None of my dog-involved friends commit the offenses for which Andy Moore indicts his (and my) east-side neighbors ("Close to Home," 5/22/09). This says to me that if I would just befriend the crowds whose illegally off-leash companions are daily tearing up the restored Yahara River Parkway near the Rutledge Street bridge or befriend the people who act as if my garden were a doggie litter box, then those behaviors would cease and peace would guide the planet.
We'll work it out somehow, as friends do; then we can all do the happy dance and get back to freeing Tibet.
Don't worry, this is not a response from an angry dog owner offended by Andy Moore's comments about their lack of responsibility. Frankly, I couldn't focus on the column topic once I came across this line: "Like those who throw the race card to reset the table of any argument, dog owners...."
This seemingly offhanded comment implies two troubling beliefs: (1) that racism no longer exists and harms society, because (2) the only reason someone would bring up race would be to get out of an argument.
Andy Moore replies: I believe racism and its cruel byproducts exist and do immeasurable harm. With regard to my specific comment, I meant nothing of what you suggest, only that people sometimes use unfair tactics in an argument.
I am appalled at the courts for hiring Dane County Deputies Brian Harter and Brenda Haney to do the dirty work by throwing people out of their homes because of foreclosure ("Evicted," 5/22/09). People who are forced out of their homes do have rights. Landlords should not evict people just because they are unable to pay their rent; it is because they are unemployed and don't have the money. The courts should try to help people with their problems, not just throw them out on the streets.