If you're wondering whether genuine dialogue is possible on a deeply polarizing issue like abortion, I refer you to the One View to the left (actually, your left?#34;my right, as I look out at you from my little photo box). If you haven't already, please read Greg Black's fine, thought-provoking opinion first, then come back to this column.
Mr. Trainor, I really enjoyed your very provocative column [We all have blood on our own hands, April 20] and was moved to write by your call for a "genuine dialogue" on life issues. Such a dialogue is sorely needed if our society can ever hope to resolve the endlessly divisive "culture wars" which are too often fought with much heat and little light.
We're neither surprised nor dismayed to see Oak Park's smoking ban proponents already pressuring the new village board to rekindle debate on this important issue. As we've said before, this is largely a matter of public health, and an issue well deserving of the community's attention.
On a typical spring Sunday in 1997, clean-up was in full gear on my Oak Park block. Neighbors were raking lawns, pushed brooms across driveways, shoveling, troweling, pruning. A lawn mower whirred in the distance. Stuffed yard-waste bags, bundled twigs and brush, and the occasional odd relic piled up on the parkway.
Heralded by critics as "the world's hippest singer" and "beyond the cutting edge," internationally renowned jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will perform at 7 p.m. this Saturday, May 7, at The Arts Center, in Jazzin' Oak Park.
Leopard Woman, the new play by Oak Parker David Gilbert currently being presented by Open Door Repertory Company, is an exciting portrait of a strong, complicated woman. Charlotte Hackett is a fictional up-and-coming Hollywood actress whose blossoming career gets trashed by the McCarthy "witch hunt" of the Cold War 1950s. The title refers to her leading role in one of those campy B-movies like Wasp Woman and Cat Women of the Moon.
Enjoying the privilege of writing this column each week compels me to keep current with the latest trends in culinary arts. It's an ever-expanding field that continues to fascinate and entice a growing number of novices, all eager and hopeful of finding their niche.
On April 19, over 200 young volunteers were honored at Oak Park Village Hall at the Eighth Annual Applauding Our Youth Volunteers celebration. Over 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 19, received dinner, certificates from the State of Illinois signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a recognition gift from the organization for which they donate their time.