Please, be a responsible animal owner and use leash
The beauty and splendor of Northern Michigan in the summertime is so attractive to so many far and wide. All should have the right to enjoy it as they wish. I have lived here since 1986, and never regretted my move. This little paradise offers all of us, including our pets a slice of heaven. The beautiful beaches, lush landscapes and unbelievable sunsets, keep many of us here, and attracts so many to make this area their haven. I love to watch people, kids and dogs enjoying life. Taking a stroll together, dogs chasing toys, sticks or whatever. These are the simple things in life that give us all so much pleasure. People and their loved ones having fun, just to have fun. This is free to all of us.
Having mentioned the above, it would be nice if all of us put our thinking caps on before grabbing the dog and their leash. Yes, common sense plays a huge role in the quality of fun we can enjoy, and that’s my point in writing this letter. Like above mentioned, dogs are part of our families, and love to join in the fun. Responsible fun. Our dogs cannot just run around in public parks and beaches like they do in our back yards. The simple fact is even though you may have a very friendly pet, someone else’s pet may not be as friendly. It behooves me to no end that people just don’t get that. Every time I am at a public park or some recreational area, a dog may run toward me as their owner watches, saying “Oh he’s friendly, he won’t hurt a fly.” As I scramble to pull my leashed dog toward me, trying to get the words “But my dog is not dog friendly,” out of my mouth. I instantly realize that this is not fun already.
There is a Michigan leash law that all can access easily through the use of the internet. It basically sums up the common sense that we all should apply as responsible pet owners. Yes, it is no fun to limit your dog on a leash, but it is less fun to witness your dog ripped apart by another, and incur unneeded expenses either. Sure, dogs love to play together and I think they should. Unfortunately, not all dogs share that same opinion. This is why it is up to all the pet parents out there to do what’s best for the pet and all the pets that want to share in the splendor of our waters, beaches and parks. Have a great summer.
Dee Zednick, Petoskey
Response to News -Review article about fixing education
I have a comment to make concerning the News-Review’s suggestion that we fix education by asking a beginning teacher, who has financed 4-5 years of college, and who will earn a beginning salary that has not even kept up with inflation, to give up a larger part of that salary to cover more health care costs. Don’t you see, that according to your own figures, it is the health care costs that have quadrupled and have unbalanced this equation, not the barely adequate teacher’s salary? What we need to do in this country is to find a way to provide affordable health care for all, not balance the state budgets on the backs of teachers. A teacher already cannot support a family without supplementing his/her pay with additional jobs.
It is the responsibility of government to devise an economic system that allows all of its workforce to keep up with inflation and enjoy the benefits of modern health care. Our current lawmakers want to take from those barely making it so that the rich can continue to rake in wealth in ways never before imagined. Throughout this state, we need to get back to paying workers a living wage. Teachers are just the tip of the iceberg. Pay and benefits should at least keep up with inflation and lawmakers should be working to repair this broken system for all people who must work to earn their living.
Merry Baxter, Petoskey
Petoskey Rocks! a great time
Congratulations Petoskey for hosting a great Friday night event in downtown Petoskey.
As one of the entertainers that night I want to thank you all for having me but more importantly want to say that I sincerely enjoyed the bagpipes played by Jeff Clark, an employee of County Emmet.
It was surprisingly wonderful to have someone share the amazing and haunting sounds of such an ancient instrument to an already very special evening.
He provided a significant addition to Petoskey’s stroll by contributing sounds of Emmet County’s Irish roots.
Thanks Jeff! Hope to hear you again and thanks Petoskey for a wonderful evening.
Robin Lee Berry, Boyne City