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Our Views: Rock County right to seek outside look at highway services
The study likely has county highway employees on edge and officials in the 13 towns with county contracts nervous, too.
Thumbs Up/Down for Monday, Jan. 12, 2015
Thumbs Up to fewer traffic deaths in 2014, to helping our "feathered friends" and to the Barn Cat Adoption Program; Thumbs Down to more closed caucus meetings.
Our Views: Closing of fitness center refuels Janesville debate about downtown parking
A 2013 city study found that once the plaza is gone, parking west of the river would be deficient within 400-foot walking distances. A surplus would exist within 800 feet.
Our Views: Death investigations in Rock County get dose of professionalism
No qualifications were required to be elected coroner. Between elections, the position lacked accountability, as Rock County saw repeatedly.
Our Views: Josh Smith seems primed for steady leadership of Rock County government
Josh Smith worked as Craig Knutson’s assistant from 2005-10, and if Smith can match Knutson’s best attributes, he will serve the county well.
Our Views: Recycling uptick in city of Janesville deserves applause
Collections averaged 150 pounds per person for the year, above the 145-pound statewide figure. Keeping reusable material out of our landfill helps stretch its useful life.
Our Views: Do not oust state's high-court justices before terms end
At the least, Republicans want Shirley Abrahamson ousted as chief justice. They would do so by amending the state constitution.
Our Views: State lawmakers should update formula for shared revenues
Janesville crunched the numbers and found its share third lowest among 14 cities with populations between 150,000 and 30,000.
Thumbs Up/Down for Monday, Jan. 5, 2015
Thumbs Up to J.B. Van Hollen's reversal, to Paul Hocking and to Feeding Walworth County; Thumbs Down to problems filing for jobless benefits.
Our Views: Performance pay plan for Janesville teachers is good if it’s fully developed
Evaluating teachers isn’t an exact science. Student test scores are only one part of the equation.