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.
Over the years of doing this column I have frequently written about race and racism. Affirmative action, reparations, achievement gap, sports, village identity, crime, high school discipline and the legacy of slavery have been frequent ideas for columns.
So let me get this straight: The reason I may have to finally sign up for Facebook in order to be able to comment online is that some River Forest residents got all pissy about reconfiguring parking at the middle school, which spilled over into their municipal election. Things got so crazy that OakPark.com decided to make all posts be "Facebook verified" — whatever that means.