Lately, I've been on a religious jag. I'll step down from the pulpit soon, but I've been enjoying the process of figuring out what I believe?#34;the subject of my last two columns?#34;and stating those beliefs. Why should conservative Christians and Muslims monopolize the public pulpit?
Shame on you for your editorial attack on Rep. Calvin Giles for holding a hearing on the complaints of African-American and other families against the High School ("Right issues, wrong forum," Aug. 10).
Your customary placement (i.e. massing) of negative letters two weeks ago has once again drawn my attention, because I have seen, and experienced, this journalistic tactic so many times before. Even the players repeat. Balance is needed and is requested.
On Wednesday, Aug. 10, the NLP-dominated village board passed the 100-day mark, a traditional benchmark for an initial evaluation of newly elected officials. While there have been a lot of "new" approaches from this bunch, I certainly haven't seen much in the way of "leadership" so far.
As both residents of downtown Oak Park and owners of The Book Table, we were distressed to hear that the village board voted down the extension of the Holley Court garage. Though it may be true that there are certain times of day when you can find empty public parking spaces Downtown, the loss of the Bank One lots is a huge blow.
No one who calls Oak Park home should be tricked by the $4.8 million in federal funds that have been promised to begin the "Cap the Ike" project. The real goal of the state and federal authorities is to have the local residents chasing a park that will expose citizens to the noxious fumes of the Ike, while they widen the roadway that runs through Oak Park.
The Aug. 2 Wednesday Journal states that $4.8 million in federal money has been earmarked for a study of a cap on the Eisenhower as it goes through Oak Park. This has been reported in the press as being the result of effective lobbying and political work by Village Manager Carl Swenson and Illinois Senator Barak Obama, among others.
Kudos to Village Trustees Johnson, Marsey, Brady, and President Pope for their common sense vote concerning the Verizon cell tower. I would like to first say that I am definitely not one to encourage cell towers every 10 feet or to not question potential health concerns. However, as the village attorney indicated, the Federal Communication Act is clear on the latitude that municipalities have, which is little to none.