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On Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden interfering with a Janesville police investigation: It certainly appears that Spoden believes he, his children and his friends are all above the law. Seems like we have our own swamp right here in Janesville.


Because they were all good kids from prominent families, no investigation was necessary? Seriously? If they were non-white kids in the Fourth Ward, would he have expected no investigation? These “good” kids shouldn’t have to obey the law or have any consequences for their law breaking?

—Alicia Clark

If a sheriff’s deputy pulls you over and says, “You know how fast you were going?”, just explain to him or her that you are from a good family, and his or her questioning is causing unnecessary stress. You should be on your way after that.

—Chad Sheridan

“Don’t talk to the police” #SPODEN2018

—Rocky Decker

I do disagree with both the state attorney general’s office that there is no crime here, and The Gazette’s ambivalence of same. Spoden threatened officer Brian Foster. That’s a crime! Perhaps there isn’t enough evidence to meet the “beyond reasonable doubt” standard, but Spoden crossed the line. He should resign immediately. Failing that, I hope someone qualified to be sheriff takes note and runs against Spoden in the next election.

—Bill Schuldt

Unbelievable that you people aren’t seeing the bigger picture of what the sheriff was trying to do. He helped a lot of young people and their families by keeping them away from additional emotional damage from this event, and I’m forever thankful for his action.

—Joe Brennan

Nice to hear the armchair investigators here. Does the line, “no criminal wrongdoing” mean nothing to you people? Sounds like a bunch of sour grapes.

—Steve Sullivan

I think most people understand that his actions may not be “criminal.” But clearly his actions raise questions on the ethics of his actions.

—Romaine Rae Schneeberger

On Walker signing bill to eliminate hunting age restrictions: What could go wrong? Drunk adults, small children with high-powered rifles. Sounds like fun, or a lot of children with a lifetime of guilt and sadness.

—Lynda Naatz Richter

The Gazette editorial (Sunday) had it right, “Eliminating age restrictions for hunting a dumb idea,” and that is affirmed. Look who signed the bill.

—Hatrick Henry

It’s good to see that the Republicans have their priorities straight. At least we have good roads for the toddlers on the way to their hunting ground. Oh, wait. Never mind.


I’d rather have 100 parents spending time with their 8-year-olds in the woods hunting than one parent turning their back to their child playing video games all week instead of studying and doing homework. ... It should be about personal responsibility, not bureaucrats deciding for us age restrictions.


On ‘Dreamers’ Nov. 10 protest at House Speaker Paul Ryan’s house: I wonder if the Ryans have a sprinkler system in their yard? Evenings are better for watering the lawn due to less evaporation. Since the city is about to collect leaves, I also wonder if they have a leaf blower? Some people find yard work relaxing after a hard day at the office.

—Kevin Goebel

How about they and their families become legal citizens of the United States? Won’t have any problem then. When DACA was signed, it was never meant to be permanent.

—David Ellingson

It’s not peaceable protest when harassing his family and neighborhood.

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