The school board elections are near and everyone, whether you have students in the schools or not, should look at the candidates running for school board closely. There are several candidates running, but residents should look at all aspects of the candidates.
It is unfortunate that, in lauding Dr. Fagan's accomplishments, the current and former board presidents failed to include any mention of special education, which serves almost 20 percent of District 97 students ("Collins will build on Fagan's success at D97," Feb. 23).
Voters in the next Village election to be held on April 5 face deeply important decisions that will have lasting impact on Oak Park. Responding to these challenges will require a careful balance of creativity and pragmatism. In this election, voters will have to choose between distinct alternative views for the future of our village. Recent letters to the editor in these pages provide a window into some of these differences.
The Village Managers Association's (VMA) process was as open and inclusive as the participants could have wished for! At the start of the Selection Committee process, there were 60-plus people in attendance. Anyone who left the VMA organization did so on their own volition and were not thrown out or asked to leave. For the first time, I spent 12 weeks participating in the process. This led to the selection of a slate of excellent candidates: for President of the Village Board, Diana Carpenter, for Trustees, Ray Barbosa, Dorothy Reid and Mas Takiguchi, and for Village Clerk, Sandra Sokol.
There are three issues regarding a ban on smoking in public places: public health, civil rights, and economic development. No specific conclusions on the first two are necessary in order to see what is best for Oak Park?#34;just consider the economic impact and the wisest choice becomes obvious.
Did WEDNESDAY JOURNAL editors purposely juxtapose Dan Haley's "Whine of the Week" ("'The sickness' descends, swallows family whole," Feb. 16) with the story of the Brennan Zuba family ("Hoping to turn bad news into good")? Hope that put things into perspective for you Dan.
In a few weeks the weather will be warmer and birds will again be migrating north. And since the library staff has still not figured out how to turn out the lights at night, I expect to see the usual assortment of dead songbirds under the library windows early each morning.
I am writing in response to an article in WEDNESDAY JOURNAL regarding Oak Park's Animal Shelter Task Force and the current village ordinance that requires holding stray animals for 30 days before they are either placed or euthanized ("Should OP delay euthanasia for unadoptable animals?" Feb. 16).
My wife and I made a very conscious decision to return to Oak Park, to a home that is only a dozen blocks from my own childhood home on North Cuyler. We were drawn by the village's continuing commitment to values that we share, and we remain deeply invested in the future of this community. Oak Park is a very special place. It is far more than just another bedroom community, a quick El ride from the Loop. Oak Park is really a mindset, and a way of life.