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BaboIslan iconic exhibit Brookfield Zoo closed September after veterinary staff made decisieuthanize exhibit's three Guinebaboons which ranged age from 22

Baboon Island, an iconic exhibit at Brookfield Zoo, closed in September after veterinary staff made the decision to euthanize the exhibit's three Guinea baboons, which ranged in age from 22 to 27, due to quality-of-life concerns. | File photo

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Updated: November 2, 2013 6:12AM



I was sad to hear about Brookfield Zoo closing the Baboon Island exhibit. My heart goes out to the veterinary staff on having to make the difficult quality-of-life decisions about the Guinea baboons.

About retired teachers: Why all the vitriol about retired teachers subbing? Personally, I would rather have an experienced teacher as a substitute for my kid than a rookie out of college, but why do you single out teachers? Why not include all retired people who get another job? Why not ask them to contribute their check to the Social Security Administration? Jeez!

The grace prayer is “God is great. God is good. Let us thank him for our food. Amen.” Can anyone tell me where the love of God goes when the same innocent kid gets cancer three times?

Please show me one person who is poor and can’t afford food that is in line for the new iPhone? There aren’t many. Those who are poor and decide to spend their money on the new iPhone, that’s their decision. Why do we care? It doesn’t affect us. They obviously aren’t poor if they have enough money to pay for the phone and bill every month from the carriers. Don’t always believe people who say they have no money. If they are getting an iPhone, they have enough money.

Jason J.

To the evolutionist challenge: I have taken courses in the theory of evolution and after observing the professors jumping through hoops and wiggling their way around the most ridiculous, implausible and unsubstantiated claims, I came to the realization that this really is just a theory and a lame one at that. If taking a stand for God makes me a coward, then so be it, but in this day and age it takes true courage. I challenge you to read the book “Scientific Creationism” by Henry Madison Morris, but I think you are too narrow-minded to do so.

Great job, Gov. Pat Quinn, as usual. Not only do the useless Illinois lawmakers get their pay, but we taxpayers now have to pay these slugs interest. I’m quite sure none of us regular people could get interest if we didn’t get paid. Also, how much money of ours was wasted on this lawsuit? I highly doubt our representatives paid for it. I think they don’t pay for anything.

Is there any town more out of touch with its residents than Tinley Park? The village continues to move forward with unpopular projects with significant opposition and just does not care. This is no longer the best place to raise a family. Officials’ first step should be to improve its battered image within the community by hiring a marketing staff with residents who actually live here in Tinley Park rather than outsiders from other communities who do not understand our concerns and issues.

Chris from Tinley Park

Chicago is giving Walter Payton College Prep $17 million while other schools are being neglected or closed. I think it’s a slap in everyone’s face. It’s time for people to stand up and show that they will not tolerate giving so much money to one school over the rest of the public schools. How can you give $17 million to one school when all of these other schools are hurting? This is ridiculous and I resent it.

Democracy fails when taxpayers have no rights. I think we live in a society where politicians and special interest groups are actively conspiring against the taxpayers.

Think before you pink. Due to Susan G. Komen for the Cure we will be awash in pink in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, yet they continue to spend 38 percent on education and only 21 percent for research. They require only a small percentage of profit for using their logo on merchandise sold. The Cancer Support Center in Mokena and Homewood provides free services, support groups and wellness seminars to all cancer patients and their caregivers, children, teens and friends. The centers operate only on donations to them. Please consider the Cancer Support Center for your donations. Thank you.

Frankfort

A Speak Out commenter said that guns kill people. This person was probably referring to those guns that load themselves and pull their own triggers.

Linda from Evergreen Park

It’s scary. Every time I think of Congress, I shudder. It is scary to think that the fate of the United States lies in the hands of what seem like a bunch of part-time employees.

J.K.

There are a lot of great high school football teams in the South Suburban Conference, but the Bremen Braves are off to a great start and are looking forward to the South Suburban Championship. The Bremen Braves took on the Thornton Fractional South Rebels, beating them 22-13. The Braves were led by senior quarterback Tyler Banovich with 184 yards and two touchdowns and 62 rushing yards with one rushing touchdown. The Braves will take on the Oak Forest Bengals that are looking really good. The Braves are looking for another win against Oak Forest. Hopefully Bremen can get the “W.”

It is terrifying to think that a bat can bite you and you could never realize it until it is too late. Although the number of bats with rabies is actually down from 2012, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still be concerned and cautious. There have been 17 confirmed cases of rabid bats in Cook County so far in 2013. The number has probably risen now that fall is in full swing. You should always be cautious especially when walking around in the dark. You never know where those creatures of the night could be lurking.



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