Oak Park and River Forest High School had a student discipline problem during the last couple of years due to many parents being unable to teach discipline to their children. It's a responsibility that parents should take before they send their children out in this world. Nowadays many parents do not take and spend the time with their children as they did years ago when my wife and I raised our three boys.
Dear Mr. Trainor, My son, Dr. George B. Lampere, found your article in Wednesday Journal on the Internet. He sent it to me. I was deeply impressed with your article about the barber John Grabowski. I know you spent a lot of time checking all of the facts, but I have to disagree with you on some historical facts.
Jordan West, a cool 12-year-old Brooks Middle School seventh-grader (coincidentally, my son) is in his seventh year of Spanish immersion in District 97. "My Spanish teacher, showed us a poster of Segovia, Spain, and I said, 'I visited that place this summer,'" Jordan told me last week. "She was surprised. I might take Spanish in eighth grade, but if she keeps piling on the homework, I'll switch to home economics.
The letter from Kim Theriault [Smoking outdoors is worse than confining it indoors, Viewpoints, Nov. 16] about outdoor smoking is an example of the failure of rationality that too often results in a failure of decency to fellow members of our society.
On Dec. 1, I attended the tax outreach meeting at village hall to provide help in appealing our taxes. As the divorced mother of two young children, faced with their total care, I am faced with what is now a $12,000 property tax bill. As Mr. Ali ElSaffar said in your paper, our taxes have increased by 7 percent for the last five years, with no sign of abating.
As a former trustee of the Oak Park library board, I read Byron Lanning's recent letter with great interest [OP pol votes against higher taxes. Miracle? Viewpoints, Nov. 23]. It seems Mr. Lanning has joined the mantra of "all taxes are bad/oppressive/whatever."
I wish to thank Jason of Oak Park Animal Control for his skillful help in getting my dog Skipper back Friday, Dec. 2. Since the prohibition by the Park District of Oak Park of the use of Lindberg Park as a dog run, my dogs have been little engines of unexpended energy.
The Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park just held an event called Salut Hemingway: A Toast to a Movable Feast where the attendees ate French-style Hemingway repasts. I don't know what a Hemingway repast is. I suppose they ate stuff you can shoot with a gun while on a safari?#34;like lions, rhinos, zebras, monkeys, ants, and voles smothered in bechamel sauce.