Letter to the Editor: Horse sense

City Councilors: A few days ago Linda and I toured the historic and tourist-destination town of Charlestown, South Carolina. Driving, (stuck, actually) behind one of their tourist horse-drawn carriages, we witnessed the impromptu voiding of the animal’s bladder, which anatomically is not controllable by any man-made device.

Probably due to the 90-degree temperature, the urine steamed upon striking the pavement. Its acrid odor was felt a full three blocks downwind before starting to lessen. When questioned, the locals simply offered that one “has to get used to it.”

I submit this for your information when considering at next council meeting whether or not to approve a horse and carriage enterprise on Marco Island. Additionally, please ask yourselves:

Do the community and your constituency favor this enterprise?

Is this enterprise substantially beneficial to the community at large, or simply to an entrepreneur?

If the idea has advantages, (every idea does), do the benefits to the community far outweigh the inconveniences, hazards and distresses unavoidably introduced to it?

One final point, please: New York City administration has attempted for decades to abolish their tourist business of horse-drawn carriages due to accidents, traffic jams and cruelty to animal allegations. Despite City Hall authority and influence, the attempts have consistently been thwarted by legalized “grandfather rights.” As a City Councilor, please beware giving birth to a “grandfather” on Marco Island. Common sense?

Russ Colombo

Marco Island

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marco826 writes:

Finally, a man with a brain.....Stop the Carriage!

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