To the Journal editor:
Police log, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 8:43 a.m. "Someone plowing snow at Tourist Park who does not work for city's Public Works Department."
My hardened criminal heart must be softening as I am compelled to publicly state that that someone was me.
Let me preface my comments by saying that the use of the Tourist Park as an off-leash dog park in the winter months is a very nice and wonderful thing for the city to do. I am there often, as is my wife and many other dog loving friends.
Sometimes, during especially large snows, understanding that the city has other priorities, I have taken it upon myself to make one quick run around the park road with my plow truck so as to make walking easier and safer for my fellow park users.
This has always been deeply appreciated by those users as evidenced by the many thank yous I receive each time I have used my own time, my own gas and my own equipment to do this small favor for people.
As a rehabilitated criminal, I am not going to be able to do this anymore. While no one could state any harm I was doing to anyone or anything and no one could dispute the good my actions did, there are rules, which are way more important than common sense.
To my fellow Dog Park users, I am sorry. If you have a hard time walking around the park after future snowstorms, I would encourage you to contact Carl Miller at the Marquette Department of Public Works and register your complaint.
But rules are rules, common sense be damned. No good deed goes unpunished. Repentantly,