For two weeks in a row, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL has published letters questioning the psychological well-being and motivation of TEAM parents seeking reform ("Critics of OPRF's TEAM program have gone too far," May 4 and "This parent is happy with OPRF's TEAM work," May 11). Surely WEDNESDAY JOURNAL will find space for a TEAM parent to respond to these scandalous personal attacks.
For years, or more accurately for decades, the two hallmarks of Oak Park politics were intensity and civility. There were always differences of opinion being expressed by activists on all sides, but one always understood that opponents on one issue would likely be working together on another, or at least sitting on the same side at a ball game or soccer match.
Last week, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL printed a letter from Forest Park Commissioner Theresa Steinbach regarding a bill that Senator Kimberly Lightford and I are sponsoring in the current session of the General Assembly ("OP should know what Senator Harmon's up to"). I write to clear up some misconceptions in Commissioner Steinbach's letter.
Development. Two words come to mind: improvement and progress. Development is not just about growth and change. Improvement and progress encompass what development should accomplish. There is no question that the downtown area of Oak Park is in dire need of progressive and improvement.
I am writing in response to last week's One View by Jay Arbetman, "Harrison Street is hip, but sadly neglected." I don't know what Mr. Arbetman's connection to Harrison Street is, but as a long time business owner on Harrison Street, I would like to offer a different perspective.
As co-chairs of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) we would like to clarify any misconception that may have arisen as a result of the article referencing the "Day of Silence" which appeared in the May 11 issue of the JOURNAL ("OPRF 'heterosexual quiz' rankles dad, OPALGA, too").
For much of the last two years, parents of some students in the Oak Park and River Forest High School Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream (TEAM) program have been expressing their concerns and discontent with the educational program their children are receiving.
As we embark upon our new board's first regular session, I would take this moment to thank the outgoing trustees and president for their service, and to look ahead with optimism and hope to the opportunities that lie before us.
Like an aging relative, the Oak Park Regional Housing Center wants to remind everyone that it's still around and still needed. So the Housing Center put on a forum at the Oak Park Public Library titled "The Housing Center: Our Future Oak Park Still Needs Us."