A good story with a happy ending is always welcome, especially when it's true. And there are few stories quite like Mutiny on the Bounty, a movie I first saw on Family Classics with Frazier Thomas (Channel 9 on Friday nights during the 1960s; later it moved to Sundays).
Last month, two dozen mayors from across America arrived in Oak Park for show-and-tell. These are public officials looking to innovate, pledged to sustainability, who seemingly share good-governance values with our village. So it was a happy choir that David Pope and Anan Abu-Taleb, presidents past and current, were preaching to in August.
There was a lot to like about last week's forum held by Anan Abu-Taleb, Oak Park's village president, and Trustee Bob Tucker. Even some typically critical village board members who sat in on the event were enthused about the turnout, the format and the president's performance.
I see that District 97 is planning on rolling out iPads to every student. While that may be a good idea, without a defined purpose for the iPads, how do we know if a major expenditure on disposable technology (they probably have a lifetime of about five years) will be worth the expense? What is the plan for their use?
At the intersection of Randolph Street and Oak Park Avenue, a police car lies in wait most afternoons, handing out citations to eastward-bound motorists who read the misleading signage at that corner, which fails to display words saying, "No Through Traffic."