On Aug. 20 story about vacant buildings in downtown Janesville: No wonder businessmen are not interested in moving into downtown offices when, as the article says, Economic Development Director Gale Price said it would cost around $300,000 to update one particular building. We don’t have that kind of money to invest.

So we have a downtown full of vacant buildings and a city council willing to spend millions to revitalize it, and yet everyone is seriously considering putting a bar into a residential neighborhood (at 2100 E. Milwaukee St.), where the neighbors don’t want it. Come on, licensing committee and city council. This is a no-brainer. Vote no.

Thank God that they did the two-way Milwaukee Street. That really helped save the downtown Janesville, or did it?

On removing the Monterey Dam: This is concerning the Aqua Jays. Will taking out the Monterey Dam harm them in their championship?

On Tuesday photograph, Page 8A: Did anyone share my alarm at seeing the charming picture of two 9-year-olds gazing up at the eclipse? Where were the protective glasses? The Gazette in choosing to publish the picture at least should have pointed out the danger, and I feel even the photographer bears some culpability.

On Wednesday editorial: OMG, I was so shocked I could hardly believe it. The Gazette in its editorial today finally joins the vast majority of us in being ‘sick of Ryan’s talking points on health care.’ Welcome to reality and congratulations.

On Aug. 20 Sound Off caller complaining about man’s dogs: Can you not show compassion for another human being? The man in the motorized wheelchair who is taking his two dogs for a walk is going out to get fresh air and getting maybe his only friends out of the house. You can’t take two seconds to help him out? Help him out and his friends.

On divisive politics: I would just like to ask all these people, left and right, who are calling names: What good does that do for our country? Our country needs to be united and stand up against this hate that has come out of the shadows. We have to stand together as one people to fight this hate.

If we’re going to rally against those who discriminate like the neo-Nazis or the white supremacists, why do we allow official sport teams like the Washington Redskins to keep their names? This is the ultimate insult to our Native Americans.

On removing Confederate monuments: There’s one overriding issue here, and that is the fact that these statues pay tribute to traitors. The rebels of the Confederacy were a group of individuals who took up arms against the United States of America. To pretend that they were American soldiers who deserve recognition is just plain wrong. For the period of time that they were killing U.S. soldiers, they were not Americans. They do not deserve recognition. They never have deserved recognition.

This has to do with people knocking down statues of just about anything that doesn’t please them. I’m sure God is probably looking down on us and thinking, ‘Well, maybe I should eliminate the human race because they have turned into a total disgrace.’

On former Janesville School District Superintendent Karen Schulte: The Aug. 21 Gazette contains minutes of the July Blackhawk Technical College District Board meeting. Karen Schulte is still on the board. Wouldn’t all be better served if new Superintendent Steve Pophal was on the Blackhawk Tech board?

On Walworth County Food Pantry: A heartfelt thank you to Susan and John Hughes for taking over operation of the Walworth County Food Pantry. They are marvelous people to do this, and there is such a great need. Anyone could wind up needing help from a food pantry if they are having a life crisis. These people are truly wonderful.

On early-bird education: Such a happy story (Thursday, Page 1A) to read about the Janesville school teachers going into students’ homes before the new school year begins. Also, congrats to Parker High School for celebrating its 50th year. Janesville does a great job maintaining and remodeling their facilities, making us proud.

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