On A new machine to fight park geese
A total waste of money. How much are we going to spend to pay someone to operate this thing? As with dogs or kayaks or anything else chasing them off, the geese only fly to the other side of the park and return as soon as the harassment leaves.
Most lakefront land owners that want to keep geese out of their yard use a rope (actually baler twine) tied between wood stakes that is about 8" off the ground along the waterfront. It works, it's cheap and it will keep the geese away.. Yes, the downside is there would be maintenance to keep it in place (mostly from vandals kicking it over) We can certainly afford to pay someone to look over a string fence once a week if we can afford to pay someone to run this remote controlled thing that will only chase the geese to the other side of the park.
On Study: Wis. lags in sharing mental health records
I am all for mental health background checks for a gun purchase. The problem I see is when you go to a Dr. you are assured that they keep your records private. This is because of laws protecting your HIPPA rights. How will background checks be performed without violating HIPPA rights?
On Janesville City Council delays decision on parks' summertime dogs ban
Interesting that this story is out this morning.. Dog sought after bite on Janesville bike trailBy FRANK SCHULTZ Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 9:56 p.m.
JANESVILLE—Police are asking for the public’s help to find a dog that bit a woman around 8:10 a.m. Thursday.
The incident took place on the city’s bicycle trail, along the west side of the Rock River, under the Veterans Memorial Bridge.
The dog is described as a tan, brown and black, medium-sized Labrador/chow mix. It had a collar that might have been green with no tags.
The woman was treated and released at a local hospital, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 608-755-3100 or Rock County’s 911 center at 608-757-2244.
Kathy Snyder is a prime example why dogs should not be allowed in the parks. She obviously doesn't understand that Rockport park trails are off limits to dogs and also walkers when there is snow on the trails for cross country skiing. She is probably one of the many people that I see ruining the tracked cross country ski trails that the friends of Rockport park work so hard to maintain.
I also see many people walking dogs there in the summer when I mountain bike those same trails. I guess I should be able to bike in the dog parks. Oh, that's right, dogs and bikes don't mix.
While the council is at it, please consider banning the extendable leashes so many people use. There is an ordinance to only have a 6' leash. I cant tell you how many people use the 20 foot extendable ones. They are a menace to me on a bike when I meet someone with the long leash, the dog on one side of the trail, the owner on the other. Where am I supposed to go?
Keep the ban the way it is. There are plenty of places for dog walkers to use including the hundreds of miles of city sidewalks!
On Should city allow dogs in parks?
IF,,, all dog owners picked up after their dogs and kept them on a 6' leash, then allowing them in the parks all year would be fine. Unfortunately, a few of them don't so they spoil it for others. I vote an astounding NO!
On Janesville City Council to consider allowing dogs in parks, trails all year long
I vote no! Most people agree that if the dog owners are following the rules, dogs could be allowed on the trails. Unfortunately, too many owners are not "good" pet owners. They have spoiled it for everyone. I bike the trail and see way too many people violating the 6' leash law. I have no idea if the dog on the end of a 20' retractable leash is going to run across the trail in front of me. It is unsafe for myself and also the dog. There are also too many dog owners that wont pick up after their dog.
I also cross country ski at Rockport park. There is a rule that no one is allowed to walk on the ski trails. It is unbelievable how many people are walking their dogs (and also just people walking) on the trails. The group "Friends of Rockport Park" spend a lot of time, effort and money to groom the trails only to have walkers tramp all over them and ruin them. This shows how inconsiderate people are for us skiers. The dogs don't ruin the trails, the problem is the foot prints that the people leave. That is the first place the snow melts to the ground and shortens ski season. The ski season is very short and to have some inconsiderate people ruining it is just plain inconsiderate.
There are dog parks made just for people to run their dogs. If your dog doesn't fit in there, it certainly doesn't belong on the bike trails. I vote NO!
On Park booze ban could go in Janesville
I don't have an opinion about allowing alcohol in the parks ( I could care less) but if the reason is to raise money, it a bad idea. I am guessing it will cost the city more than $3000 a year for the added police presence and other things due to the consumption of alcohol. It doesn't take long for little things to add up to more costs to the city. Bad idea!
On Poll: Many say let illegal immigrants stay in US
Janesvillean; "that keeps our supply of young working age adults stable."
Last I knew, one of the biggest problems facing The US is unemployment. How is adding to our supply of working age adults going to help that?
Right now we are depending on Mexico for our national security as the border between the US and Mexico is paper thin. Hopefully Mexico is keeping terrorists out of their country because if they get in there, its an open door to the US. We need to keep anyone out of our country unless they get here legally.
On Combination snarls traffic
The problem is that the new LED lights don't generate enough heat to melt off the snow. Its funny that we might have to pay someone to scrape them off so we can save money by using them.
On GM to buy back 200M shares as part of gov't exit
Regardless of what the union haters say, the bottom line is the bailout of the auto industry (and the banking industry) SAVED the taxpayer money. Add it up, put 1 million people out of work. For every $1000 you have to pay them for benefits, that is one billion dollars. For every $1000 they don't pay in taxes because they are out of work, that is another billion. Look at it any way you want, it SAVED the taxpayer money even if GM doesn't pay back another dime. It also helped keep us out of the next great Depression. Garyprimer has it spot on, we would be looking back at 08 as the good old days compared to what we would be in today had we gone into a real depression.
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