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Guest Column: Contrasting dog tales?

This summer I had the pleasure of attending the Environmental Summit about our beautiful Lake Tahoe. Its splendid blue colors and unparalleled grandeur not only tantalize the native inhabitants, but also claim international adoration and praise.

The gathering was populated by dignitaries, citizens, philanthropists and charity women, who were there to listen to speaker Al Gore. TRPA, local industries, and myriad organizations are involved in keeping the

Tahoe basin pristine.

While Mr. Gore’s speech was in full gear, visitors were letting their dogs run free ­ and the dogs were urinating and defecating onto the shoreline. In fact, I witnessed some women pushing feces into the water, rather than picking it up.

Such negligence increases bacterial content in the water and negates its vivacity. Soon, children were playing in, and a toddler was wading into, the infested water. All the while, Mr. Gore was discussing individual responsibility.

What a pantomime; what a farce; what a shame.

This group, after commissioning studies that cost millions of dollars, made many a lofty promise, but instead they seem to be rather irresponsible about observing and implementing the very necessary measures. With inadequate attention Tahoe water will never reverse its current decline.

After the Summit, I traveled to some popular oceanside spots in California: Big Sur, San Simeon, Carmel, and Morro Bay. There were signs all over the beaches “no dogs allowed.”

They can lace these profound speeches with various slogans that have emotional appeal, but the reality lies in actual application. Both Carnelian Bay and Hidden Beach, close to where I live, seem to be dog bathrooms. The answer could be such a simple feature­ — signs that warn “Dogs on leash, pick up fecal matter or $100 fine.”

It’s elementary my friends … elementary.

Doris Moss is an Incline Village resident.

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