On an evening when Oak Park's village board took a pass on an actual discussion about an extension for a development project that actually matters and will likely actually be built, its members spent an hour debating whether to give a seventh extension to a project on Madison Street that will never be built — at least not on the terms promised or previously approved.
It was a lost opportunity last week as River Forest Township held its annual meeting, turned out a much larger than usual crowd and then failed to offer an open discussion of the suggested merger of the township and village government.
Where was Wednesday Journal when the village board was considering abandoning its partnership with Integrys for green energy, allowing ComEd to undercut the progress we've made for a measly $4 a month? I wish I could have written some letters before the vote, but I had to find out on Facebook when it was too late.
Noting that you create a prominent publication in the Oak Park and River Forest community, I wanted to bring to your attention the issue of children in the labor force. I do not believe this issue is talked about frequently enough in our community, and we often do not see the true realities of children who partake in the labor force. You may have heard cliché conversations regarding children in the work force, but how much does our community really know about their lives?
We need to rebel now. We must no longer allow most Republicans to continue to appropriate our labor and our wealth for the top one-tenth of 1 percent. These Republicans are bastardizing the whole idea of capitalism.