The goal of the District 97 board of education and of its departing superintendent Dr. John Fagan, was to make clear the path for incoming Supt. Constance Collins. To a notable degree they have succeeded and they deserve our thanks.
For many of us Mr. Trainor's columns in our local paper taking on the President and the Catholic Church seems to be like jousting with windmills. There are some local issues that could use lots of "dialogue" and editorial thought. These are issues where you could really make a difference.
Congratulations on your 25th year of publishing Wednesday Journal. My husband and I have enjoyed your paper since we moved to Oak Park 14 years ago. I wish we had been living here when you sold shares of your company. We would have been one of your original investors.
If there is anything the pro-life and pro-choice sides of the abortion argument should agree on, it's that abortion is a lousy way to conduct birth control. It's reactive, i.e. after-the-fact, and implies a fundamental disrespect for life.
After attending a recent village board study session on diversity I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the change I saw. Many board members were actually expressing support for maintaining diversity and concerned and interested in doing something about it.
I strongly encourage you to assist the Magawa African Drum Studio in finding a new home in Oak Park. After such a dynamic beginning at its present Harrison Street location, it would be a grave loss for the Oak Park community if the studio leaves Oak Park when its temporary lease expires at the end of July.
Sometimes we need to look back to look ahead, and then we move beyond the past and re-commit to bettering the future of our children. For two years, I have wanted to voice my opinion on issues that started at Holmes School. Having related issues at Brooks that are now behind us, it is time to frankly discuss these issues.
As an Oak Park resident and grateful graduate of OPRF High School, I hope you will reject the Boosters' proposal for stadium lights on the high school football field and adjacent playing fields. There are other areas of our children's education that need more attention than the ability to play night games. Additionally, the long-term expenses and the harm to Oak Park's historical character make stadium lights undesirable.