Letter to the editor 2, March 16, 2017

Poop patrol

Dear Editor,

I like to look at Your Local Journal and notice you reported a few times about how the people of Hudson want to save Sandy Beach and not let it be developed but maybe it’s time you wrote a report on how this beautiful piece of land is so badly treated and disrespected.

A few weeks ago I went for a walk at Sandy Beach on a Saturday. I wanted to take a walk in nature a enjoy the beauty of Sandy Beach but instead of enjoying nature I had to look on the ground to make sure I would not walk in dog poop. I have never seen so much dog poop in my life – what a disgrace.

I wanted to see if I was the only one that felt this way so I took a picture of the sign at the beach where you have very simple and normal rules of respect for the environment and even have a box with bags for people to pick up their dogs’ poop. I put that picture up with comments on Facebook on a Hudsonite group to see what kind of feedback I would get. Not even after one minute it was up the messages started to come it and lots of people in Hudson are fed up with this situation but the best surprise was the messages of dog owners I got and they are the ones that are the most fed up with the situation.

I wanted to wait a week, print all the feedback and bring it for you to see but after 10 hours my post was taken off just like the blog I put up last summer because when going to Sandy Beach with my daughter, because of all the loose dogs, I had to keep her behind me to protect her from potential danger.

Go to Sandy Beach and take a look for yourself and maybe write a story about this problem and maybe then people will respect this beautiful piece of land and have more respect for the person that owns the land and is so kind to let all of us use and enjoy it.

I feel bad for Jack Layton, I don't think he would be proud to know there’s a park in his memory where nature is so poorly treated and disrespected.

André Guilbault

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