On Sunday editorial, “School board sides with mediocrity in trashing merit pay”: On the first assignment together, the school board and Superintendent Steve Pophal receive a letter grade of an F.

As I work in a non-teaching position in a Janesville elementary school, what I saw was young teachers spending an inordinate number of hours stressing over how to make themselves look good enough for a raise. I saw kids getting parked in front of videos so grade-level teachers could make their doc logs look the same without wasting their weekends, sick days or personal days to fabricate. Be glad merit performance as subjective as it was is gone. Back to the business of teaching kids, not trying to vie for a raise.

The Gazette said Carla Quirk was ‘casting herself and her pro-union ilk as the enlightened ones.’ I’ve been a union tradesman for 25 years, and I’m the first one to point out there are pros and cons with unions and non-unions. Carla Quirk deserves an apology. If we want better education, we need to invest $3 billion on the kids and the schools and teachers, instead of Foxconn.

On Foxconn: When a deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Just think 25 years or more to recoup our money from the deal with Foxconn. We give some crazy deals to companies, but this one takes the cake.

On an eyesore: If a family has so many cars that they can’t fit them all in their own driveway, why would they continue to park all of these extra vehicles in front of a neighbor’s house? There is a family next door who parks all their extra cars in front of my house, leaving the view out of their house unobstructed. This is just plain rude. Park your cars in front of your own house.

On President Trump’s “fire and fury” threat: That’s not a threat. That’s a promise. That’s what good people do to bullies. They make promises. They don’t threaten. God, guns and guts made America free. Bullies are everywhere, and we have to deal them. Nam vets know that more than anybody.

Probably no one would have anticipated the mentality of the current North Korean leader if Harry Truman and the politicians had acted on Douglas MacArthur’s recommendations. We may very well not be discussing North Korea’s threat today.

On anniversary of Republicans disinviting Trump: It’s almost time for the annual Labor Day Walworth County Fair again. Last year, all the top Wisconsin Republicans held a little get-together at the fair, and they told Donald Trump not to attend. I wonder if the same message will be held again this year. I find it ironic that Republicans would honor a Labor Day holiday, don’t you?

On Saturday photos of 1913 locomotive: I’m calling about Gazette photographer Anthony Wahl’s pictures of the steam engine that made a stop in Janesville. Anthony, the pictures are absolutely awesome, and I hope some place along the line you win an award for them. They are just absolutely marvelous. Thanks for sharing.

On proposed funding cut: So the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is upset with the reduction in funding for 2018. Just wondering how much you would have to increase the license fee for dogs and cats in the city of Janesville to restore the funding to the prior amount.

On violence in Charlottesville, Va.: This is the lead from the Sunday Associated Press story, “A car plowed into a group of people peacefully protesting a white national rally Saturday in a Virginia college town...” Remember the words “peacefully protesting” and then look at the picture alongside of it: a protester using a homemade flamethrower against a person who was lawfully exercising his First Amendment rights.

There wouldn’t have been any riot if the first group of idiots that showed up had simply been allowed to protest, which is their right under the Constitution. A second group of idiots had to show up, and then we had a riot. So, of course, the newspaper blames only one group of the idiots because they don’t like that group of idiots as much as the other group of idiots.

Not all Republicans are Nazis, but all Nazis are Republican.

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