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Even if a police shooting is justified, it is nevertheless a tragic event. Montay S. Penning could still be alive today, except that he was wielding a 9mm handgun and ignored Beloit police officers' instructions to drop the gun before they shot and killed him.

Thumbs down to Gov. Tony Evers' intimidation tactics, UW-Whitewater's sloth-like response to Gazette's open records request, another pointless referendum question. Thumbs up to Democrats' "H.R. 3" chant during the State of the Union.

Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Janesville, fashions himself as a lawmaker willing to dispense with petty partisanship in pursuit of legislation that would benefit his constituents. But so far on prescription drug prices, he's failed to deliver.

Thumbs up to Edward Brown Jr. We normally don't give "thumbs up" to people accused of armed robbery, but the Christmas spirit singled out Brown this year. Janesville police say Brown turned himself in after speaking with a chaplain about his crime. Brown reportedly told police he had committ…

Thumbs down to Cyber Monday. Feel free today to buy from Amazon and other e-commerce websites without any local ties—but then don’t complain about a lack of brick-and-mortar retail options in Janesville. Shopko became the latest Janesville retailer to succumb to the pressures of online retai…

Thumbs up to Adulting 101 classes at Hedberg Public Library, to naming government center after retiring Walworth County administrator, to Janesville Boys & Girls Club's academic plans, to matching gift challenge.