TALKER: Should Brookline Make Lehane Take Down Signs?

What do you think about missing dog signs in town?

Yesterday, we ran an article about the town’s displeasure with the missing signs for Tessa Lehane.

In response, Dennis Lehane wrote: "I can see the town of Brookline's point. And there's no reason we should expect preferential or selective treatment because of my last name. If this is their policy then we will abide by it and take the signs down. The town of Brookline and the city of Boston have been nothing but supportive during this situation and we thank them wholeheartedly."

A few readers responded to this: 

Bill Davidson: "Oh, Brookline, you love to rain on a parade, don't you? Don't ever change." 

Carol Post Pfaelzer: "Unbelievable! Their arrogance is unmet by other communities trying to BE a community of people helping one another.Why don't the town officials concentrate on parking meters and the mess they made with their ideas.Idiots!" 

MoonBeamWatcher: "We are fortunate to be loosing one of our "Selectman Carpetbaggers" to the state, now if Obamas palls can find something for our other idiots to do!? 
As a native, Born in Brookline, baptized and married at St. Aidans this kind of poor stewardship had me wanting to relocate to the city of Newton for over 45 years! If it wasn't for my wife . . . this letter would be from Newton instead of the Peoples Republic of Brookline! Where is the shame to have proposed this Scrooge like proposal to my neighbors!? Decency and common sense is missing from this "TOWN!" "IDIOTS" is an upgrade to my way of thinking!" 


But what do you think? Should people be able to canvas the town with missing dog signs? Are they a nuisance? Are they effective? What would you do if your dog went missing?

Please use the comments section to voice your opinion. Let’s keep the conversation civil. 

Nelly Langlais January 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Signs are crucial in the recovery of a missing person or animal. I know a few people who have been reunited with their pets this way. I am sure all volunteers will be happy to take the signs down once that lost dog has been found! I will! And what if your child went missing In Brookline?
Leslie Prizer January 12, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Leave them up, at least for a while longer. I'm sure many of us would be happy to help take them down at some point later on (dog found). I have done postings for a missing/found cat and the signs help. You do get calls! Put one in your car window!
Laurie Lasky January 12, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Oh Brookline, where is your sense of community? I would be heartbroken if my beloved dog went missing, and the Town of Brookline ordered all missing dog signs down while there were still active sitings and volunteers out on the streets still looking for my dog. I agree with Ms. Langlais that these signs do help when people or pets are missing. This is not one of Brookline's finer moments.
Michele K January 12, 2013 at 04:00 PM
People tend to forget quickyl - that being said, ALL missing pet signs should be allowed to remain up intil the pet is either found or a reasonable amout of time has passed. Then, the signs could be removed. I just don't understand how the signs are ruining or harming Brookline? Could someone explain?
MoonBeamWatcher January 12, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Good on you Melvin Keckler! Brookline Town Administrator Melvin Keckler emailed Friday afternoon saying the signs can stay in place . . . see the 'jump' to < Tessa Posters Will Remain for Now > (never be seen talking to an IDIOT, as you could be mistaken for him/her!)
Tina lang January 12, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I don't understand this at all. Of course the signs should remain up until the pet is found. Mr. Lehane does not expect preferential treatment because of his name nor should he expect disadvantageous treatment because of his name!
Wrenn Reed January 12, 2013 at 07:24 PM
I was shocked and stunned when I heard the signs had to come down. I have lived in Brookline for 26 years. When I read this ridiculous rule, I wanted to MOVE! HOW APPALLING! Now, I understand the signs can stay up for a while longer. THEY SHOULD STAY UP FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED! We should not be having this discussion in the first place. SHAME ON YOU, BROOKLINE!
Mary Mahlman January 12, 2013 at 07:47 PM
I have lived in Brookline for over 60 years.....and have had dogs all of that time. What is the harm in putting up a sign and leaving them there for a reasonable amt of time. My sister has a beagle and they are runners. She does not live in Brookline, but her dog got out of the yard and as she was running to the center of town some kind soul stopped her dog.
Ernest A. Frey January 13, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I wonder about the source and authority of the letter to Mr. Lehane ordering the removal of the signs and how the fine for non-compliance would be calculated. We also do not know whether Mr. Lehane (or anyone else desiring to take the same action) was or should have been aware of the rules around these actions. It strikes me that the letter is not a requirement defined by the 'Town of Brookline', but rather by one or more individuals with sufficient influence to send such a letter. Even if there are rules around the actions taken by or on behalf of Mr. Lehane, it appears that the letter represents selective enforcement of those rules.
Ken Goldstein January 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM
As Mr. Lehane understands the Town of Brookline allows a reasonable period of time to post lost dog notices, yard sale advertisements, offers to teach guitar and all the other material which we see taped to lamp posts and utiltity polls. Without an occassional 'clean-out' we'd be overrun with them. I'm sure you've all witnessed times when the posting have gotten out of hand. Before he was asked to take his posters down, Mr. Lehane's notices were given the same reasonable time as anyone else's. When he asked for a bit more time to leave his posts in place the Town was happy to allow, as they would with anyone else. There are no conspiricies here folks. The Town of Brookline's department heads and elected leaders aren't "idiots". They're just trying to do the best for everyone concerned.


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