There's a rutabaga sitting on my kitchen counter, and I just don't have the heart to eat it. It's not one of those glossy, waxed spheres the size and weight of a 16-inch softball that could sit for a decade in my produce bin without rotting. It's a vulnerable, purple-and-brown, potato-sized root that's beginning to shrink and wrinkle because it isn't in a cool, dry cellar.
The good news from a state agency's discipline audit is that if you study the Oak Park and River Forest High School discipline system isolated from all other factors, the system is fair. That's reassuring, and the community should expect no less. But if the high school and the community stop there and don't look at the entire picture, African-American students will continue to find themselves caught up in that system in disproportionate numbers.
In my Aug. 31 column on downtown development, I wrote, "The Colt building should be saved if the open air atrium can be restored and if the old art deco facade is mostly intact beneath the Dryvit that currently affronts the Lake Street frontage."
I am very troubled by some of the ongoing activities related to the Downtown Oak Park (DTOP) master plan. The plan was submitted to the village board over three weeks ago and public hearings were held for two Thursdays in a row (Oct. 20, 27), which included testimony from almost every member of the Superblock Steering Committee.
The village board seems determined to keep the Colt building in downtown Oak Park. The majority considers it a valuable historical Art Deco building. However, you wouldn't recognize much Art Deco in it because of all the remod-jobs it has undergone. To find the Art Deco in it now, you'd need some C-4 explosive and a magnifying glass.