I have been feeling a little down for the past while due to a few things going on in my life. My mother was diagnosed with extended stage lung cancer, my sister tested positive for the "cancer gene," Our "new," very old house is sucking the life (and cash) out of us, Henry is waking up four times a night, etc., etc. ...
There are many important issues that will confront Oak Park in the coming months and years, but perhaps none is more important than the issue of off-leash dogs. We need some perspective on this divisive issue, and I am willing to provide it.
My name is Willis Johnson, and I am the owner of the Lake Theatre. I have been involved in the revitalization of Downtown Oak Park since 1981, when my company, Tivoli Enterprises, purchased the building and began its renovation. I am proud of the role that the theater has played on Lake Street through the years. I want to be here for many years to come, and to see an even more vibrant downtown.
The first thing to give thanks for in a thanksgiving column is having enough things to be thankful for to fill a column. Or maybe it's having a column to give thanks in. Or maybe having a job you find meaningful and challenging and creative (and which includes said column).
It is unfortunate that a proper public debate concerning the future of the most vital part of Oak Park?#34;its downtown business district?#34;cannot be conducted with the kind of professional decorum one learns in Political Science 101.