Light our minds, not the stadium

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I read with great sadness Wednesday Journal's support of lights for the stadium at OPRF High School. In a society increasingly split between the haves and have-nots and decreasing levels of respectful citizenship, I am perplexed that poor data is being used to support lights for the stadium. Where is the traffic study of the impact of these lights on surrounding neighborhoods? What is the companion expense contributed to decrease the academic achievement gap between the haves and have-nots at OPRF?

At the OPRF Debate Club fundraiser last night, about 100 people listened whilst Colleen Connell, Illinois ACLU president, spoke about the infringement on our civil rights by the Patriot Act. Where is the financial support for debate to support our activities as citizens?

Are we as adult citizens modeling respectful engagement with our community? Perhaps the reason the stadium stands are not full is because families are engaging in survival by working, or other activities claim their interest in their free time. These assumptions are as valid as the myth that lights will fill the stadium; both are based on interest and conjecture. In any event, incorrect data is a poor basis for a decision affecting our whole community, no matter where you are a neighbor.

Light our minds, not the stadium.

Mary Rose Lambke
Oak Park

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