Dear Oak Parkers: I am writing to thank you for your support and your willingness to elect me to a fourth term as your village clerk. The outpouring of votes, calls, and notes, both before and after the election, are so rewarding and are very much appreciated.
There are many elements to a great concession speech such as graciousness, congratulations to opponents, calls for unity, appeals for common ground, language which heals, pride, bridges which move us forward and thanks to all who worked hard on either side to elect their candidates.
We recently received a letter from the Historic Preservation Commission announcing a public hearing regarding a neighbor's plans to repair their front porch. We knew this was coming but are still confused about why these friends are facing a delay in obtaining a building permit for the work.
I read with great interest the letter printed here April 6 from the Oak Park Board of Health. I quote: "Finally, when Board of Health Chairperson Lois Halstead requested at the March 7 meeting that the trustees table the smoke-free ordinance because productive discussions between health advocates and restaurant owners were underway, Trustees Carpenter, Kostopulos and Johnson once again turned their back on productive dialog and pushed ahead to vote the ordinance down."
My efforts at bridge-building on the abortion issue [Can Pro-Life and Pro-Choice find common ground?, Jan. 26] went over as expected?#34;a plunk instead of a plank. Three or four letter writers responded, which I appreciate, although they were largely of the condescending "oh you poor misguided man, let me set you straight" variety. A couple gave me credit for trying, but mostly they showed they weren't really listening.
The compromise last week which saw Flora Green shifted from the principalship at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School to a newly created post as second-in-command in District 97's special education program was a wise one. The appointment is a two-year bridge to Green's retirement from the district after a career of genuine service, and clearly it was to Green and her supporters a more palatable move than the perceived demotion to the rank of teacher.