Throughout my career as a municipal manager it has been my practice not to comment publicly on personnel issues not only because I am professionally obliged to refrain from such communications but because I respect the privacy rights of employees.
When negotiations between West Suburban Hospital and Resurrection Health Care were underway, there were many sincere community concerns that were rightfully centered on the many implications?#34;both philosophical and practical?#34;of an independent hospital moving under the auspices of a larger Catholic system.
Lately, Madison Street seems to be in the Oak Park news with increasing regularity ("Along Madison, neighbors worry about crime, 'qualify of life,'" June 29). For the past five years, I have lived within a block of Madison (west of Oak Park Avenue), and in that time, I have watched the quality of life in my quiet neighborhood slowly erode.
Lincoln School's ban on riding bikes to school so outraged me I decided to write a sneering letter denouncing the policy. I went to the Oak Park Public Library, mounted one of their computers, ordered a "giddy up" and started typing.
I know the parking situation in Oak Park has been awful since I moved here 20-plus years ago. But recently we received two citations for parking on Euclid so the family could have dinner in a nearby restaurant.
Last week, my neighborhood was in the news because of a horrible murder. This week, Trading Spaces was filming here. I'm disappointed that the only coverage we received this week, from my favorite newspaper was a few paragraphs next to the picture of the 'person of interest.'