Letter: Put a leash on your dog

Published: Saturday, April 19 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

I remember growing up we had some neighbors that were quite friendly but they had a dog that was always a problem — biting, digging and making a mess of other people's yards. While we thought they were nice people, the dog was a persistent problem that ended up causing a rift as they refused to deal with it.

I mention this story because looking at groups across the United States, many of them are made up of very good people, but they refuse to rein in their extremist "dogs" and it causes an ongoing divide between people. The examples are numerous, and the excuses are always the same, that "we should not judge the actions of a group based on the actions of a few."

If you want to be a good neighbor, put a leash on your dog and learn to clean up the messes that they make, otherwise these divides will never get bridged.

Mark Goodwin


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