Jim Bowman grew up in Oak Park and he and his wife raised their six children here. He covered religion for the Chicago Daily News 1968-78 and since then has operated independently as writer and editor. He blogs atwww.blithespirit.wordpress.com, www.oakparknewspapers.com and elsewhere.
His latest of a dozen books is Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968. He is at work on Volume 2 of his A Short History of Oak Park, based on his Blithe Spirit newsletter of the '90s.
My friend Jake is in a lather about two recent Oak Park incidents. One was the commencement-oration declaration (an occurrence at OPRF stadium) by a high school board member who announced that we are progressive (Democrats) and "and it feels great to say it."
Ask a tax-and-spender, usually a Democrat, how much tax is too much, and he will hem and haw. Ask how high a minimum wage should be, and he will react the same way. The answer he is groping for, of course, is whatever the traffic will bear. The market, that is. He will put his finger to the wind and decide what will sell. He's in the business of getting elected, after all.