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Readers’ Forum: September 12, 2013

TERRE HAUTE — Don’t leave your

fish waste behind


Today, like many recent days, I took my dog for a swim in the lake near Collett Park. He enjoys the swim and the retrieval of a thrown object. I have been excited about this park, as it is walking distance from my home and has been an enjoyable place for my dogs and me. (Yes, I bring a poop bag). I am careful to acknowledge the fishermen who are present and always choose a place away from them.

The fishermen and I seem to be able to co-exist. Today, as I took my dog for a swim, I noticed a very nasty fish carcass; well, my dog noticed it first — rotting fish … yum.

The fish had been filleted, head and spine left to rot on the shore. Of course, my dog thought that was a lovely thing to roll in. I picked its mush remains up and threw it in the garbage. I continued to play with my dog until coming upon another carcass. I thought to myself, how can people be so selfish to have no regard for their fellow citizens?

Maybe these people with total disregard are not my neighbors, but come for the stocked fish. I have no problem with that. I have a problem with them sucking the life out of a newly finished park.

Even if this was a fish only lake, that would not be proper etiquette. There are no fish-cleaning stations, nor should there be. Take it home and clean it there. I believe this lake is for the enjoyment of all. If I choose just to sit on the side of the lake, I should not have to pick up other’s waste, whether it be a diaper or fish guts.

This is not a lake out in the wilderness, and if you choose to clean your fish lakeside, have the courtesy to throw it in deep.

— Babette Stoelting

Terre Haute

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