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Despite Daley complaints, Metra runs a good system

According U.S. Mint compositionpenny was pure copper from 1793 1837.  |  File photo

According to the U.S. Mint, the compositionof the penny was pure copper from 1793 to 1837. | File photo

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Updated: August 30, 2013 6:18AM

Mr. Bill Daley’s comments on the scandal and the dismantling of the Metra board is just a Chicago style version of the shell game. I’m just a plain man on the ground but I’ll be honest, I’ve been with Metra since their beginning and I have seen Metra go from a struggling commuter service, to one that has a good rep for being a safe, clean and on time service. I’ve seen their money go back into the company replacing old rail equipment, bridges and so on. So hey you Chicago politicians, don’t fix something that’s not broken.

Carlo Torre,
West Elsdon

Residents oppose zoo closing

In an editorial [“It’s time to close Indian Boundary Park,” July 24], you stated that neighbors around Indian Boundary Park were “on board” with park district plans to remove the zoo animals and replace them with an active nature center to attract wildlife. In reality, many neighbors have vehemently opposed the removal of the animals at every meeting although some have accepted the idea of a nature center. The neighbors have always felt that the zoo animals (even a couple of goats and some chickens) are what makes the park so unique.

The park has become very run down in the last few years and includes a 20+ year-old wooden playground structure erected by residents, which often needs repair. Although the nature center seems like a done deal, additional conversation on what will finally happen is extremely important. Among other things, neighbors have complained of skunks and the lack of parking around the park. And any additional plants will need to be vigilantly maintained and trimmed to avoid creating overgrowth, which is an invitation for crime. All these things need to be seriously addressed to satisfy the neighbors of the 50th Ward.

Linda Hendelman,
West Rogers Park

Penny is outdated

It costs 2.4 cents to make each penny. It’s time to kill the penny and move Abraham Lincoln to the nickel.

Karen Kennedy, Winnetka

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