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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: A roundabout for bicycles? Really?
Only in Madison could planners peddle a plan solely to serve those pedaling bicycles.
Greg Peck: Endl made ultimate sacrifice 70 years ago
An email came from Arizona this week alerting me to the fact that one of Janesville's war heroes made the ultimate sacrifice 70 years ago this month.
Greg Peck: Inside look at country stars at Rock County 4-H Fair
For an inside look at the country music performers at this year’s Rock County 4-H Fair, I turned to Rob West, a disc jockey at Pure Country 99.9 WJVL.

Word Badger

Digging into words we use and how we use them with Gazette reporter Frank Schultz
Girl's writing impresses Word Badger
I recently sat down to be interviewed by a 9-year-old girl.
Word Badger: Corrections courageous
Word Badger takes a look at a corrective sent out by a world-class university.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: Pavelski stops at Jets camp
San Jose Sharks star Joe Pavelski, a part owner in the Janesville Jets, was in town this week.
Xtra Points: Dan Madden reflects on Parker's state baseball berth
Vikings former coach helped guide the team to six state appearances between 1974 and 1992.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: GM, heroes and a career cut short
Best of The Gazette: GM, heroes and a career cut short
GM sales, three local good Samaritans and Milton's Nate Hammon are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Lawsuits, lockers and one man's rare voice
Best of The Gazette: Lawsuits, lockers and one man's rare voice
A rise in retailer lawsuits, a school district's monumental task and a Janesvillian's rare voice are the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Conspiracies, parks and blood tests
Best of The Gazette: Conspiracies, parks and blood tests
Government controversy, an amphitheater plan and a look at the state's toxicology lab are the subjects of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: An about-face on outsourcing
John W. Eyster: An about-face on outsourcing
Almost all candidates take part in political gymnastics, community blogger John W. Eyster writes. Gov. Scott Walker's recent comments about outsourcing are no exception.
John W. Eyster: Secrecy undermines our republic
John W. Eyster: Secrecy undermines our republic
President Barack Obama, who ran on a ticket pledging transparency, has gone on to lead one of the most secretive administrations in decades, blogger John W. Eyster writes.
Eyster: Story shines light on homeless
Eyster: Story shines light on homeless
Community blogger John W. Eyster sends praise to Gazette reporter Neil Johnson for his article about the closure of a homeless shelter in Janesville.

Gen-X in J-ville

With community blogger Steve Knox
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Steve Knox: These three people are making a difference
Community blogger Steve Knox commends three Janesvillians who are making the city a better place.
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Steve Knox: Festival offers food, music, fun—and a cross
Community blogger Steve Knox reminisces about the evolution of Freedom Fest and offers readers a preview of what to expect this year.
Steve Knox: No controversy, just a 'thanks' to teachers
Steve Knox: No controversy, just a 'thanks' to teachers
Looking for more controversy about teachers? You won't find it here. Instead, community blogger Steve Knox offers a simple message to local educators: Thank you.

Glen Loyd videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: Rock County fox kits play on the prairie
Glen Loyd Videos: Rock County fox kits play on the prairie
Local photographer Scott Weberpal spent weeks shooting photos of fox kits playing on the Rock Prairie. Here are the results.
Glen Loyd Videos: The things you'll see at Glen Loyd Island
Glen Loyd Videos: The things you'll see at Glen Loyd Island
Video blogger Glen Loyd offers viewers a look at the sights and sounds of the Rock River island that bears his namesake.
Glen Loyd Videos: Swan parents team up to feed babies
Glen Loyd Videos: Swan parents team up to feed babies
Community blogger Glen Loyd shows viewers a pair of swan parents caring for their brood.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
James Martin: Want to give up your law license? Good luck
It has been said that to leave a gang you must be beaten out. In order to leave the mafia you get a new set of designer shoes and a short one way boat trip. There is allegedly a hotel in California where once you check-in you can never check out.
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
James Martin: Church offers unique experience
The Congregation of The Great Spirit in Milwaukee mixes Catholicism and the traditions, language and culture of the Native American community, blogger James Martin writes.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: The top 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin
Janice Peterson: The top 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin
Garden blogger Janice Peterson takes a stab at listing the 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin, including her personal weed nemesis.
Janice Peterson: Unusual flower specimens
Janice Peterson: Unusual flower specimens
There are so many beautiful flowers, plants, shrubs and trees a gardener can choose from, more than could ever be grown in a lifetime.
Janice Peterson: Just remember—thrillers, fillers, spillers
Janice Peterson: Just remember—thrillers, fillers, spillers
Garden blogger Janice Peterson offers an easy recipe for attractive container gardens.

Ask a Poultry Farmer

Advice from a man with sixty years of experience with chickens, turkeys and waterfowl. With community blogger Dale Wheelock.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: What it takes to raise a champ
Ask a Poultry Farmer: What it takes to raise a champ
What does it take to raise an award-winning bird? Beth Tallon follows her father, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock, at the Rock County 4-H Fair to find out.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Tips for finding right feed for your fowl
Community blogger Dale Wheelock offers some handy tips for finding and formulating feed for your fowl.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Fear the racoon, not the cougar
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Fear the racoon, not the cougar
If you farm birds for long enough, you'll butt heads with predators, community blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Follow this advice to keep your birds safe.