For clues as to how Invenergy's proposed 250-megawatt solar farm straddling the border of Rock and Walworth counties might unfold, watch closely events in Iowa County, where the same company wants to develop a 300-megawatt farm.

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Law enforcement agencies across the United States have been grappling with statistics showing racial disparities in arrests and incarceration rates, and so similar findings for Rock County should be viewed in a wider context. The disparities highlighted in Sunday's front page story by Gazette reporter Frank Schultz would be more concerning if Police Chief David Moore wasn't a leader in improving race relations between his officers and the minority community.

A power struggle or miscommunication, maybe both, have put the Walworth County Drug Court in danger of ending. We're not sure we completely understand the dispute, but one thing we do know: This program is a critical tool in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

Thumbs up to Rep. Bryan Steil holding listening sessions, to YMCA Board of Directors bringing back three former board members, to barring political ice sculptures from competitions. Thumbs down to Foxconn changing its plans.

YMCA of Northern Rock County CEO Tom Den Boer is wielding a lawyer, and he's not afraid to sue. That's how we interpret Den Boer's defiant statement Saturday, his first public remarks since The Gazette began reporting nearly a month ago on concerns about a lack of transparency at the Y and Den Boer's treatment of Y members and members of the board of directors.

The partial federal government shutdown, while unprecedented in length, has been a relative nonevent in the Janesville area. But what if this shutdown were more local, affecting only Janesville? How long would it take residents to notice the effects?

Thumbs down to Congress taking paychecks, family's drunken-driving legacy. Thumbs up to judge striking down early voting limits, footbridge coming in $500,000 under estimates.

Fear not: Schools using Raptor ID's visitor identification management system are keeping kids safe by keeping out sex offenders. That's part of the sales pitch offered on the company's website and a key takeaway from news stories on the website about the product. We hope it doesn't lull the public and schools into a false sense of security.

An ambitious Janesville resident, Richard Snyder, has drafted plans for building tiny homes for homeless people, and whether the city of Janesville pursues his plans or others like them doesn't really matter. What matters is for city officials to recognize a new approach to homelessness is needed.

Three major stories-- downtown Janesville revitalization efforts, the 1st Congressional District race and the UW-Whitewater chancellor's resignation--helped form this year's list of top newsmakers.

UW-Whitewater Chancellor Beverly Kopper had to go and not only because of her lack of candidness regarding allegations of sexual harassment leveled at her husband. We still haven't learned what she knew and when she knew it.

The community mourns whenever it loses longtime volunteers, as it did this past month for Clarence Schultz and James Peter Kealey. Their passing creates a void, and we wonder if it will ever be filled.

A proposed Federal Communications Commission rule would give cable companies more authority over how much they pay municipalities in franchise fees, and that can mean only one thing. If this rule passes, cable companies will be paying less.

Thumbs up to deal to continue brewing Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. Before flannel-wearing, bearded millennials from Portland, Oregon, made it a "hipster" beer, Pabst Blue Ribbon was a workingman's brew. It was for hard, calloused hands in the Midwest, not touchscreen-nimble fingers on the West Co…

For the first time in many years, Wisconsin has an opportunity to govern from the center. The Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers could decide to rise above tribal politics and work together for the common good. That would be a refreshing change.

Anybody who's attended a musical at Parker High School or play at the Janesville Performing Arts Center knows this town has a passion for theater. That passion also explains why JPAC and ARISEnow raised in a flash $450,000 toward its $500,000 goal to replace JPAC's decades-old production equipment and grow its youth programs.

DeeDee Golberg has 23 more horses at her property than town of Janesville zoning allows. A similar thing happened a few months ago to Porsche and Jonathan Kettelhut, owners of a different rescue facility. But there are distinctions between the two cases, and we hope the town board demonstrates flexibility in dealing with Golberg.