Shame on Them
To the Editor:
We are so disappointed in the manner in which the creation of a Dog Park for Bethel has been handled. The idea for the park came out of collaboration within the Bethel Area Non-Profit Committee – BANC – several years ago. The process of gathering support and doing the legwork for the park took many months and the work of several fine Bethel citizens supported by many other citizens.
Somehow, after the dog park as an idea was presented to the Town, a few selfish and, yes, arrogant, folks, took it upon themselves to make the process contentious and an “us or them” situation. They want a basketball court. Fine. We don’t play basketball, but we support the creation of a basketball court for those who do. It should never have become a one or the other situation.
One woman, who is for a basketball court, made it very clear that she was not only anti-dog park but anti-dogs, characterizing dogs as dirty, aggressive and untrained; and dog owners as irresponsible and ignorant. One could say that basketball players are sweaty and create litter. It is possible that many of the folks who voted for a basketball court did not understand that they were voting against having Dog Park.
So many people today say that they don’t like politicians and politics, yet they let this become a politicized and polarizing situation. Shame on them. Our condolences to our beloved family dogs – they are the real losers.
Marcia and Laurence Austin