I chose to ignore this story when it originally surfaced last week. The idea of giving attention to an idiot isn't appealing, and the story was so brain-hurting stupid. But It's not fair to let a decent guy like Paul Nelson (former chief of staff to Assemblywoman Joan Millman) take even the tepid heat this nontroversy is generating.
I've fed the geese in various places many, many times without thinking I was doing the wrong thing. I don't think there's any scandal in observant Jewish people doing so. Hmm. I've got to lose this bread, and I'm supposed to do X with it, but I could feed it to the geese. Everybody wins! Who doesn't like to feed animals?
But apparently its not great for the geese, and due to the holiday, it would seem that a larger number of people all get the bright idea at the same time, which results in overfeeding the geese with grains, which is not good for them. Hence what should have been an unremarkable PSA to the community, turned into a news story by a thin-skinned buffoon.
Full disclosure: I will no doubt continue to feed ducks, geese, chipmunks, squirrels, occasional pigeons, and even an accursed seagull or two, on occasion. But I'll try to avoid doing so at highly trafficked places. And no trans fats.