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On failed Milton schools referendum: Many Milton families I know who have children in the district are very disappointed with the results. Not only because the overcrowding issues will continue, but because the message has been received that folks in this town are not thinking big picture and long term.

—Dana Petersen Murphy

The issues are real. They will only get worse and the solutions will get more expensive. So what is the solution? The no voters need to step up and help the district figure it out.

—Toni Kraiss Richmond

Just add a grade onto the middle school. There is plenty of land behind the school, and the structure was built in 1979, which makes it a newer structure. That would relieve the “crowding” at the lower grades. Wow, was that hard? And, it costs MUCH less.

—buyusa

Well, there is always open enrollment. If you don’t like the school, then go to a different district with the big fancy sports facility and new schools. Then that will take care of the overcrowded classrooms.

—Kim Crape Clark

District Administrator Tim Schigur is viewed as dishonest, condescending and untrustworthy by many in the community, along with some of the district staff or teachers. Unfortunately, short of school board and personnel replacements, I don’t know how they will ever recover from these referendum failures and the events leading up to them.

—1WhoKnows

It appears that they are doing the Three Little Pigs fable in reverse. They started with the brick school last year and then tried the cinder-block school this year. I suppose next year’s referendum will be to reduce costs by using bales of straw as the building material.

—Kevin Goebel

On Gov. Scott Walker’s Janesville visit Tuesday: Thank you to Rock County Sheriff Department. Did an outstanding job of keeping protesters off the private property and at the driveway only. We didn’t even see (or hear) them from the building the event was held in.

—wislady

I’d sooner vote for a paper bag.

—Jessica Cates

On Janesville’s new leaf vacuum truck: Does it suck them off the trees?

—Lynn Zuber Godding

I’m sure this will be much more effective and efficient than the old way. It’s nice to see little innovations that the city is using. Could this have been used years ago to save money?

—Phil Junior

Looks like many people are going to have a lot of spring yard work to do. My soft maple is just barely turning, let alone dropping leaves. My street has hardly any leaves to pick up.

—Jason Vielhuber

On legislation to eliminate age restrictions for hunting: Thank God I don’t hunt on public land anymore. Putting a gun (other than a .22 in a controlled environment) in the hands of a child under the age of 10 is just asking for problems. They are too young to understand the rules or the consequences of their actions. I am all for gun rights, but this is an irresponsible law.

—Brady Burk

You sure don’t want a 9-year-old trudging through a woods when there could be a fellow hunter filled to the gills with beer.

—Joe From Wisconsin

I just took my 6-year-old’s crayons away and tossed her a .22. Told her to go get squirrels.

—Joe Brown

Love it. Bonding time in the woods for kids and loved ones. I don’t know why some are so upset over this. Being taught safety first is a must, of course. But really, folks, think about it: The young ones can’t purchase a gun and do you really think that avid hunters didn’t have little ones out already? I was shooting at 5.

—Ruth Jackson Yacyszyn

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