And this is news, why?
Dog owners in Everett don’t need to bring dog-waste bags when they visit the local park. Taxpayers are providing the bags for them.
As Everett officials have been cutting millions from the budget, the city spent $8,430 last year on plastic bags for pet waste. The Herald of Everett reports the city bought 120 cases of pet waste bags, which volunteers use to stock 36 stations at city parks and trails.
Um, anybody at the AP or the Seattle Times ever visit a public park? Seattle parks provide poop bag dispensers, as do King County parks. In fact, you’ll find them at parks, trails and popular dog-walking routes in municipalities of all sizes throughout the nation. So judging from the lede, I can only assume that the editors at the Times and the AP found this particular dropping of non-news newsworthy, I suppose as an illustration of wasteful government spending… which, of course, is a complete and utter load of crap.
Poop bag dispensers are a basic public service that helps keep our sidewalks and parks clean. Honestly, would you rather spend a few cents a piece of taxpayer money to encourage and enable your fellow citizens to fulfill their civic duty, or would you rather, you know, step in it? I know there are some who insist that government should be limited to arresting criminals, building roads and deporting brown people, but that’s a libertarian dystopia that would quickly have all of us routinely scraping dog shit from the soles of our shoes.
So thanks AP/Seattle Times for pointing out the little things government does to improve our quality of life.
Alternative Theory: perhaps the Times objects to unfair competition from publicly funded poop bags, because picking up shit is the most natural and beneficial use of the plastic bags their paper comes wrapped in? Kinda like the same way they would oppose the free distribution of rubber bands?
Alternative Theory #2: Frank Blethen hates dogs.