At the outset I must state that I have a genetic condition known as Animal Indifference Disease (AID). It is a rare condition manifested by not being  all that interested in animals. The first time I knew something was wrong was when in first grade a fellow student brought his new baby kitten to Show and Tell. While the other kids oohed and aahed I played with magnets. I faked liking family pets. I know that some people think dogs are their best friend, but all my friends can talk and they  don’t sniff each other’s butts.                      

So I for one have no problem with the proposal to humanely euathanze a few dirty pigeons under the Marion Street el viaduct.The actual ordinance also lists sparrows and starlings. They might want to consider a move to River Forest or Berwyn. Mortgage rates are at historic lows.                      

The Trustees are to be applauded for considering such a measure in animal loving Oak Park. I think I read a survey in which Oak Parkers preferred animal to humans by  39% to 35 %. The balance were undecided or disliked both. I’m hoping that the proposal becomes law. After a pilot period I would urge our local lawmakers to consider the hit list to include squirrels, rabbits, possums and racoons.  

It probably would never pass and I do appreciate there are counter-arguments, but maybe after the election the Board might consider: dogs bigger than Shetland ponies, Yorkshire Terriers,dogs that frighten early morning runners and sinister slinky cats like those ones in Lady And The Tramp (“We are Siamese if you please”).  After all Oak Park prides itself on being progressive and thinking outside the box.  Hello Good Morning America! 


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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...

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