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Sound Off for Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

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August 24, 2014

On Paul Ryan: He can play his violin to us as much as he wants, but he can't change the tune half way through the song to run for president, his string snapped by Ayn Rand and irreparable. Maybe he'd do better playing the spoons because so many kids are hungry.

-- I read the question-and-answer story on Page 10A Wednesday. In his last answer, he says his experience with his alcoholic father gave him a sense of humility and empathy to those who have problems and have made mistakes. Then why has he consistently voted against legislation that might help these folks?

-- Has Ryan had an epiphany? He wants us to believe he is the kinder, gentler politician, but during the 2012 election, Paul and Mitt Romney called us 47 percent of the population the takers of society. Maybe while at church the spiritual hymn “I Saw the Light” affected him. However, if he were elected president, we know the old Paul Ryan would reappear.

On speed control: This is in reference to Page 1A Aug. 18, “Radar on our roads.” I live on North Pontiac Drive, and 40 mph is average. People go by at a lot higher speeds. When I moved to Pontiac Drive, it was 25 mph. Later the city raised the speed to 30 mph. Thank you, city of Janesville. Taxpayers on Pontiac Drive would appreciate more speed enforcement.

On Riverside fest: The Friends of Riverside Park festival last Sunday offered great food, great music, great conversation celebrating the park's revival. Where was The Gazette's coverage of this community event?

On Traxler Park: I was at Traxler last Saturday for the Rotary Corn Fest and Sunday for the Aqua Jays. There is goose poop all over the sidewalks and grass. I can imagine the people who looked at this terrible sight, and for the World Water Ski Tournament in September, countries are coming from all over the world. It's a disgrace to have people see this filth.

On Ferguson: Missouri's governor stated we need justice for the Brown family and an aggressive prosecution in this matter. Excuse me, how about justice for everyone involved and an aggressive investigation in this matter?

-- Regarding the officer who did the shooting, remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. All the other people out there who are looting and breaking the law should definitely be punished to the full extent of the law. They are breaking the law. This is America. We're not a bunch of animals.

On staff leaving Janesville: What's the deal with all the city staff retiring, resigning or going to work for other cities? Soon we'll just have City Manager Mark Freitag and the shortsighted council running this city with no experienced staff to guide them.

On new transit center: It's a beautiful building, and 83 percent paid by state and federal dollars, but I still think we needed to fix roads and install new curbs and gutters. That's part of what the transportation department must do to keep these vehicles on good roads. That is pride in Wisconsin that I haven't seen in many, many years.

On photo ID: In last Sunday's Sound Off, someone says illegal immigrants, not voter fraud, are the real reason for photo ID. Do you know how easy it is to get a phony ID? Ask any teenager. How many pollsters will be able to tell the difference? It's a waste of time and money. The only people it hurts are older people who do not have the wherewithal to get IDs.

-- I wish Attorney General Van Hollen would aggressively attack IDs for firearm purchases as he has for voter registration. When you purchase a firearm at a gun show or flea market, the only ID required is photos of dead presidents on green paper. Isn't that a hoot?

On post office: I went to use that new mailbox they have. I don't know how they expect short people or people who don't own big trucks to reach that mail slot. It's totally ridiculous.

On homelessness: How can a city this size with these spending habits have homeless children? This is a travesty. Start putting priorities toward helping people afford housing. Then you would not have homeless children. It's horrible to open The Gazette and see that we need to buy school supplies for kids, yet we can build a fire station and big bus garage.

On dog bite: In reference to Page 8A Aug. 20, many people are being bitten by pit bulls that are not on leashes or even when the dogs are on leashes. It's just pathetic. When are we going to outlaw pit bulls in the city limits?



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