I found the column Love Thy Neighbor irritating on many levels as a dog owner myself.
Mr. Walsh resorts to using sexist and ageist terms to describe a bystander’s reaction to his irresponsibility in not taking care of his dog’s feces, angry that she, an “older, schoolmamry, beady-eyed” woman dare to chastise him for his “benign crime.”
Benign? Not so much. According to the EPA, in 1991, dog waste was labeled as a “… source pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals”. The CDC estimates that a single gram of dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria which can cause diseases in humans (zoonoses). Children are most at-risk for contamination because they play in the dirt and are more prone to putting things in their mouths.
Mr. Walsh stated he covered up the feces with leaves in order to take care of his neighbor’s lawn and hopefully prevent anyone from stepping in it. Seriously, covering it up so no one could see it. And that will prevent someone from stepping into it, how?
Finally, if Mr. Walsh’s overall point is that we’re collectively becoming more prone to outrage over minor, all too human transgressions, I would say that he was as outraged over her incivility as she was by his. Why else would he devote time to write a column to expose her “intolerant” behavior to the readers of the Journal?