Being a boater I can sympathize with the boaters needing a place to tie up their ski/pleasure/fishing boats. However, I can also see the point of the day users wanting to use the piers for their enjoyment.
I know it is one thing to complain, however I always say to those who do: What is your solution? I take my own advice.
Public piers are just that ” public. There are a significant number of boaters paying their share of taxes ” launching fees, fuel and state/local tags etc. Could some thought be given to providing mooring buoys, or perhaps adding a couple of boating only piers with cleats? Overnight fees may be charged with time limitation. Boating folks can be reasonable (especially if others are reasonable with them) and willing to pay reasonable fees.
Encourage logical boating use of the lake as well as the other obvious uses. They do this in other lakes as evidenced by one ” Lake Tahoe. Your resident boaters and visitors will appreciate this fairness. It certainly makes more sense than building an edifice for historians and calling it another museum at the other end of this lake. Use those public funds to enhance the enjoyment of the lake.
I just read Katie Shaffer’s commentary on dogs and leashes (“A long leash on life ” or not” Sierra Sun April 1, 2005). I wanted to say that the mentality that her and others may share with not leashing dogs on a walk is quite irresponsible in regards to the current leash laws that are town ordinance, and also quite inconsiderate.
I like dogs, but have little respect for owners who let their dogs, sniff, pee and poop everywhere, as well as allowing the mess caused by uncontrolled dogs on garbage day. People who visit their second homes on the weekends place their garbage out for collection on sunday afternoons, regardless of the pick up day. Often dog owners will try to place the garbage problem blame on bears. Bears do not spread garbage everywhere, nor roll in refuse, dogs do.
I am so tired of irresponsible dog owners with lackadaisical attitudes towards the actions of their pets. I suggest that Katie and others change their attitude towards having their dogs on a leash as the exposure to legal liability and risk is great, considering the litigious nature of our society.
To me Katie seems like just another irresponsible ‘kid’ with a dog in the Tahoe area.
Putting aside the danger to your dog (hit by a car, bit by a strange dog, mauled by wild animals, contact with an ill or diseased animal, shot by some screwball or just gets lost), the danger to my leashed dog (a leashed dog often sees an unleashed dog as a threat), the danger to me (walking with or without my leashed dog), the danger to the driver of a vehicle and the danger to wildlife, I can see it makes life easier for Katie (“A long leash on life ” or not” Sierra Sun April 1, 2005).
How nice for Katie. How unfortunate for Jack. He didn’t get a responsible pet owner who loves him enough to care for him. But how nice for Katie. She’s not a believer of walking your dog on a leash. To heck for everyone else. It’s all just for Katie.
Nancy W. James
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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