Saturday night the Oak Park and River Forest softball team gave a graduation present to its families, friends, and classmates: The long pursued Class AA State championship. In one of the longest championship games in Illinois history, the Huskies defeated four-time State champion Moline 4-1 in 11 innings at Eastside Centre in East Peoria.
"It was an unbelievable season," said a disenchanted Chris Ledbetter after his team fell 9-6 to Mt. Carmel in the Class AA Baseball State quarterfinals at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva on Friday afternoon. "I'm obviously disappointed."
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.