I've gotten to know Bob Milstein over the past few months, and I want to tell you about the guy I know. Bob takes a lot of hits because he is a character: one of those people with a personality that is neither bland nor complacent, and who speaks up when he sees things that don't make sense. He's also very funny, and if he ever leaves public service he could start a second career as a comedian. But most important to the April 5 election, is that I've witnessed in Bob the dedication and caring that is so rare in our public servants. Bob will fight for what he believes in, and yet Bob actually listens to concerned citizens and tries to understand their point of view. This is a concept so rarely seen among the members of our current arrogant village board majority that it deserves to be recognized. Finally, Bob is someone who is always on the right side: the side of protecting Oak Park's historic character and against cozy no-bid deals with developers; on the side of affordable housing and against overpricing our community and killing the diversity we prize; on the side of supporting our small, home-grown businesses and against wasteful tax subsidies to rich corporations and franchises. Bob is concerned, as am I, that Oak Park is on the verge of losing its special character. So I urge you to vote on April 5 for Bob Milstein and for the entire NLP slate.