Last week, I endorsed a couple of ideas that riled up the reactionaries: 1) Anyone who opposes federal funding of National Public Radio should be forced to listen to it, and 2) Tea Party members should be required to take a test on the U.S. Constitution. Judging by the responses, my comments warrant further explanation.
The election is less than two weeks away. You can read our endorsements elsewhere in this section. But as you ponder the issues and candidates, here's some perspective — from someone who knows quite a bit about local governance.
I thought of Rev. Stan Rudcki the other day. Stan was the resident philosopher and Renaissance man at Niles College, a little known and less remembered institution of higher learning that occupied the corner of Touhy and Harlem. In the early '70s, when I attended, it served as the college level seminary of the Chicago Archdiocese.
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.