Thumbs down to deluge of candy before Halloween. Thumbs up to Franklin Middle School cellphone policy, new crosswalk signal near the Hedberg Public Library and $450,000 award in Sandy Hook defamation suit.

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The Milton School District claims its decision last week not to say anything more about a group of students forming an "offensive symbol" is about protecting student confidentiality. But we doubt student confidentiality is the real issue here.

Thumbs down to sympathy for Beloit teens convicted of sexual assault, to state Senate majority leader embracing tariffs. Thumbs up to new prosecutors for Rock and Walworth counties, Missy Long and a would-be hero.

The final straw for us was the July conviction of Nathan L. Leopold for killing David P. Leck, 70, in a head-on crash in 2017. That’s the second time Leopold, a Janesville man, killed somebody while driving under the influence. In 2002, he killed a 28-year-old woman jogging along the side of…

Thumbs down to Evansville school officials skipping forum, to Beverly Kopper's mysterious paid leave. Thumbs up to to leaving alone the public comment period, liquor license recommendation for movie theaters.

Left to his own, Trump is likely to push the U.S. economy toward a recession. He needs to be restrained for the nation's sake, and only Congress can do it. Congress can limit the damage the Trump administration can do to the economy. But it needs to act fast.

Thumbs up to approval of rental housing plan. A plan to build 115 apartments near the intersection of Woodman Road and Mount Zion Avenue cleared the plan commission last week and heads to the city council for final approval. As many Janesville residents know, the rental market is extremely t…