Here we go again ("Mosquito spraying a maybe for OP," Aug. 17). How about our president and trustees keeping "close watch in Oak Park" instead of the district manager for the Mosquito Abatement District (MAD)? How about if our trusees weigh in and vote aye or nay on spraying pesticides?
It has been seven weeks since GALA's marvelous fireworks to celebrate our country's birthday on the Fourth of July. Although threatened by rain most of the day, the ground and aerial displays went off without incident. And, from many comments received by our volunteers, the crowd really enjoyed the 31st annual show.
There's debate around who introduced the idea of a workers' holiday in the United States. Some say it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Patterson New Jersey. Others credit Peter J. McGuire, who was general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
At a recent weekly meeting of the Oak Park steering committee mulling the future of downtown's "superblock," a modest crowd gathered and gave testimony for over two hours on issues ranging from whether to re-open the Marion Street mall, to the historical merit of the Tudor-style buildings on Westgate.
You know how you get that feeling that while things are OK for now, something bad is about to happen? Like when the Cubs are leading by a run in the 9th inning, but the St. Louis lead-off man walks? Or when the cop car pulls up behind you? Or when a little puddle appears in the basement after it rains?
Don't get us wrong. Regional cooperation among local governments is a good thing and the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center is a prime example. This is the venture that links police, fire and medical dispatchers in Oak Park, River Forest, and most recently, in Elmwood Park. Municipalities working together should save money and time, allow use of up-to-date technology, and, provide good service to taxpayers.
Outdoor theater in Austin Gardens is over for another summer. Festival Theatre continues to hobble forward, hamstrung by a lack of funds and a stubborn refusal to get creative with their ticket pricing. But this year, they did one thing right: They offered options.
In the Aug. 10 Wednesday Journal ("Loss of Bank One parking lot nips nearby sales"), it was reported that I had spoken with village trustees regarding the lack of parking in the downtown retail area. In fact, I have not spoken with any village trustees, nor have attempted such, nor did I comment that I had.
Your sensationalist front-page treatment of a story on perceived personnel issues within the West Suburban Consolidated Dispatch Center was lacking in context and perspective, and may have created unnecessary fear among residents who someday may need to call 9-1-1 for help ("Overtime up, morale down at police/fire dispatch center," Aug. 17).