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Tue., Aug. 16, 2011, 6:44 a.m.

Stepping in some feedback on a column

A reader took issue with the recent suggestion that Spokane's parks might become dog latrines if the city had a significantly larger human population.

She thinks the opposite is true. Her argument hinges on the assertion that, if Spokane had a much bigger population, peer pressure to pick up after one's pets would be far greater.

Right now, certain people think nothing of treating parks as toilets for their dogs, she said. But if Spokane were a bigger city, that selfish behavior simply would not be tolerated.

Why? Because if 10 times as many people let dogs do their business in parks (and didn't pick up after them) our civic greenspace would soon be unusable. There would be, she suggested, a civic uproar.

Anyone acting irresponsibly in this regard could pretty much count on being loudly called on it by any and all onlookers.

Be nice if that were the case now.      

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