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Opinion: Tahoe-Truckee locals just as much to blame as tourists for dog poop

I am reaching out about the story you guys ran on dog poop, “Poo problems: Tahoe Donner resident proposes solution for dog waste,” on Oct. 4.

I wholeheartedly disagree that tourists are to blame for dog poo that doesn’t get picked up. I’m neither local nor tourist. My family owns a house on Donner Lake, and I have spent an obscene amount of one there for someone who doesn’t live in Truckee.

I have bore witness to umpteen locals (yes, I know who is and who isn’t) walking/hiking with dogs and don’t pick up after them — in town, on trails, etc.

To suggest that tourists are to blame is just lunacy. That is only going to breed further resentment of tourists among locals. Both parties are guilty and both are responsible.

I also distinctly remember having similar thoughts when I read a lot of complaints post July 4 about all the trash that tourists left on beaches. Same thing — it’s not just the tourists.

Brannon Fetzer

Sonoma, Calif.

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