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Sound Off for Sunday, Dec. 10: Monterey Hotel, stolen decorations and the Journal Sentinel

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Compiled by Gazette staff
Sunday, December 10, 2017

On the Monterey Hotel: It says in Tuesday's paper (Page 6A) the city's building and development services issued a condemnation order on the former Mercy Manor, so they had to tear it down. How come the city doesn't do that for the Monterey Hotel?

On stolen decorations: The Grinch is back. Christmas decorations stolen and sold on Craigslist or Facebook. Targeting expensive decorations, especially inflatables, and theme characters near UW-Rock County. Shame on thieves, bah humbug.

On drug problems in Rock County: I'm calling about the article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday about the drug use in Janesville, which is very shocking as I live here. I feel sorry for the policemen and the fire department people who have to put up with this stuff. It also shows you the jobs that we have around here since GM left are the working poor. Gov. Scott Walker has failed us. I love Janesville, and I love Wisconsin, but we need a heck of a lot better leaders.

On Thursday editorial, “Outsiders get the region's story wrong again”: Regarding The Gazette's response to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's well-researched and well-written article about Rock County's struggle with opioids and economic problems, when will The Gazette take off the blinders and drop the pom-poms?

On President Trump: He wants to be a ruling dictator like his heroes. It's the last thing for a 71-year-old overweight man who has nothing but his mouth left. As we all see, he doesn't take intelligent advice from anyone. Congress and the Senate has to do something about Trump's chaos, or the Republican Party will die. It cannot last on lies alone.

--Can you imagine what kind of shape this country would be in with Hillary running the country? You really don't want to know.

On First Lady Melania Trump: When Laura Bush was first lady, she had a staff of six people. Michelle Obama came in and raised that to 24 people. Melania Trump has just cut that back to four people. This is why the Trumps have so much money, because they don't waste it.

On Trump's North Korea response: We had a Sound Off caller who was angry because President Trump will only say, 'We're going to take of it,' in response to the threat from North Korea. Dear Mr. Sound Off caller, I realize you might think it's a brilliant strategy to tell your enemy what you're going to do before you do it since Barack Obama engaged in this behavior for eight years, but I suggest you Google the term, 'element of surprise,' and it might clear it up for you.

On Supreme Court upholding travel ban last week: This ruling was seven to two. There's four conservatives, four liberals and one moderate on the court, so even half of the liberals couldn't with a straight face pretend that Trump doesn't have this authority since it's explicitly written out in the Constitution.

On sending women into combat: If women are in these units, they might have second thoughts when time comes to burn down a village or kill the babies.

On tax plan's effects on seniors: Everyone is talking about the rich, the middle class and the poor and what it means to them. Supposedly the middle class will get a raise if companies invest in their employees. Who is thinking about the forgotten group called seniors who are living on a fixed income? Last I heard, Medicare was going up and with more deductibles. Will our pensions be affected? What about our 401Ks that we draw on? Nobody talks about us.

On Wednesday Sound Off comment about Big Ten conference: Setting the record straight, both Wisconsin and Ohio State had stronger strength of schedules than Alabama, who chose to play that powerhouse Mercer. Wisconsin won more games than Alabama, had a better record, won their division and played in a conference championship game. Alabama did none of these but was rewarded by the perception the SEC is better than the Big Ten. Who's the better team? We will never know, but all the data points to Bucky.



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