Ever get that feeling that people are talking about you behind your back. That passing snicker when you walk by a group? A giggle as you walk out of the room?
Often times it’s childish behavior, but the actions find their way into adult life, too.
Well in the case I’m speaking of, everyone is laughing at us — and “us” is Anaconda.
For the better part of two months, our county commissioners have toiled over the Deer Lodge County Pet Ordinance, something that could be taken care of, in my opinion, by a handful of students at Head Start in one afternoon.
How can you continue to squabble over something so simple and so utterly unimportant in the big scheme of things?
Even a child knows big dogs in city limits should be on leashes. Some big dogs need it, some don’t. But put it in front of our commissioners, and it turns into fodder for other communities around Montana to laugh at us.
It’s getting to the point where it’s beginning to affect the true issues facing the community.
How about going on a field trip around the county to count the number of potholes that need fixing.
On that same trip, count the hundreds of blighted yards filled with debris violating laws already in place.
But no, we get eight weeks of arguments, testimonials and tabled conversations over putting Sylvester and Mr. Bojangles on a string.
Leash laws for cats? Yes, who knows when the frisky tabby hell bent on milk consumption and tail rubbing will go mental and attack with no provocation.
With all due respect to those who spoke out against the insanity of putting a collar or leash on a cat, all you did is fall into the commission’s trap. You brought light to the sheer boredom of our commissioners by giving them feedback, albeit all ridiculously negative.
In the past year, the biggest issues tackled by our commissioners have been the pet and trailer ordinances and the months of work sessions directed at granting themselves travel allowances and increasing their salary.
Forgive me for possibly overstepping my boundaries, but the absurdity of leashing cats is akin to adorning shock collars to the county’s ever increasing deer population.
On Facebook, former residents are embarrassed to say they are from Anaconda. Usually, I’m the first one to stand up for my city, but not this time.
I can’t believe you all think you’re doing our county a service by spending so much time on an issue that, honestly, can be solved by a toddler touching crayons to construction paper.
Chain your dogs. Keep track of your cats. Limit your breeding fowl within city limits to where it doesn’t cause a disturbance to your neighbors. Simple.
And to dumb it down even further, if you are going to own a pet, do it as a responsible adult.
While we’re at it, I think bird owners should affix homing beacons on their wings in case they fly the coop. You know, that way we can keep track of any pigeons that may put their name on the ballot for future openings in commission seats.