A 'different' Janesville
I sat down and watched 'As Goes Janesville' on Monday night. Afterwards, I wished I'd watched 'Castle' instead of turning on PBS. Maybe I expected more or maybe I expected less politics. Whatever the case, I felt really underwhelmed after the hour-long docudrama concluded. I've written I feel Janesville is 'still going'. It's different but it's still going.
There was a point in time when I'd take vacation time from work so I could head out of town. Today, I have to take a day off in order to stay in Janesville. It's 'different'. The city could always count on workers from 'the plant' to help with food drives or other days of service. Today, the city counts on those from throughout the community. It's 'different'.
If there was venting that needed to be done, it was easy to lay blame (or praise) on Industrial Drive and those who worked on the inside. Today, that venting and praise has spread to health facilities, school districts and several key industries in our city. It's 'different'.
'As Goes Janesville' focused on a handful of people and showed how they had to adjust to make sure they continued to provide. Life in Janesville isn't the same. Is it good, bad, fair or unfair? Ah, I just find it different and that's fine with me.
How's your Janesville going?
Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.