Vote to stop return of pesticides to parks

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The pesticide ban on park district property put in place in April 1991, by the then newly elected majority CARE Party board, has contributed much to the health of our residents and our planet. Babies can crawl in the grass and put their fingers in their mouths without parents needing to fear severe gastrointestinal disease and nerve disorders. Dogs can frolic in the park and chew on grass without ingesting pesticides and dying. Rabbits can build burrows without their young dying hideous deaths breathing pesticide-laced soil. Worms can grow strong enough to aerate the soils. Birds can find worms that are pesticide free, guaranteeing that their egg shells will be strong. The rain runoff from Oak Park is no longer polluted with poisons, traveling via ground water and the Des Plaines River to the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and then to the Gulf of Mexico and oceans worldwide. Along its path, these poisons get into the human food chain by infecting trout, pike, perch, catfish, shrimp and the water fowl that drink that water and eat those fish.

The two park commissioners slated and elected by me as CARE Party president joined with Mr. Oak Park, Bud Corry, to effect this ban. I can still see the pained face of buildings and grounds head Michael Grandy, chagrined at the progressiveness of that board. It is, unfortunately, no surprise that Jessica Bullock and her pals on the current park board are agreeing to the new policy of Gary Balling and Michael Grandy to begin poisoning our parks and our planet anew. Their attitude toward trees and wildlife in the last 10 years has shown their cavalier attitude toward our planet as an abode of life.

Make no mistake. This is just the first step in a return to pesticides throughout the park district. The health of your babies, your pets, the wildlife and to a smaller extent your planet hang in the balance. Let the park commissioners know of your concern and then vote in April to elect as park commissioners those opposed, unlike the insiders like Ms. Bullock, to the renewed use of pesticides in any form and in any amount. It's poison, folks.

Les Golden
Oak Park

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Posted: February 18th, 2011 3:54 PM

@Tom Scharre, since you're so blase about life, perhaps you should do the rest of us a favor and end your life right now? It's obviously of no value to you.

Tom Scharre  

Posted: February 17th, 2011 1:24 PM

@Nancy: Life is a chronic, incurable, fatal disease. 100% of the time. Run for your life.

Tom from River Forest  

Posted: February 17th, 2011 12:53 PM

"The two park commissioners slated and elected by me as CARE Party president joined with Mr. Oak Park, Bud Corry, to effect this ban." Really Les? You were the only person who voted in that election? I know citizen apathy is on the rise but that is ridiculous. Les, you really have an comically inflated sense of your significance in Oak Park politics.

Nancy Trock T-Renegade Fitness from Oak Park  

Posted: February 17th, 2011 11:51 AM

PESTICIDES ARE TOXIC. This is a well-known fact. Consequences of pesticide use are both immediate and long-term. It's unbelievable "the village" would even consider this strategy.

Tom Scharre  

Posted: February 17th, 2011 11:13 AM

I should know better than to tug on this loopy thread, but I can't help noting the recent proponents of artificial turf in Lindberg Park raised the weed-choked conditions as a safety concern. Now, trying to control the weeds is also a safety concern. Poor Mr. Grandy. Sadly, we cannot eliminate all risk from this world. Perhaps the day will come when our energy is supplied by unicorn farts & all earth is bathed in Purell. But I doubt it. Don't worry so happy.

Preventive Health Provider from Oak Park  

Posted: February 16th, 2011 3:52 PM


Violet Aura  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 9:30 PM

Like wow, man...Can you dig it?

Marie af0onso from fsfd  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:21 PM

when clouds are above you itnever rains because the sedds

resident from dfdsf  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:21 PM

Ameritech needs better things to do with trees than

Alex D. from dfasfs  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:20 PM

silly things mean to silly folks lolita from the mouth of babes

Kincaid from asfda  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:20 PM

when in the course of human events

ad from dfafs  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:19 PM

The nice thing for nice people to say nice

ted from op  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:19 PM

I meant to say that when our people find a way

john from op  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 8:18 PM

When good people come to the wonderment of

Mr Green Jeans of N Forest Avenue from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:52 PM

Wow, Les...8 posts in 4 minutes using different aliases for each. Did you use a phone book? Again, back away from the computer and go remove the oil-leaking, rusting, polluting hulk of a vehicle from your yard.

Joan-Marie Thomasson from Oak Park Illinois  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:29 PM

Alex is a healthy dog and I want to keep him that way. If we have to elect a new board to stop this madness so be it. NO PESTICIDES IN MY PARKS

Mary Contreras from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:28 PM

There's no pesticide sparying in River Forest, yet their grass is green and healthy. We can do the sasme in Oak Park.

Barry Winograd from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:27 PM

Whoever achieves the helath of the earth should be thanked. Thank you.

Mrs. J.W. Heller from Oal Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:26 PM

The Park District should be ashamed of planning to spray pesticides anywhere that chuildren play.

Ted Fielding of Oak Prk from OP  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:25 PM

Poison and grass lands and parks are not a good mix.

Elmer Ellenburg from Oak Park Village  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:25 PM

We have only one planet and we have to protect it.

Jane W. from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:24 PM

Putting pesticides back in the parks would be a bad idea.

Al Dale from OP  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 5:23 PM

Pesticides are bad.

Field Park Neighbor from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 4:14 PM

Once again, Les (all about me) Golden mischaracterizes facts and libels fine local public servants, ones who actually do great work within or under budgets. If you've ever dropped off someone at Field Center via the alley, you can see Mr. Golden's version of "do what I say, not what I do" environmentalism on display. For 15 years, the rusting 1969 Chevy Nova is his yard has been an eyesore, and has caused infinitely more damage to the planet than the small amount of safe chemicals used.

Park User from Oak Park  

Posted: January 12th, 2011 12:38 PM

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