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Cold-blooded measures do not a pigeon solution make

Opinion

September 19th, 2017 5:29 PM

I wrote a letter to the Wednesday Journal a week or so ago [Pigeons don't make people sick, Viewpoints, Aug. 30], protesting the views in a previous WJ letter that said rats and pigeons should suffer the same fate — extermination — because of the threat of human illness from pigeon droppings [Viewpoints, Aug. 23]. 

In last week's WJ letters [Pigeons really are a health issue, Viewpoints, Sept. 13], Roberta Arnold also advocated that pigeons should be "killed or removed by a professional company" because of the acute danger to human health from pigeon droppings. 

I would like to expand a little on my previously stated views against killing pigeons. First of all, I think it is a very cold-blooded solution to wipe out a whole species of birds because of their droppings. It also certainly sends a terrible message to our children about not being cruel to animals. This solution does not jibe with the commonly held view that Oak Parkers are very compassionate people, especially on social issues. Last, I would like to point out that so-called "scientific solutions" are not always the right solutions. I am thinking, particularly, of the U.S. prisoner interrogation plan drawn-up for the U.S. government in the early 2000s by two certified, prominent U.S. psychiatrists, which is now regarded by the U.S. government as an unconstitutional "torture plan."

As an 82-year-old woman who has had seven children, lived for the last 70 years in various Chicago areas, and still travels regularly to the Chicago "Loop" on public transportation, I enjoy seeing the pigeons downtown — often at my various train stops. I think it is nice to occasionally see something living that is not attached to an iPhone! 

Marsda Conner

Oak Park