Journal's error a plausible village board mistake


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Congratulations on your 25th year of publishing Wednesday Journal. My husband and I have enjoyed your paper since we moved to Oak Park 14 years ago. I wish we had been living here when you sold shares of your company. We would have been one of your original investors.

There have been occasions that I have been tempted to write to you concerning errors in the paper, but felt that you probably received enough of those types of letters each week. However, I just couldn't resist this time as I thought this error was particularly humorous and it made me laugh. (That is, after I read it a few times to be sure what Katharine Grayson really meant.)

I am enclosing the article in question ("Taxman gives ultimatum on Colt building," June 1) and want to add that I was stunned when I read that the village would make a decision to buy the Colt building numerous times. ("The company and the board have previously agreed to extend the deadline by which the village must make a decision to redevelop or buy the site numerous times.") The way the village board is spending our money on properties, it would not surprise me if they did buy a property more than once, but it certainly would not be a prudent way to spend our tax dollars. (Not that I think they are being prudent if they only buy it once.) It would have made a little more sense to say: The company and the board have previously agreed to extend the deadline numerous times, etc.

Keep up the good work, but watch the way those sentences are structured. You could cause your readers to have a heart attack.

Anne Henders
Oak Park

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