Ray Johnson's Solution To A Non-Existent Problem

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By John Hubbuch

It's not really a big deal, but I thought it odd that according to Marty Stempniak's report two gay Village trustees, Ray Johnson and Colette Lueck, were proposing that the village partner with the high school's Gay-Straight Alliance to post a video on the website "It Gets Better Project". The website according to Marty's report was created last month after several gay teenager's committed suicide because they were bullied for being gay.

What is odd about all this was Mr. Johnson's quote: " We know we don't have an issue here, but we don't want to wait." Given the many genuine problems the Village faces why would the Village want to spend time and effort solving a problem that didn't exist? This approach of not waiting until there is a problem to solve it would be also applicable to dog fighting and meth labs-- problems somewhere but not here. (I hope)

There's a line between being a Village trustee and an individual citizen. It's kind of blurry here.

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john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: November 5th, 2010 10:24 PM

RAY JOHNSON I guess I was overcome by the cynicism of the recent election. My apologies if I offended you.

Ray Johnson - Village Trustee from Oak Park, IL  

Posted: November 1st, 2010 2:01 PM

I don't believe the context of the quote is correct; what was meant is that there isn't a problem of teen suicide in Oak Park -- there is absolutely problems with bullying of all kinds, but especially with regard to LGBT people. Mr. Murtagh -- your suggestion that I've only talked about bullying because of an upcoming election is offensive at best. I have nearly 20 years of history working on discrimination in Oak Park and this project continues that commitment.

Michael  

Posted: October 26th, 2010 12:56 PM

There is nothing wrong with being proactive. I wonder if the High Schools that the kids that committed Suicide were from thought they had a problem before the tragedies.

john murtagh from Oak Park  

Posted: October 24th, 2010 4:09 PM

REWRITE OF RAY JOHNSON QUOTE. We know we don't have an issue here, but we don't want to wait, and there is a village election next spring and I am running for my third term. Cmon Ray you are better than this type of politicing.

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