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On Janesville City Council seeking to find a new polling place: This is a solution to a non-existent problem. This should be construed as an insult to the intelligence of the black community that they are not capable of comprehending that they will not be assaulted or harassed by police officers while voting at their headquarters. What other reason would they have to be afraid to come to the police department? If you read between the lines, the other assumption would be that perhaps they are guilty of something or have a warrant out for their arrest. If that is the thinking, why would the black community have any more fear than whites or anyone else? It can be easily speculated that they are implying something here without having to actually come out and say it.

—Joel Thorn

On Milton School District athletic facility needs: I’m shocked. The more I see the conditions in the Milton HS, the more I see how outdated and substandard they are. The more I go to other districts, it shines an even bigger light on it. It’s appalling and an embarrassment.

—Dan Rodgers

  • I suggest they upgrade their budget and prioritize to be able to do repairs. That’s what we have to do with our home budget.

—Chuckandjeanie Drays

  • In my opinion, the “upgrades” the district needs would include an administrator who is not manipulative, overpaid and one who listens to ALL the taxpayers, along with the elimination of an overpriced photographer (i.e. communications person) and board members who don’t “fall into line” but offer other solutions for discussion. Fancy athletic facilities is not what a district should be aiming for.

—Carol McGuire

On Saturday story, “Inclusion director discusses minority voter suppression”: Plenty of fiery rhetoric about Wisconsin voter ID, but not one word about what he suggests be done to help people obtain one of eight forms of documentation required. How many people who really want to vote can’t figure this out? How do you factor in the huge percentage of the eligible population of all ethnic groups that never vote?

—Frank Drew

  • The work of helping hopeful voters get the right forms for an ID is something that other activist groups like the League of Women Voters can do. I would urge these commenters to remember when we voters didn’t need ID to vote, we had practically zero illegal voting. Why the change in these laws? Who do lawmakers want to stop from voting?

—Janet Labrie

On city of Janesville updating its 19-year-old economic development strategy: The last strategy was such a glaring failure no wonder they haven’t bothered to update it. Instead of strategies that focus on things they can’t control, such as retaining GM, they should develop strategies about things they can control, such as stop raising fees and taxes as if funding their spending fantasies are all that matters. Live within the city’s means and stop looking for new and innovative ways to fleece the populace.

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