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Len Shipman: Poop problem not caused by illiteracy

Len Shipman

Certainly the failure of some dog owners to properly dispose of their dog’s poop is a problem of legitimate concern. However, it is not a problem of illiteracy. Are smokers illiterate because they fail to abide by the Surgeon General’s warning on cigarette packages? Are speeders illiterate because they fail to obey speed limits? How many Commandments are violated daily, even by people who consider themselves devote? Are they illiterate? My rec center posts rules throughout the building urging people to take their phone calls to the lobby, to limit their aerobic machine time to 30 minutes, to use only the outside lane for running, etc. These rules are ignored by some folks. Are they illiterate? Unlikely. In fact, if we follow Mr. Kryshak’s logic, all criminals must be illiterate. Laws are written. When someone violates a law, is it because he or she is illiterate? Of course not!

This brings us to the real cause of uncollected dog poop: irresponsible people. Dogs should not be blamed. Too many people see dogs as the problem, and that really ticks me off.

As a dog owner who bags the stinky stuff with religious fervor, I, too, am perturbed by other owners who don’t pick up after their dogs. I’m not alone. My wife has handmade signs she places along side the little piles of offending poop urging owners to “Be Responsible.” Indeed, she and a neighbor go around the neighborhood each spring scooping up the treasures left by dog owners over the winter. It was poop in the winter when they left it there, it was poop when snow covered it, and it is still poop now after the snow has melted.

The problem of dog poop is a microcosm of other problems in our society. It has virtually nothing to do with literacy and everything to do with individual responsibility.

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