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.
Students can't move on to high school without passing the U.S. Constitution test. Yet they can graduate from it without fully grasping the First Amendment. Why? Because the education system is failing teens when it comes to teaching them the greatest civics lesson of all?#34;free speech and free press.
How did we get into this latest financial pickle ("Taxman gives ultimatum on Colt building," June 1)? On Aug. 6, 2001, by a 4-3 vote, President Trapani and Trustees Carpenter, Ebner, and Gockel executed a "put-call" agreement. Trustees Hodge-West, Kostopulos and Turner voted no.
For 10 years, we have lived in a nice house on a quiet neighborhood in Oak Park. Part of the reason that it has been so peaceful here is that Carpenter Avenue, the street on which we live, extends for no more than four blocks. In other words, no one knows we're here. That, of course, has been a mixed blessing in that the Village of Oak Park also seemed to have forgotten that we even exist. Still, it seemed like a small price to pay for our solitude.
Dr. Robert Gatson, 56, a pediatrician who cared for the less fortunate Thomas Stuart, 79, WWII veteran, early computer technician Joseph Naples, 76, longtime owner of Melrose Park vegetable market James Bell, 72, professor at Daley College in Chicago Carl Linder, 84, editor and information director for Lutheran publications