Give the new Oak Park village board the customary "D" for communications. They earned that for raising the blood pressure of every progressive development voice in town by letting stand a fast-growing rumor the board was serious about imposing a moratorium on all new projects in town. Give the progressive development types a demerit for buying into the rumor without checking.
Not all alternative lifestyles are suspect. Take the monks of New Melleray Abbey in Iowa. Theirs is about as alternative a lifestyle as you can get?#34;a strict regimen devoted to prayer, work, and community living.
As property tax bills arrive, it should come as no surprise that homeowners and businesses in Oak Park are once again pitted against school children in a never-ending battle over tax revenue that provides the bulk of local school funding.
After I'd written a letter to the editor on Sept. 21, Dan Haley interpreted my objections to the DTOP (Downtown Oak Park) Superblock hearings. He said, "Vernon is frustrated that the new process, invented by the people she helped put in office."
In an exquisite example of "burying the lede," Bob Skolnik's article on District 97 ISAT scores (Oct. 5, 2005) notes in passing in the last paragraph that the school board "officially hired a full-time teacher...for the academically talented at Julian." The irony of this passage could not be lost on anyone who read the entire article.
We are in the midst of an energy crisis. Scientists say to solve this energy crisis we will need alternative forms of transportation like supersonic Segways, or fuel-celled rocket roller blades. These forms of transportation are still, unfortunately, years away in development.