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Lock up your cats and save songbirds

Skokie 02/26/12--Two curious young cats peer out from their cage as they await new home. Animal Medical Center hosted CatmaniSunday

Skokie, 02/26/12--Two curious young cats peer out from their cage as they await a new home. Animal Medical Center hosted Catmania on Sunday, a cat adoption program by Orphans of the Storm. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 6, 2013 6:09AM

Lock up your cats
and save songbirds

Anyone who has a bird feeder knows the local cats will come to prey. While it is quite distressing to see a sparrow or a robin get murdered before your very eyes, it is particularly depressing to see a migratory songbird get caught after it flew 3,000 miles to get here.

Cats are excellent predators who hunt for fun or food. Please save our songbirds and other lovely creatures, and lock them up!

Margaret Frisbie, Hermosa

Charter schools feeding at public trough

Many conservatives decry the fact that individuals and businesses receive aid from the federal government. Where is the outcry when politically connected businesses, as described in Monday’s report in the Sun-Times about charter schools, feed at the public trough, circumventing the free market system they say will set us all free?

The rules of conduct are supposed to guide all of us, not a selected few.

Bernard Biernacki, Aurora

Feds should not bail out Illinois

Contrary to the suggestion by a letter writer in the Jan. 23 Sun-Times, the federal government should not bail out Illinois’ massive pension debt. Bailouts reward recklessness and punish success. Why should taxpayers in more fiscally prudent states subsidize the reckless decisions of Illinois politicians?

Gov. Pat Quinn should publicly state that he will not request or accept a federal bailout for Illinois’ massive pension debt. As long as a federal bailout is on the table, state and local governments will continue to delay making the tough choices necessary to get their fiscal houses in order.

The simple fact is that taxpayers are tapped out and pension funds are broke. Only major reforms, such as those heavily centered on 401(k)-style plans and those tackling generous, compounding cost-of-living adjustments, can get the problem under control.

Going to Washington, D.C., with a hand out doesn’t fix the pension crisis. It merely forces taxpayers in other states to delay Illinois’ day of reckoning.

Jonathan Ingram,

Director of Health Policy
and Pension Reform

Illinois Policy Institute

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