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.
It is a topic that inspires passion yet requires intellect. History, economics, politics, sociology, psychology and culture are all part of the analysis. An understanding is enhanced by reading such different sources as census data and James Baldwin. Best of all, each and every one of us has lived in America, and has had experiences that bear on the issue. Everyone has an opinion, even if it is seldom expressed.
I've gotten over my disappointment about not winning the recent Powerball lottery. I drew comfort from the extremely unlikely odds that I would win and feel sure those odds were increased by the fact that I had not purchased a ticket.
As 2015 draws to a close, fear grips the country. Polls document that Americans are afraid. The slaughter of 120 people in Paris who were just out enjoying a Friday night, and the murders of 14 employees attending an office party in San Bernardino were relentlessly documented on the air waves, ad nauseum.
Until just recently I haven't been following the story about District 200's decision to knock down its garage and build a fancy swimming pool to replace the old money pit pool. I don't pretend to know the specifics, but sometimes maybe you don't need to. So I'm either like Ben Carson on foreign policy or an idiot savant.