Whereas some parents are pushing for more draconian measures like drug-sniffing dogs (see last week's column) to keep drugs out of OPRF High School, I support a remedy recommended by cooler heads: Talk to your kids.
Imagine this: Drug-sniffing dogs greeting your children when they arrive at Oak Park and River Forest High School, conducting locker searches on a random but regular basis. Even if you don't have children at the high school, you're still supporting that institution with your taxes. Is this the environment you want to create for our kids?
Oscar night looms, which means it's time for my Annual Alternative Academy Awards, given to nominated films in categories other than those designated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
When the revolution began in Egypt, it probably comes as no surprise that several Oak Parkers were eyewitnesses. Temma Ecker, who runs an enrichment travel company, Journeys of the Mind, Inc., from her home in Oak Park, had just boarded a cruise ship in Aswan for a trip down the Nile, when demonstrations broke out on Jan. 28.
'The popular will is suddenly asserting itself all over the globe. Ordinary citizens are standing up to leaders who have at their disposal the finest military arsenals our money can buy and about as much conscience as Son of Sam.
Flowers, cards, chocolate, dinner ... Valentine's Day. Do you have a sweetheart? Do you know someone with a sweet heart? How many couples out to dinner on Feb. 14 are genuinely in love? How many are quietly hoping for more? How many are comfortably complacent? How many are just going through the motions? How many resent this artificial exercise almost as much as they dislike each other?
Oak Park (and River Forest too) are filled with outspoken people whose opinions are informed and therefore carry some weight. And lately, there has been a lot to weigh in on, so we asked four residents, all of whom have been profiled in Wednesday Journal in the past and whose opinions we respect, to give us their quick take on four issues that have occupied the cultural/political spotlight of late.
Happy Groundhog Day. Did you see your shadow? Probably not if it's still snowing. As an annual observance, Groundhog Day is problematic, raising more questions than answers. With all due respect to Punxsutawney Phil, the whole thing seems rigged. What is the lifespan of groundhogs? How old is Phil?
If any issue cries out for a more civil dialogue in the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, it is legal abortion, 38 years old this week. In all that time, there has been almost no dialogue whatsoever. Both sides are locked in ideological trench warfare, digging in and demonizing the other.
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, three men took the industrial-strength playground from John and Patty Henek's backyard in River Forest. It's OK though. The Heneks are hoping other kids will get some use from it ... in Haiti.