Shrubtown August 17, 2016

Opinion: Shrubtown

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By Marc Stopeck

Editorial Cartoonist / Weekly Sales Representative

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Email: marc@oakpark.com

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Monica Sheehan  

Posted: August 25th, 2016 11:37 PM

Another brilliant editorial cartoon, thanks Marc! To any objective observer, it is incredible that just this year alone the OPRF school board has wasted tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars and countless hours of voters' time, attending community meetings to provide input on the proposed pool plans, and then dismissed it. For the second time in as many votes, the school board chose the Mercedes of pool plans when voters overwhelmingly preferred the pragmatic pool plan. It costs half as much, meets all needs, provides more community usage and preserves the community/high school parking garage. What's up with this $44.5 million school board pool referendum? At least this time around, our voting rights haven't been taken away, and we will vote on this plan in November. I urge you to Vote NO in NOvember to the Mercedes of pool plans. Send the school board a strong message, choose the pragmatic pool plan and move on to the MORE important issues at OPRF including student outcomes and the Achievement Gap.

John Butch Murtagh  

Posted: August 16th, 2016 5:01 PM

Christine - your comments are on the mark.

Christine Vernon  

Posted: August 16th, 2016 4:25 PM

Years of phoney "Town Hall" type meetings for citizen input that is ignored. It has been going on for YEARS. Unless you really pay attention and get involved, you won't even know it is going on. People have lives, demanding jobs, kids to do homework with. It takes a yeoman effort to follow the politics in Oak Park and many families can't afford the time. So, the "we know what's best for you" people prevail and ignore public opinion. Just because we elected an independent Village President, the Village Manager Association, a legal political party, still rules. The Boards and Commissions are stepping stones to the Village Board, feeder committees, if you will, for the future Trustees. Anyone not in step with VMA policies is quickly or slowly screened out. Oak Park is not a democracy. One party rule for more than sixty years and no end in sight to that. The problem exists in many municipalities, states across the Nation and at the Federal level as well...the replacements offered can be worse than the current twisted reality of a government! We have got to figure out how to have a democracy in this country or the future is grim. Wish we would start in Oak Park. There is nothing to be afraid of, I think it would be a phenomenal social experiment and everyone knows, Oak Parkers like to be on the cutting edge of social experiments!

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