On Friday story, “Help needed” (Page 1A): Companies would not need as many new employees if they would try to be more flexible with the employees that they already have, especially those that are aging out of the workforce. A lot of us would like to go from 40 hours to 30 and then down to 20, which was not allowed at my last place of employment. Also, job sharing for working parents would be very helpful.
On parking on sidewalks: This has to do with the city having sidewalks so people who are walking through neighborhoods have a safe place to walk, but yet you can drive just about any street in Janesville, and there are cars parked over the sidewalks. The way to stop that is like they do in Madison. If a policeman sees that, he stops his car. He doesn’t wait for a citizen to call him and tell him that somebody is breaking the law. They’re kind of self-acting policemen in Madison. They just go ahead and do their job. Our police need to do their job. They go by these sidewalk violations every day, but they don’t stop.
On outdoor music in town of Fulton: This is in regard to The Anchor wanting outdoor music hours extended (Thursday, Page 3A). I really hope the town board holds true to their not wanting to extend this. I live near The Anchor, and I hear their music just fine, and it’s not always very welcome.
On students marching for gun control: On Thursday, you had a big story about the kids marching from Madison (Page 1A). When do the kids march to the full-time abortion clinic in Madison to protest killing innocent babies? Have they ever looked into how many millions, especially African-American babies, have been murdered since the 1970s Roe versus Wade decision? They never got the chance to go to school at all.
- The young people who marched for their lives are doing what politicians are deeply afraid to do. They are standing up to a corrupt gun lobby and calling out those who take their bloody donations. This includes ever-weak Paul Ryan, whose legislative record includes an ‘A+’ rating from the far-right NRA.
- The Parkland High School students are very upset about the recent shooting in their school and rightly so and want solutions like gun control. But they’re against other common-sense policy changes like wearing see-through backpacks. Let’s be honest and see this for what it is: Using children in an attempt to start banning guns.
- Let’s take away the Secret Service from the politicians and make them all go to concealed carry for protection and see if they like to go to work and live in fear each day. What would be the problem? They have their guns.
- London reports there has been a dramatic surge in knife crime. In March alone, there were 22 murders by knives. They now are talking about banning knives. England already has strict gun control, so now they’re turning to knives. Perhaps somebody should tell them it is not the weapon that is the problem but the intention of the person wielding it that matters.
On distracted driving: Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center estimate more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries. Do the high school children of our country know that 10 teenagers are killed every day because of texting while driving? How about a crackdown on that and maybe a few marches to ban cellphones.
On voting problems: I was wondering where I would go to find someone to send me an absentee ballot so I can vote. I’m crippled with arthritis. I cannot get out, and I have called everyone. I have signed the papers. I’ve done everything. I’ve had someone take me to meetings, and I still don’t have an absentee ballot for the voting Tuesday. I would like to know who I should call for this purpose.
On Sunday story, “A dream unfilled?” (Page 1A): In response to the Gazette front page, “Blacks largely left out among high-paying jobs,” I wonder if the author has ever saw a pro football, basketball or baseball game. I wish I could have had one of those low-paying jobs.