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.
After I saw 12 Years A Slave, the Academy Award winner for Best Picture, I wrote a column on Nov. 12, titled, "White Americans need an education in slavery." To my surprise, the column elicited far more comments from readers than any column I have ever written. At last count, there were more than 400 comments, and they came from all over the country. The comments were still coming in February. I was hoping to reach 500, but a recent check revealed this statement: "Wednesday Journal staff have disabled comments on this page." I assume that the "discussion" had gotten out of hand, and the n-word must have reared its ugliness.
On Jan. 1, Illinois joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia, which have legalized marijuana for medical use. As of that same date, Oregon and Colorado residents don't even have to be sick, they can smoke up just because they don't feel groovy.