Yes, we can judge by this decision

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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I read the April 23 articles in Wednesday Journal about Oak Park's decision to abandon its position on green energy and opt for a return to polluting "brown" energy.

I was appalled by Anan Abu-Taleb's statement that "Judging the board by one decision, I think, is kind of unfair to us as a board." This is a ridiculous statement.

If Abu-Taleb's board made a decision that all minorities (blacks, Hispanics, Jews, gays, Arabs, Asians, etc.) should be forced to leave Oak Park, Anan Abu-Taleb's position would be that the community should not judge the board by this decision because it is only one decision.

All decisions made by the board are not equal. Some go directly to the heart of long-established principles which the vast majority of Oak Parker's believe in and which go to the heart of the social contract for which our community is well known.

Going green is one of those principles. President Abu-Taleb and the majority of this board are out of touch with the core principles that make Oak Park what it is today.

The board should have signed a contract for continued use of green energy and allowed those who wish to opt out and use brown energy to do so.

Alan Krause

Oak Park

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Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: May 16th, 2014 11:00 AM

The logic doesn't make sense. If only 10% switched to green, then there's not much support to the argument that this is part of "long established principles which a vast majority of Oak Parkers believe in". Like voting out the VMA, maybe Oak Park is changing for the better?

OP Res 253 from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 16th, 2014 10:54 AM

Oh. Dear. Lord. I am happy to judge the board's decision to serve the economic interest and, clearly, the majority will of its constituencies. For too long this village has been governed by the vocal wing nut minorities that do things like equate not paying off green-scammers with adopting Jim Crowe laws. Go home, Alan, you're drunk.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 16th, 2014 9:37 AM

@Foomer - be cautious about using the word "Drivel" The opinion editors seem to take it personally. Funny, tho, the word seems to be coming up more and more frequently - of late. Could it be that the readers are starting to read for content?


Posted: May 16th, 2014 9:26 AM

How did this drivel get published? It sees like somethign a 5th grader would write right after learning about slavery in school. This decision is no where near the same level as kicking all the minorities out of town

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 16th, 2014 7:16 AM

@Kathleen - BUT that 6% believe that they are the real heart and soul of Oak Park. Like everything else around here the progressives know what is best for all of us and they can prove it by telling us how they feel. Line up facts and statistics and they fight back by putting their fingers in their ears - close their eyes real tight and hum real loud until you are done - and then a while longer.

Jim from South Oak Park  

Posted: May 7th, 2014 9:03 AM

The sky is falling! THE SKY IS FALLING!!


Posted: May 7th, 2014 8:42 AM

Maybe if we spent less money on taxes we could afford to be more environmentally conscious. Everything can't be a priority. Illinois - coastal cost without the advantages.


Posted: May 7th, 2014 8:31 AM

According to the WJ chart, fewer than 6% of OP households have chosen the so-called green electricity option. Hardly a tidal wave.

Knock it Off from OP  

Posted: May 7th, 2014 5:13 AM

I fully support the Board's decision to choose the lowest cost energy supplier as default, and to allow those who want to pay more for "green" energy to seek it out for themselves. Alan Krause is nothing but a bully for his point of view?and I daresay that fewer than half of OPers will ultimately want to pay for green energy (that isn't really green btw).

Be Honest  

Posted: May 6th, 2014 10:45 PM

I do not understand how anyone can claim that the vast majority of Oak Parkers are committed to being green when the vast majority of Oak Parkers drive around town in large gas guzzling vehicles.

OP Transplant  

Posted: May 6th, 2014 5:42 PM

Mr. Krause - Comparing Anan's financially-based decision to choose "brown" energy to a hypothetical decision to ban all minorities is so nonsensical that I'm not even sure how to disagree with you. Is it even possible for an Oak Parker to disagree with something without bringing up race? If so, it doesn't happen often.

Jim Bowman from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 6th, 2014 5:07 PM

Wow. Not remaining green is up there with banning blacks and Jews etc.? I'd be appalled too if I thought so.

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