You inadvertently stumbled onto the actual origin of the team name [Let's hear it for the Washington Potatoheads! Ken Trainor, Viewpoints, Oct. 23]. The Boston Redskins, before moving to D.C. in 1937, were named after the patriots (not "angry white guys") who dumped tea in Boston Harbor disguised as Indians.
While it is true that "gun owners just want to be left alone" as Ray Simpson pointed out in his One View last week [Viewpoints, Oct. 23], we as gun owners certainly recognize that we have a clear responsibility to everyone to be not only law abiding, but to look for thoughtful ways to improve the laws that exist in Illinois and to suggest ways to improve laws nationally.
A week ago Tuesday morning there was an altercation on a stairwell at OPRF. One student pushed another and the second student went over a railing, falling to the landing a floor below. Thankfully for those of us who have walked those stairs, the student's injuries were less than we would have expected. No head injury. Damage to ribs and legs and then back in school the next day.
The Ninth Annual Oak Park International Film Festival was a huge success on many levels. It received positive press in local daily and weekly papers as well as TV, radio and online calendar mentions. It provided a film component to Downtown Oak Park and Visit Oak Park's "Oaktoberfest."
There are a lot of ideas floating through Oak Park's village hall right now. That's all good. Unleashing staff to use their expertise in areas of budgeting, parking, policing, etc. would be a positive change in an environment where professionals have too frequently held back, worrying that initiative would not be rewarded.
It would be mild to say that this page has been critical of Chris Welch. The recently elected state representative from the 7th District, representing River Forest, Forest Park and parts of Oak Park, has been toasted, braised and broiled by Wednesday Journal and its sister paper in Forest Park for his cynical political operation of the failed Proviso Township high schools.