John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday Journal columnist and now a blogger. John has some pretty strong opinions about Oak Park and a wry way of putting them across. You won't want to leave his blog without leaving a comment of your own.
A long with the new fall TV lineup, the commencement of football season, and cooler temperatures, each fall we are reminded that there is an achievement gap in our schools that never closes. This year's reminder of the omnipresent gap took the form of the snarky question, "Why a referendum on a new pool, but nothing on closing the gap?"
It's not easy being a university president these days. You have a lot to do: fundraising, dealing with prickly alumni and legislators, trying to somehow reconcile athlete and student, being sensitive to the needs and whims of post-adolescents, and being the face of the university.
It seems such a long time from the halcyon days of November and December of 2008, following the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president of the United States. Many of us were genuinely hopeful that maybe his appeal to our better natures just might reverse the sclerotic, hateful partisanship of our political system. Racism in that bright shining time seemed on the wane.
There are lots of opinions about guns. I thought these facts were surprising and enlightening. The essay concluded that common-sense gun law reform was unlikely in the absence of a counterweight lobbying arm to the NRA. I believe Michael Bloomberg has recently put part of his considerable wealth toward just such an enterprise. Hope springs eternal.
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