Bacon's Best Friend
Stillwater Police Chief John Gannaway thinks that police dogs are too expensive for every town to maintain, while Officer Jeff Gottstein thinks that police dogs fill multiple useful roles in public relations, tracking, and others. An article written by Bob Shaw for the Pioneer Press seems to balance these two viewpoints fairly well intellectually, but is given an emotional slant. More emotional weight is given to the pro-police dog viewpoint. Chief Gannaway is portrayed as a miserly villain, while Officer Gottstein regales us with an anecdote about how sad it was to retire his old canine partner at the end of the article, leaving an emotional slant on the reader as they go on. It seems like Shaw is trying to get the audience to side with the police dog proponents.