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Updated: August 24, 2012 6:03AM

Owning wild animals
a growing problem

In response to the recent story about exotic pets being sold in a Yorkville pet store, it is very disappointing that this is being allowed to continue by our local governments. Why anyone would want a wild raccoon, fox, snake or lizard for a pet is beyond common sense and well beyond what mother nature thinks as well.

This issue of people owning wild animals as pets is a growing problem in America. With the current anti-regulation mood in this country, this issue has resulted in disastrous results for both the animals and human beings alike.

We have seen the tragic events in Ohio where someone had a large stock of wild animals that got loose in the area and most had to be shot and killed. In Florida people have bought wild snakes as pets and then when they became too big and dangerous, they let them loose in the Everglades and now many resident species are threatened.

I strongly suggest that people watch the documentary “The Elephant in the Living Room.” It does a great job of showing people just how big of a problem this is in America and how little is being done about it.

What is being sold in these exotic pet stores and underground trade may look harmless, the animals may be cute when they are young in the pet store.

As far as who knows what will happen when they get larger, more wild and can no longer be maintained by their owners? They will most likely be let go in our neighborhoods and parks and then who really knows what the consequences will be then.

Will it result in the destruction of our current local environment with the wildlife that was meant to live here, or kill plants and trees that are not meant to interact with such foreign creatures?

Worst of all, will they harm other humans at no fault of only the people who brought them here against what mother nature designed to handle.

Mankind for all our great accomplishments we have done, we continue to be our own worst enemy when it comes to taking care of the planet and exploiting the wild creatures mother nature has given us.

David R. Edelman


Sandra Vasquez has
suffered enough

I have decided to write this letter since I’ve read so many on the subject of the Vasquez case. Some say she got too much prison time and others say she didn’t get enough.

The Vasquez girl never forced anybody to ride in her car. She was just giving them a ride out of the goodness of her heart the night of the accident.

Her lawyer has taken her case to the Supreme Court because she believes she should have gotten only probation. I do not think it was Kathleen Colton’s fault she lost, as the people’s minds were poisoned against Vasquez when the case went to court.

It doesn’t seem right to me that she should receive 15 years for an accident.

When you compare this case with the murder case of that railroad conductor who got only five years for premeditated murder, it makes me wonder where the justice is. I would say that’s a shame on the court system.

So, instead of putting her away for 15 years, the parents of the deceased children should have been compensated by her insurance company.

A long prison sentence will not bring the children back to life, nor will it bring any satisfaction to relatives of the victims. You may say she was driving under the influence of alcohol, but people get killed every day in auto accidents without drinking alcohol.

I think that young lady has suffered enough just thinking about it and when the Supreme Court hears the case, I’d hope they’ll let her go home.

Raymond H. Pippin


Reviving the games
of ancient Greece

Nevada’s Democratic Senator Harry Reid is angry. He learned the manufacturing of America’s Olympic uniforms was outsourced to China.

Reid says “Burn the uniforms.”

That is sort of like shooting the messenger. The message is that this is where our country is at today.

It looks like the U.S. Olympic team will be playing as was played in days of old in Greece.

In the nude!

Mel Dormer


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