With Redd Griffin there was no such thing as a short conversation. He knew too much, and it was all connected. He could take you to the seemingly innocuous intersection of Oak Park Avenue and Lake Street, and suddenly you saw it — and the entire village — as the juxtaposition of old world architecture (southeast corner, modeled on the Rothaus in Frankfort, Germany) and the new world (southwest corner, the Prairie-style Scoville Square building).
If it takes a village, Oak Park was well represented Wednesday night at Unity Temple. Representatives from most of the village's civic and governing entities, along with a wide array of community stakeholders were on hand to hear a Nobel laureate in economics make a forceful case for the cost efficiency and long-term social benefits of helping parents and preschool children develop the skills needed to be successful in school and in life.
It's morning after in America. Whatever happened yesterday in our grand quadrennial exercise in citizenship, it would be lovely to predict that Americans will now close ranks and come together following a long, hard-fought struggle. Alas, we all know that is not the case.
Here we are at last, fellow citizens, a week before Armageddon — or Deliverance, depending on your point of view. Next Tuesday, will our future be determined by LIVs (low information voters), NIVs (no information voters) and MIVs (misinformation voters)? Will our president-elect be someone who represents the many or the few?
The joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these too are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community composed of men and women.
I owe Dave Schweig a response. After the Aurora, Colo. movie house massacre in late July, I challenged the NRA, and all Second Amendment champions, to acknowledge the responsibility that goes with their freedom to own — and in more and more states to carry — guns. Rights and responsibilities go hand in hand, I wrote, but gun advocates don't seem to feel any responsibility to do anything that might make it harder for madmen to acquire small arsenals and shoot up public places [Maximum freedom, minimal responsibility, Viewpoints, Aug. 1].