A week ago I bundled up in the cold (I know, poor boy) and headed over to Oak Park Village Hall for a Monday night meeting. I wanted to be there when Anan Abu-Taleb accomplished his first major feat as village president: unanimous backing to remake Part 2 of the village's thoroughly and historically muffed economic development process.
On Jan. 1, Illinois joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia, which have legalized marijuana for medical use. As of that same date, Oregon and Colorado residents don't even have to be sick, they can smoke up just because they don't feel groovy.
As a former defense lawyer, I take a dim view of most lawsuits filed by plaintiff's lawyers. I once defended against a class action brought on behalf of ticket holders to an N 'Sync concert because they were stuck in a traffic jam and arrived late to the concert. They wanted their tickets refunded.
The best book I read in 2013 was Passionate Marriage by a therapist named David Schnarch, who says that what passes for love is often little more than seeking external validation. We "love" the other person as long as he or she validates us, but since that level of regard usually wanes over the years, it's not a surprise that couples frequently grow more distant.
I was surprised when I read an opinion piece in this paper that said the race for Cook County commissioner is "in effect, a two-person race" [It's down to two — let's make the right choice, Viewpoints, Feb. 5].
My junior year in Honors American History class, I remember being presented with a debate topic, "Which black leader's tactics do you agree with most?" We were choosing between Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Black Panther Party. Undoubtedly they were all leaders with desires for justice and equality within the black community.
So long, Ray. But let's talk about your replacement on the Oak Park village board. It is a political parlor game with Village President Anan Abu-Taleb playing the lead part. But there are other moving parts, too.
I note the rapidity and zeal with which St. Edmund is moving to prohibit legal firearm possession on church premises. This is clearly their right under the recently passed Illinois concealed-carry law.