On What’s up with Ryan and Knilans and possible appearances?
If he had another campaign event that caused postponement for the debate, then why didn't the campaign manager actually comment on when & where is was so his supporters could attend. Personally, I think that a debate against the opponent would have been a wiser choice to attend because of the potential of winning over uncommitted voters then attending an event with supporters who have already made their choice, if that indeed was the reason for the cancellation. Although the campaign manager should have had Joe's schedule in front him rescheduling the debate immediately rather than saying that they would decide when at a later date. By saying that, they are giving no respect to Deb for possible conflicts with scheduling an event in the future as the election gets closer and closer.
On Where in the world is JOE KNILANS?
John Eyster is listed as a community blogger in the blogger list which leads me to believe he is not a staff member of the Gazette. To me punishing the Gazette for what he has to say as part of Freedom of the Speech is not an appropriate action.
He is allowed to post his opinions and comments even though they don't necessarily agree with yours as his rights under the Freedom of Speech.
On GM plant becomes political football
916WI said:"He spoke of government support with his statement to the GM Janesville assembly employees, "government is there to support you and give you the assistance you need to re-tool and make this transition"..A government that he took control of along with his party taking control of both the house and the senate in the same year that GM was "restructured" with $80 billion of taxpayer dollars. My question to you is what attempts did he make to make good on that pledge to the Janesville assembly workers. Please give specific examples......."
I think BO was talking more about GM in general on how it would be able to keep plants open in general with this statement. The truth is the SUV's were no longer hot sellers in 2008 and GM no longer needed the capacity of 2 plants producing these vehicles. So they had to made a business decision to keep one of the plants open which was in Arlington, Texas. So it was choice between 2 US cities on which plant should remain open and which should be closed. The Arlington plant was definitely newer than the one here in Janesville which was the oldest plant within GM at the time. Even though it was retooled many times over the years, the energy efficiency and upkeep of a older plant like that would definitely be more costly than a newer plant that had been built more energy efficient from the start. Just think of your own home, as the years go by, it tends to need more and more repairs. That was what was happening with the Janesville plant making it harder and harder to compete with other plants that were newer. If BO would have fought with GM about keeping the Janesville facility open and forced it on them, he would have had the people in Arlington, Texas upset because the plant closed just like the Janesville people are upset because the plant closed here. It would have been a no-win situation for Obama to get involved in which plants to keep open because GM was making a choice between 2 (and eventually more) US cities on which plants to keep open. It is similar to business decisions other companies make when they decide to close a retail store in certain cities and not others. It's just that each retail store does not employee close to the number of employees that the GM plant here had.
Even though the bailout didn't help to reopen this particular plant, it helped GM get through the bankruptcy do that thousand's of GM retirees locally would continue to get their healthcare and pesion benefits. If the pensions would have been turned over to the PBGC, many GM retirees would have lost quite a bit of their pension payments along with all their health care benefits. Janesville would be hurting worse now then we currently hurting if that happened. ..I know someone will comment that those retirees should go out and find a job to supplement their income. But there really aren't that many available locally even now with the current unemployment rate...Also, the bailout helped the industry as a whole, not a particular community. There would have been many more jobs lost nationally to foreign manufactuerers if it hadn't been done.
GM's decision to close the GM plant was decided and announced in the late Summer of 2008 prior to Obama even being elected. The majority of the plant was closed in December, 2008 which was prior to Obama being sworn in. So Obama had absolutely no power to impact the decision. In February 2008, he would have had no way of knowing GM plans and that he was making a false promise. But Ryan is telling a outright lie when blaming the closing on Obama. Since he is KNOWINGLY doing that and did it on national TV last night, what else will / are they lying about?
On Culver's customer service
Your calorie counts were for the 3 piece fish with the cole slaw and fries but at Culvers you can substitute many of the sides free for lower calorie alternatives.
So if you eat the 2 piece cod dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy and side salad without dressing, roll or tarter sauce, it is 1/3 of the calories you sited for a total of:781 calories and 40 grams of fat.http://www.culvers.com/menu-and-nutritio...
At any fast food place, it is about making smart choices. Most do have the options if you look for them. I lost over 150 pounds eating almost entirely fast food. It can be done with smart choices.
On Janesville closes section of parking plaza
If they decide to remove the parking plaza, they definitely need to come up with more all day parking close to that area. There isn't even enough now with all the spots on the plaza for the workers and volunteers in that area!
On One-way to two-way study introduced to council
As I was driving through downtown today on Milwaukee St to get to a meeting I had downtown, I was thinking that the traffic wouldn't go any slower than it is right now even if it was a two way street. It was going 20 mph to 25 mph all the way from Atwood to Jackson where I turned off. That is about the slowest speeds I see anywhere in Janesville.---I agree angled parking downtown would be much nicer than parallel but it isn't worth that much money to convert everything to that. I really don't think change the traffic patterns is going to draw any more business or increase the amount traffic to existing businesses downtown.---I go downtown frequently and am there almost everyday. The people that go downtown now will continue to go downtown regardless of the traffic pattern. The people that aren't going downtown now probably won't be going down any more frequently than they do now.
On Roofers eye up hail-damaged homes
We had several stop by our house. One said they were local and had been in the area for years. Then I check the Better Business Bureau and find out they only formed in May. He claimed we had hail damage on our roof after he got on it and took a couple of pictures. He wanted to be there when the claims adjuster came so that he could convinced them we really had hail damage. -----My parents had contracted out to have a roof replaced on one of their rental properties prior to all this with a local contractor, Double D Builders. So I contacted them and they also got on our roof. They said there were a few spots that had been hit by hail but they didn't think there was enough there for insurance to cover it. I really respect them for giving an honest opinion and not being a storm chaser. That is what I would call reputable.
On Do you support turning a portion of Milwaukee Street in downtown Janesville to two-way?
The keywords here to me as to why I oppose changing it is that they are proposing to change "a PORTION of Milwaukee Street in downtown Janesville to two-way". I think it is really stupid to keep part of it one-way and make another part two-way. I think there will be head on collisions because of traffic going the wrong way in each portion because will forget which section is which. Also, it could be so confusing that people will just avoid it all together.
I actually spend quite a bit of time downtown each week between working out at the Y severa; times a week, going to the library a couple of times a week, volunteering at HealthNet a few times a week and attending Weight Watchers once a week. There is probably only a day or two a week where I am not spending sometime in the downtown area.
I like the way the traffic flows now and don't see a need for it to change. I don't think there is excessive speed which is the reason some of the merchants are saying that they want it to change. They have removed or turned off some of traffic lights recently in the downtown area (Franklin Street, High Street, Acadamy Street, etc.). That really didn't make sense if the merchants are complaining about the speed being too fast already.
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