This responds to your editorial of June 1 titled "Taxman plays his cards downtown." Your analysis of the present situation was accurate, and you were right on the mark in urging the present village board to bestir itself and "enter into serious negotiations with Taxman."
In response to your column of May 11 ("It's good vs. good, not good vs. evil"), you propose that the dialogue about abortion should focus on how both the "good" of life for pre-born children and the "good" of a woman's reproductive rights (as you have defined them) can "win."
Your editorial on the New Leadership Coalition monitoring the Village Board of Trustees meetings is interesting ("Trustees were elected. No 'monitoring' needed," June 8). You say the monitoring is "creepy." Are you aware that the Village Manager Association (VMA) stalwarts are currently at every meeting monitoring events?
Is dialogue on such a thorny issue as abortion worthwhile only if we can be sure it will resolve the dispute? Dialogue isn't a debate, where one side or the other will be judged the winner. If one side wins and the other loses, the conflict, and the division, continue.
We were pleased to see the village board last week have a respectful and critical discussion about the future of Downtown Oak Park, especially as it relates to historic preservation. One could argue that Crandall and Arambula's master plan gave short shrift to preservation. Moreover, it's a good idea to give the new board a chance to publicly review the final plan.
According to the village website, Oak Park has 12 distinct business districts with more than 4,000 businesses, including over 75 restaurants, national and local retail stores and art galleries. This does not divide Oak Park businesses into large and small. It does not enumerate how many retail stores are national or local.
Classic compression is in play. Lot 8, at Marion and Ontario Streets, will soon be closed down for the new construction, The Regency Club, and no new parking will be available to pick up the slack. That's the first element, remove existing parking.