November 7, 2013

Letters to the editor: Turning a blind eye to warming threat

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Waves pound a lighthouse on the shores of Lake Erie near Cleveland on Oct. 20, 2012. It is unusual for 20-foot waves, large surges and tropical-force winds to be recorded in the Great Lakes for a coastal tropical storm, but it happened with Superstorm Sandy.

The beautiful Memorial Park sign by the entrance at Sawer Road was totally demolished.

The restrooms have been trashed.

The ramps at the skate park were spray-painted with graffiti twice.

Tree branches on the young memorial trees have been broken off several times.

Figure-eight car ruts were made in the lawn on the west end.

Every one of these incidents were reported by me to Stephen Quirk, facilities manager of Community Services as soon as they were discovered. Mr. Quirk gave me his cell number so he could be notified immediately in hopes that it all could be stopped and the beautiful park could be kept pristine and free from damage.

Now, I ask you, “Who really should be on a leash in our town parks?”

Chuck Horton

Scarborough

Think again, Scarborough; dogs on beach need a leash

I love dogs. I care for them at the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County every Monday morning. I know dogs.

They chase moving objects, including piping plovers.

The people of Scarborough must rethink their desire to let dogs run loose on the beach. Piping plovers, an endangered species, live on the beach; dogs do not.

Humans have taken a dog/piping plover issue and made it theirs. Piping plover habitat is in critical condition mostly because of human indifference. On Cape Cod, humans want to drive their four-wheelers over piping plover habitat. Pathetic.

Dogs are adaptive to their surroundings; more and more, humans are proving they are not.

Take your dogs to a dog park (if you don’t have one, build one, and the dogs will come). I hope the people of Scarborough vote down this reconsideration.

Keeping your dogs on-leash at all times on the beach also helps you keep track of their feces (so you can pick it up).

Humans consider themselves “the thinking species.” I implore Scarborough residents to think about it: The beach is the piping plover’s only habitat. Dogs are not the issue here – humans are.

Words from my mother: “You want what you want when you want it.” Exactly, and as I learned through trial and error, it was not always the safest, most compassionate or fairest way to think. Nowadays it is called “instant gratification,” and it stinks where other Earth species are concerned. Just ask a piping plover.

Jackie Freitas

Friendship

 

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