Weather Updates

Letters to the Editor

Updated: November 4, 2012 6:20AM

A dog’s tale

To the owner of the little male miniature Pinscher dog that was dumped two weeks ago in the vicinity of the Warwick Building in Zion: How do I know it was two weeks ago? Because that is how long that poor animal ran around this neighborhood waiting for you to come back and retrieve him.

This is not the first time that we have had dumped dogs show up on our street near my business by the forest preserve. These dogs all have the same look about them. They are not sniffing the ground looking for food.

Instead, the dogs instinctively stay in the area where they were discarded, looking at faces and cars that go by hoping that its owner is coming back to scoop them up and take them back home. Your little dog lasted two weeks on his own, running from myself, my employees, people from neighboring businesses and the dog catcher — rejecting all our efforts to capture and help him.

This not only is a testament to this dog’s stamina, but also to his loyalty to you. How he found food, stayed warm at night and did not fall prey to bigger wildlife who live in the forest preserve for two weeks is a mystery.

Nonetheless, everyday your dog came out of his hiding place and looked for you, dodging cars and semi-trucks when he ran out into the street. Finally, my son was able to coax him into his car yesterday and the dog immediately bonded with him. Maybe the dog was just too exhausted or hungry or cold that he took a chance on a friendly face. Or maybe the dog finally gave up on you.

Our family could not keep him, so he is being taken care of at an animal shelter, which is where you should have taken him to begin with. It does not matter if you have fallen on hard times and could not afford the expenses of taking care of a dog.

It does not matter that you got him as a puppy and then found out when he was grown you could no longer meet his needs for exercise and companionship. There are plenty of options available to relinquish an unwanted dog.

Dumping domesticated pets in unfamiliar surroundings and expecting them to fend for themselves is never the answer. The emotional and physical trauma inflicted on this spirited and loving dog will be with him for the rest of his life.

We are praying that a loving family will soon adopt him, cherish him and take better care of him. Then maybe this little Min Pin might forget his pain of abandonment and forget his former owner, like you forgot about him.

Renee Isley, Zion

Looking back

I like reading “Voices.” The one on Sept. 20 really brought back a lot of memories. My family arrived in Waukegan in 1946 from Columbus, Ohio, my home state, and to say the least, it was a terrible disappointment.

I was within walking distance from where I worked at the state Capitol, which was a far cry from what Waukegan had to offer.

The “Voices” on Sept. 20 reminded me that what is wanted in downtown Waukegan today is what was already here in 1946. Three hotels, bowling alley, restaurants on major corners, huge car dealers, four major department stores and so on. For a great getaway, you could go to Mathon’s Seafood Restaurant, just east of downtown, for a fabulous fish dinner.

Dorothy Gibson, Park City

Beach cleanup

Thanks to the 75 volunteers who joined with thousands of people in caring for our environment during the Alliance for the Great Lake’s Adopt-a-Beach event, part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

At the Lake County Forest Preserve’s Fort Sheridan beach alone we collected 173 pounds of trash and debris during the Sept. 15 clean-up. From discarded cigarette butts to deflated balloons to tires, claws of invasive crayfish and soft airgun pellets, volunteers combed 1.25 miles of publicly accessible lakefront to make it a pristine place for everyone to enjoy.

The cleanup was part of the Ocean Conservancy’s annual International Coastal Cleanup event. This effort is not only about keeping our beaches beautiful, it’s also about collecting valuable data that will enable us to make long-term changes to protect the environment. For example, Adopt-a-Beach cigarette litter data helped build the case for the 2007 beach smoking ban in Chicago.

A special shout out to a large group of teens from REALITY Illinois, a countywide tobacco prevention youth group, and participation by Girl Scout Lake Forest Cadet Troop 41272, the Rotary Club of Highland Park, Lake-Cook Audubon Society and Deerfield High School.

Thanks especially to the Lake County Forest Preserve District and staff for providing the logistics needed to make the cleanup a success, and to event co-chairs Jonathan Schlesinger of Plants of Concern and Charla Reinganum of the Highland Park League of Women Voters.

I encourage everyone to take a stroll this fall on our freshly cleaned Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve beachfront and appreciate this treasure. Along with the Open Lands Preserve at Bartlett Ravine, the public now has over two miles of contiguous Lake Michigan beach for passive enjoyment in Highland Park.

If you missed this year’s event, or would like to be notified of additional opportunities to care for this environmental treasure, contact Jonathan Schlesinger at Jonathan is the volunteer steward for this property and will be organizing restoration and cleanup days all year round.

Anne Flanigan Bassi, Commissioner

Lake County Forest Preserve District

Highland Park

© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit To order a reprint of this article, click here.