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This year, there are many important elections, one being for Rock County sheriff. This election is between Cpt. Jude Maurer and my dad, Cmdr. Troy Knudson. When considering these candidates, it is important to distinguish between their titles. At the sheriff’s office, a captain is responsibl…

I first met state Rep. Amy Loudenbeck when she knocked on my door on a hot summer day in 2012 to introduce herself. I asked her a lot of questions. She was open and honest in her responses. She shared her strong belief in limited government, conservative fiscal policy and personal responsibi…

It has been a real honor and privilege to be able to participate in this race for the position of Rock County sheriff. Along the trail, I have taken advantage of the opportunity to experience festivals, gatherings and community activities that I never have before. It has really opened my eye…

Older Rock County taxpayers are being referendumed to death. Just as property values reflect increasing demands, the school systems seek to cash in on any increases. It's hard enough to get by if your 65,70 or 80 years old and still trying to live in your own home, let alone pay property tax…

Voters will have the opportunity Nov. 6 to elect a representative who is not bound to political party ideology. Dr. Brittany Keyes will be the independent voice of the 31st Assembly District. She will respond to the needs of her constituents, not necessarily the wishes of out of district par…

Several weeks ago, there was a small blurb in The Gazette about a $130 million reduction in taxes on everybody that pays an electrical bill in Wisconsin due to President Trump's tax policy. It was underreported in this paper and the media, but you can bet that if it had been a $130 million e…

Beware of contractors. The storm that hit the south side of Janesville on May 2 brought confusion and brought storm chasers. The contractor I chose was a smooth talker. My friend and I believed him. Big mistake. The work he performed was substandard. He took more than $6,500, did a poor job …

Last Friday’s inaugural festival street celebration was a wonderful event, which showcased the potential of this new treasure in our city. There were food vendors, Gray Brewing and live music. There were children’s events, such as sand art, pumpkin painting and a bouncy house. The event was …

This afternoon I heard an on-air Donald Trump apologist respond to a question about one of the president’s latest lies with the now-familiar tactic of citing an instance in which Bill Clinton lied. When is someone going to step up and say, “It wasn’t right then and it isn’t right now!”

Gov. Scott Walker has played a major role in harming Wisconsin’s environment and natural resources for eight years. Here are just a few examples: The 2015-17 budget eliminated 16 Department of Natural Resources science services positions. This move resulted in even more environmental and res…

Farmers are the backbone of our communities here in Wisconsin. Sometimes, I think people forget how much farmers matter to our state and national economies. With Wisconsin being one of the top producers of corn, dairy and soybeans, it is great to see Bryan Steil is standing strong for farmer…

If you want a person of good character, one dedicated to his work, honest, a good leader, well organized and interested in serving all the people of Rock County to the best of his ability, please vote for Troy Knudson as sheriff of Rock County. I can vouch for these traits in Troy because he…