This may be how wars start.
The great irony, of course, is that most of us profess to love our canine companions, and many of us would agree there aren’t enough places in this increasingly compacted world to let them run free. Or even, it seems, on a leash.
And so it comes to pass that, as the City of Sonoma prepares to take full ownership of and responsibility for the 98-acre Montini Open Space Preserve, the question of canine access promises once again to ignite rhetorical fireworks.
On a property where cattle still graze, and where humans will soon stampede in presumed large numbers, should not dogs be allowed to share the space – so long as they are properly leashed and cleaned-up after? That’s the question legions of Sonoma Valley dog lovers are asking as a 30-day comment period on the city’s proposed “mitigated negative declaration” (MND) moves toward a June 30 end point.