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Dogs on leash on Coalmine Ridge
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by caeol jacobs, Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley,
on Jun 9, 2007
In response to Leashed dogs on Coalmine Ridge Tails , The Almanac 6/6/07, I would like to say that I am distressed at the dissension that has developed among the residents of Portola Valley concerning this issue. I have lived in the Portola Valley area for over 40 years and after raising our four sons here and fifty years of marriage and observing the town (as well as national foreign policies) one thing is clear--- we must learn to look at both sides of a situation and make fair and equitable compromises. It is true that some dog owners are irresponsible and let their dogs off leash, but some drivers of cars are irresponsible also, and we don't ban all cars from the roads. True also that some wild life is temporairly frightened by unleashed dogs, but according to a "Fish and Game" employee,, if dogs have frequented the area for some time and wild life still enters, it will continue to do so. True, also, that some women are afraid of unleased dogs on trails, but some women, hiking alone, are afraid of men on trails. It is also true that the town of Portola Valley has, thank goodness, miles of trails on which leashed dogs can walk, but it is also true that most of those trails are along Portola Road and other busy streets which do not afford the same experience as hiking with your leashed dog in the woods. If it is true that the majority of those opposed to leashed dogs on Coalmine trails are residents of the P.V. ranch (a small percentage of the population of If it is true that the majority of those opposed to leashed dogs on Coalmine Ridge are residents of P.V. Ranch (a small percentage of the town) then it seems fair that the wishes of the town majority should be considered. Are we not a democracy?? How about a vote?