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Letters to the Editor – June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

What’s wrong with this picture? Dear Editor On May 25 I heard a small plane overhead as I was in my front yard. I looked up and the plane was towing a banner behind it. It circled the City several times, as the parade was forming. The banner was advertising Fox Motor sales in Grand Rapids. I am under the impression this dealership is owned by a member of the DeVos Family (Amway). Evidently making money is more important to them than the true meaning of Memorial Day. Nancy Simonis, Rockford        Dogs in City parks Dear Editor, Readers of the Letters to the Editor section in the Thursday, May 21, 2009 edition of The Rockford Squire might have erroneously been led to believe that dogs are banned from Rockford City parks.  The writer of the letter encourages the Rockford City Council to reconsider and overturn a “no dogs” ruling at the Rockford Farm Market and City parks.  While it is true that dogs are not allowed at the Rockford Farm Market it is not true that dogs are banned from the City’s fine and extensive parklands.    For numerous reasons-most importantly public health, safety, and liability issues-the Rockford City Council, after due deliberation and open debate, wisely chose to ban dogs from the Rockford Farm Market. Overwhelmingly Market attendees understand and accept the rationale for for the City Council ruling.  In closing, dogs have never been banned from Rockford City parks.  The only requirement for dogs in parks is that they must be on leash.  An unspoken, socially correct requirement is that dog owners clean up after their pets if necessary. Nancy Fahner Rockford Resident