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Sound Off for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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July 16, 2013

Regarding alcohol use: I’m calling regarding Page 3A Thursday. Locking a refrigerator or liquor cabinet is a start, but until parents and role models of children change their behavior and we get a place for children to go to in Janesville and until we stop seeing articles regarding fourth and fifth offenses driving under the influence, kids will do what they see.

-- Monkey see, monkey do. Until we start reprogramming adults on drinking, we will not reprogram children. When kids see adults drinking, seemingly having a good time, that’s what kids want, a good time. A couple of drinks don’t usually hurt adults, but when they do stupid things and worse, it hurts others. Kids don’t think that can happen to them.

On OWI arrests: How badly broken is our judicial system when we keep reading in The Gazette about people with four, five and more OWI arrests? Can the system ever be fixed?

On fireworks: It was a good decision by the Aqua Jays not to have it over high water on the river, and there was nowhere to have it. Quit complaining. The Aqua Jays do a very nice job and do a lot for the community, and I would like to thank them for all that they have done for Janesville.

On marijuana arrest: I’m calling regarding Page 8A Thursday titled “Coppage pleads guilty to felony charge.” Wisconsin is ruining this young man’s life with felony charges over marijuana, which is legal recreationally in two states and if properly regulated could become a great cash crop and probably good for our economy. Real smart, Wisconsin.

On Zimmerman trial: The president interjected himself when he said, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon (Martin).” Well he can say the same thing about the 70 people who were shot in Chicago last weekend as well as the people who shot them, but you don’t hear him talking about that, do you? He said that for political gain, and I find it reprehensible.

-- I learned in the Army and as a security officer that if you’re armed and a person attacks you anyway, you may assume he is out to kill you, steal your weapon and kill you, and in that case shoot him. My son, who is a police officer, says they are trained to the same standard. I don’t know if Martin attacked Zimmerman, but that was for the court to decide.

-- Look at all the problems Zimmerman has mainly because President Obama put his two cents in. But Obama doesn’t know what happened in Benghazi.

-- The article on Page 6B Saturday ended by saying witnesses gave different accounts of who was on top during the struggle. There was only one eyewitness, and he testified that Martin was on top of Zimmerman pounding on him.

On Asperger’s syndrome: I’m calling about the Racine mother accused of locking up her son who was autistic or had Asperger’s (Page 2A, Friday). I was shocked because I have a 22-year-old grandson who has Asperger’s. He finished high school, went to MATC and is working full time and thinking of getting his own place. Anything is possible with these conditions if proper care is gotten.

On train whistles: On Thursday at 11 p.m., the noise began nonstop and lasted until 2 a.m. the next day. Friday was a workday, and people need their sleep. Surely the city has to do something about this kind of outrage perpetrated on its citizens.

On illegal parking: In the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a lot of senior citizens parking in handicapped zones without handicapped stickers hanging from their mirrors. I don’t believe that just because they’re seniors they have the right to disobey the law. They should be held accountable.

On SpotLight show: Just saw Spotlight on Kids’ production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” It was a fantastic production.

-- In Web Views on Page 4A Friday, someone wrote that it was a shame Bower City Theatre stopped its shows. Well, I just saw SpotLight’s “Joseph” at JPAC, and it was amazing and a fantastic show. The singing, costumes, and action were No. 1. Hard work and effort were apparent. It was great to get out of the house and see something that great.

On abandoned cat: Regarding Saturday’s letter about the abandoned cat who suffered because the town of Rock has no plan, the cat did get help from an individual. That’s wonderful and something we can all do much less expensively than contracting with someone for $50 an hour or $150 per head. It shouldn’t be a governmental responsibility.

On venture capital: Recently, the Legislature passed and Gov. Walker approved a new law providing a small amount of funding for investment activities for new high-growth business ventures. I hope this amount can be increased soon. Only $25 million out of the $65 billion budget is a drop in the bucket.

On Elkhorn power outage: Elkhorn needs to find an electrician who knows how to fix its system. This is the third time in the last few weeks we had a major electrical outage in about half the city.



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