I found the position The Dickinson Press Editorial staff took on the dog park in Dickinson absurd.
At least until I thought about it and realized the editor is from Wisconsin (where I lived for six years.)
As a Dickinson native, I feel that I am abreast to the issues surrounding this city and would like to say that public land does not abound in Stark County, where most of the citizens of western North Dakota reside. If it is plots of land you are referring to, then you had better check your facts, because land enrolled in this program is only open to the public from Sept. 1 through April 1. As we native western North Dakota residents know, this is not exactly the most congenial time of the year to take our dogs out to play.
I also lived in Fargo for awhile and had a dog that was literally held captive because I didn’t have any green space to take him to just be free (within bounds). There was a dog park in Fargo, but it was about 6 miles away from where I lived, which many of us who are from North Dakota know is a testament to the size of Fargo. My wife and I went there several times with our dog and it was impressive! I can guarantee you if I gave my dog a bone, which the editorial suggests spending $10,000 on rather than giving dogs a place to run, and then started jogging in an amicable situation for my dog to come along, my dog would drop the bone and forget completely about the bone and just enjoy the life and the freedom we too often take for granted in western North Dakota.
To me, this is a “no brainer.” Give the dogs a place to have fun!
Mitch Feininger, South Heart