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The July 7 story, “Schools struggle with how to teach about slavery” (Page 12B), deserves a review. “Teaching about slavery is hard," says the Southern Poverty Law Center. After all these years of rising illiteracy, one would hope schools would finally focus on reading in kindergarten, not s…

Every citizen is entitled to live in safety. Home ownership is not a prerequisite. Whether you own your home, rent one or live in your vehicle, one should be able to be safe. Providing a safe place for those who are homeless is an obligation, just as is providing safety for homeowners. In ei…

Wisconsin has an opportunity. The Republicans are concerned about the governor having power to create spending in the budget with a veto. While I fully agree with Gov. Tony Evers that education funding should be increased, I agree with the Republicans that it should not have been possible fo…

It is appropriate that the truth about Paul Ryan is being exposed, not only by Donald Trump but by other significant sources. It's absurd for Ryan to call out Trump for knowing nothing about government because Trump is second to none on implementing his policies, and Ryan couldn't even make …

United Way Blackhawk Region is proud to serve as part of the Finding Opportunities to Collaborate and Unite Services (FOCUS) coalition, and we applaud the efforts of this multidisciplinary team, as it works to identify innovative strategies to address homelessness in our community. As we’ve …

Concerning the pier at the ARISE Town Square, it looks like the law of unintended consequences strikes again! They put a child magnet, the "Bubbler," a stone's throw from the steps down to the river with a pier, and no one thought, "Uh, could something bad happen?" So now we need a "study" t…

This past week has been remarkable in miraculous news. A child was swept away by the Rock River but did not drown. Instead, he was rescued and brought to safety. When I read that story, I thought, 'I told you so!' It is because I have been telling everyone I know that the new ARISE Town Squa…

The term “overnight parking” the city is using to push a change in ordinance is misleading. This sounds like it would allow tired travelers from the Interstate to park temporarily. This also does not clarify that this change in ordinance would allow homeless people to sleep at Palmer Park 10…

I would like to thank the impressive Badger Chordhawks and their extremely talented director, Christopher Smith, for their performance July 3 at Courthouse Park in Janesville. They lived up to and beyond expectations, even performing in the rain. It was a beautiful performance.

Free health care as a human right is prominent in discussions leading up to the 2020 election. Our Constitution guarantees the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The government cannot kill you or lock you up without due process. So far as possible, the government is to leav…

To help the homeless, the GIFTS Men’s Shelter concept is our answer, not providing parking lots and restrooms at our parks. You do not want to encourage people to live in their cars, which will then require living in tents when the hot weather arrives here. Cars, tents, food boxes and trash …

Letter writer Alice Hessenauer found The Gazette’s June 24 cartoon about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez portraying her as an airhead appalling. Considering Ocasio-Cortez’s previous comment about climate change destroying the world in 12 years and her more recent hysterical emoting, supposedly whil…

Wisconsin crime victims recently got a huge victory thanks to Sen. Steve Nass, Reps. Cody Horlacher and Don Vruwink and other legislators who overwhelmingly supported a bipartisan victims’ rights constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. The amendment now moves to a statew…

I commend The Gazette for reporter Jim Dayton’s June 18 story on Chief Black Hawk and Tuesday's editorial on the same subject. The downtown mural wouldn’t mean much to a lot of people without your supporting articles providing an historical perspective on the plight of Black Hawk and the Sau…

On a recent trip to New York City, I had an opportunity to visit and tour the childhood home of Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president. The home was filled with some of his personal belongings along with displays of his lifetime accomplishments, both as a citizen and government employee. We …

Stage One’s debut of “The Great Plan of Happiness” on Friday, including the attendance of its playwright, Mindy Curtis, was a privilege to watch. Every single one of the actors nailed their parts and the set, sound and lighting all synced together to send a real message to us, the audience. …

Your Tuesday story, “Who was Black Hawk?”, mentioned Blackhawk Golf Course but not the nearby two-sided historical marker titled “The Black Hawk War” and “Black Hawk’s Grove.” But your Aug. 3, 2001, issue carried an article, “Remember Black Hawk: New marker tells story,” about its unveiling.