Negativity, cynicism and attacks are not 'the Oak Park way'


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The Downtown Oak Park Sub Area Steering Committee spent many hours over the last three months fulfilling its purpose of trying to figure out what is best for the "superblock" area?#34;bounded by Harlem-Marion-Lake and North Boulevard. The committee was inclusive, open, and attentive to citizen input throughout the process. The reckless charges made by Christine Vernon in these pages last week, accusing the committee of being "riddled with conflict," was a contemptible slap in the face of everyone?#34;committee members and other citizens?#34;who selflessly gave of their time and energy for the good of Oak Park. Their efforts should be praised, not denigrated.

The continued attempts by some to foster discord over discourse must end. The culture of negativity and cynicism on display in some quarters is not and never should be "the Oak Park way."

Reasonable people can disagree about process and plans, but the ad hominem attacks and counter-attacks have no place in the public domain.

Ray Johnson
Oak Park village trustee

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