S. These people are fleeing the gang. I worked among the MS-13 and tried to keep young people out of the gang.

El Salvador and Honduras take turns as being the murder capitals of the world. The abject poverty and violence create an atmosphere of fear and retribution. Central American gangs deal in two products: drugs and people.

Gangs will murder anyone who tries to stop the flow of drugs to the U.S. They also will kill each other if they use the product themselves.

The other activity is people trafficking. Young girls, not women, are kidnapped and brought across the border into Texas, where they are forced to work in bordellos and are raped by our own citizenry.

Regarding the wall, you can build another Great Wall of China and not keep out the gangs. They will do anything to get drugs here. Perhaps you should view Jack Kennedy’s famous speech at the Berlin Wall in June of 1963. Maybe this will convince you about walls of shame. Americans working together on policy is the only way.

PAUL AGNELLO

Janesville

McCabe brings grassroots credentials to governor race

Name recognition seems to be a factor in the Aug. 14 Democratic primary for governor. Mike McCabe grew up on farms in Evansville and Curtiss. He graduated with a dual major from UW-Madison. He and his wife served in the Peace Corps.

He headed up the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a watchdog group for following the money given to candidates and their ethics. He pushed for setting up the state Government Accountability Board, a nonpartisan group of retired judges, to watch over the ethics of politicians.

McCabe will not accept any contribution over $200 at a time, with a cap of $1,000 total.

Listen to his interview 7:30 to 8 p.m. July 6 on Wisconsin Public Television, channel 21, “Here and Now.”

Meet Mike McCabe at the Rock County Courthouse Park on Wednesday, July 11.

All the rural and urban voters not at the wealthy top of the pyramid can beat off the rich and politician buyers by banding together at the grassroots level and voting on Aug. 14 for the common blue jeans wearer Mike McCabe. For more information go to GovernorBlueJeans.com.

Mike McCabe wants to be your servant, not your master.

RON SHULER

Janesville

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