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Thumbs up to Janesville police's relationship with minority community, finding a way to display 4-Hers' work, Wisconsin Elections Commission compromising. Thumbs down to school board approving spring coaches pay.

"Alone together," the unofficial slogan of the coronavirus pandemic, isn't only about the mere need for social distancing to slow the virus' spread. It is also about doing what we can to save our hard-hit local businesses.

As of this moment, the three government entities operating in Janeville--Rock County, the city and schools district--haven't furloughed or laid off anyone. That's likely a mistake. Officials should begin identifying positions to cut, furloughing employees deemed nonessential or reducing their work hours.

Tensions among the business community, lawmakers and public health officials have been rising as the group struggles to figure out how to reopen the state's and nation's economy. Everyone agrees the economy must reopen, but the question is how to go about it.

If you have visited a grocery store or another essential business in recent days, you perhaps noticed most people in Janesville still aren’t wearing face masks. Maybe you’re one of these people and think masks aren’t necessary.

Local school districts should be doing more than encouraging students to wash their hands as the number of coronavirus cases increases nationwide and in this state. School officials should be requiring it.