A new steering committee is being formed?#34;this time to develop a master plan for Madison Street?#34;and already we're apprehensive. The corpse of the Downtown Oak Park "steering committee" is still warm and we worry the next steps downtown will be stone cold.
To show how long the religious right has been trying to sneak religion into the science classroom, here's a column I wrote 20 years ago. Just substitute "Intelligent Design" for "Creationism" and it still applies:
On Oct. 29, the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church?#34;in effect the "Supreme Court" of our denomination?#34;upheld two rulings that discriminate against homosexuals: the defrocking of Rev. Beth Stroud, of Pennsylvania because she is in a covenant relationship with a woman, and the decision by a pastor in Virginia to deny membership to a man who sought to join his church because the man is gay.
I sympathize with dog owners who have lost their illegal use of Ridgeland Common and Lindberg Park where for many years dogs roamed free. At one time signs were posted at the parks indicating that dogs must be leashed. This ordinance was never enforced. For some reason these signs disappeared when the improvements were made at Lindberg Park a few years ago.
Jim Kelly, in his response titled, "OP not alone in not funding Boy Scouts" [Viewpoints, Nov. 30], offers staggering statistics. But what I find most interesting is that I do not see Illinois listed among the states that do not discriminate towards gays.
I noted with interest that you cited the Crandall Arambula plan in your comments at the special trustees meeting on Nov. 17, specifically endorsing the establishment of "historic preservation" as one of its primary goals.