Hello Tom. I usually enjoy your columns, but not in this instance, and I did not find your attempt at humor in the least funny. I am deaf. My deafness is partially compensated for with a cochlear implant. I also have a hearing-ear service dog. Your rant does nothing but reinforce negative attitudes and difficulties we service dog partners deal with on too many occasions in the public sector. There are many "invisible" handicaps among service dog owners, hearing being just one example. You cannot look at a service dog team and make an assumption about someone's disability or their need for a service dog. So I found your comment about the woman in church infantile, as well as your flip assessment of her need. Are there bogus service dogs out there? Absolutely. It is a problem that should be addressed. However, for those of us who depend on our dogs, you might consider being a bit more circumspect in your comments and a little less judgmental in your attitudes.
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