Has anyone out there ever tried to clean dog poop off a child's foot, shoe and pants with cold water and a single tissue?
Well, that's what I had the pleasure of doing the other day after my daughter stepped in yet another pile of dog poop left in our park by a discourteous dog owner. And during the rest of our cut-short visit to the park, I counted no less than four more piles of excrement scattered around. I am appalled at the amount of poop left behind by dog owners who use the local parks as their dog's personal toilet and then don't pick up after them. Whenever I walk at the sports park, my eyes are glued to the sidewalk, lest I unwittingly hit a pile left by the numerous untended dogs. And when they are allowed to run off leash and do their business in the grass they leave behind a poop mine field.
Don't get me wrong, I like dogs just as much as the next person. I would just like to remind all those dog owners out there to remember that the parks are not only here for their dogs, but also for all of us who like to run, play and practice our sports without fear of getting nailed by dog poop. Until someone comes up with "Vapoorize" you're just going to have to pick it up.
DVDs for vets a success
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton North and the School of Imagination would like to give sincere thanks to our many generous donors from the Tri Valley who have contributed to our "DVDs4VETS" project. We have well exceeded our goal of 1,000 DVDs for our injured veterans and we could not have done so without your generous support.
We would like to acknowledge and give thanks also to Valley Community Bank, Chief Bill Cody and all the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Stations, all Uncle Credit Union locations, the Big O Tire stores in Pleasanton and Dublin, the Dublin Police and Library, and the Chamber of Commerce offices in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, all of whom served as strategic collection stations. And, a special thank you to Bill Wheeler and Black Tie transportation for being a collection location, and also for generously sharing their advertising time on KKIQ to promote this worthwhile endeavor.
We have distributed DVDs to the Medical Centers in Menlo Park/Palo Alto, Yountville, Fort Miley in San Francisco and Sacramento, which has jurisdiction over the Clinics in Martinez, Vallejo, Oakland and Livermore. All of your contributed DVDs will serve the men and women who have served us, while in their recovery and rehabilitation process. Thank you again for your overwhelming support! We are planning to do this again next Christmas and will again look forward to your kind support.
1 DUI arrest? Checkpoints a waste
I was dismayed after reading the quote in the Jan. 2 Police Bulletin article about the Dec. 19 sobriety checkpoint on Hopyard Road. According to the article, 1,158 vehicles were screened, and the results yielded one DUI arrest and four impounded vehicles.
Despite the worse than 1000:1 ratio of inconvenienced drivers to arrested drivers, the Pleasanton Police Department considers the operation a success because of "the sheer volume of drivers who passed through and were educated about the hazards of driving under the influence."
An education at gunpoint is only an education about who is holding the gun. If anyone thinks that I am using hyperbole concerning gunpoint, try driving through a sobriety checkpoint without stopping. You will get a very quick education about who has the guns and why they have them. The only reason that I stop at a sobriety checkpoint is because they will arrest me if I don't.
Perhaps we should consider that there are better uses for the police officers' time and our taxpayer money than barricading a street and questioning everyone who drives by. In fact, the only thing that sounds worse is to go door-to-door and question people at home. Perhaps that is next.
When drivers stop and politely answer the questions about where they are going and what, if anything, they have had to drink, they do so out of fear. They do not stop for the educational opportunity. They just don't want to risk getting shot. At least not yet.