Please don't let the Oak Park Township Board elections slip off your radar screen. The township has a much smaller budget than the village or our schools (it takes up only about 3 percent of our tax bill), but it provides key social services for us and needs to have people with competence, experience and a good knowledge of Oak Park on its board who are willing to involve the community in vetting major decisions.
If we were dependent upon letters to the editors to judge the state of our Village of Oak Park, we would be victims of a deception. That would be due to a small band of letter writers which has been consistently attacking both elected and appointed village officials, implying that the village is badly governed and in a very sorry state.
Your participation in the village elections on April 5 will chart a future course for our schools, parks, library and village with consequences far beyond the terms of those you want to elect. What makes this election so important? Why should you be motivated to vote?
Thank you for your very kind words and your generous appraisal of my candidacy for village president. Taken together with the endorsements that I have received from the other two local media outlets (March 16 Oak Leaves endorsement, and March 22 Oak Park Journal endorsement), I believe that my chances of being elected on April 5 are promising.
I appreciate Wednesday Journal's view of me as an "excellent and dedicated" board member. I respond nonetheless to its concern that I made a relatively belated decision to run for reelection. Personal and professional considerations always weigh heavily on such a decision.
When I read your analysis of my candidacy for the District 97 Elementary School Board in the March 23 issue it became clear that we are of like minds on many election-related matters, including that I'm "the real deal" and if elected, I "would be a strong, independent-minded" school board member.
I am writing to express my strong support for returning Carolyn Newberry Schwartz to the school board. I have known Carolyn for several years as a friend, and have watched over the last four years as Carolyn has poured her heart and time into school board matters.
I found your endorsement of Bob Milstein to be bizarre and illogical. Your editorial begins by saying you want a "strong leader" who can bring change in both "policy and tone" to the Board of Trustees.