I wish to reply to questions and comments in Ed Shevlin's letters to me. Mr. Shevlin says that I attacked him on a so-called unimportant issue while ignoring his important issues.
Regarding his unimportant issue, does Mr. Shevlin really think that by smoking his cigar and thereby deliberately harming the health of all those around him, especially children, unimportant? Has he seen lung cancer and emphysema victims? Has he seen an asthmatic child gasp for air? Maybe breaking the law by smoking in a public park seems unimportant to Mr. Shevlin. Does he blithely break other laws, or just this one?
Regarding his first important issue, I do not own or walk a dog, and I do not like dog feces. However, I do not believe that dogs intend any disrespect while defecating. If dog owners pick up after their dogs, are they not showing respect for the park? If the sight of defecating dogs is disgusting (and I agree it is), he can avert his eyes. What's the problem? I was displeased more than once at seeing an unknown dog owner's negligence. As I got closer I saw that the feces were in fact cigar butts. Uncanny resemblance! Now I always avert my eyes when seeing a cigar in a smoker's mouth. But I still can't avoid the smell.
Regarding his other important issue, changing the name of Memorial Circle to Veterans' Circle does not seem important. If 32 soldiers who lost their lives are commemorated there, should we say their deaths did not allow them to become veterans, so they should not be remembered there? It is noble that veterans wish to honor those who were not as fortunate as they. I see no issue here.
KITTY CHEN DEAN