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.
I beg to differ with Diana Oleszczuk's review of "March of the Penguins." My sons, ages 4 and 5, have just gotten old enough to sit through a feature-length movie that interests them, and they won't sit still for one that doesn't.
Let's see, we left off on a testy note a week ago, the subject being, "we ought to talk more, but not just surface stuff." We were criticizing slovenly an un-imaginative mouthings like "wuzzup" and "wuzznew" and "howyadoin," and that oldie but baddie, "havenizday."
For years, locals have debated whether or not Evanston and Oak Park are really that different. Without a doubt there are some differences: proximity to the lake, population, size, housing patterns, and Northwestern University being just a few.
Referendums to grant local municipalities "home rule" authority are frequently voted down because, in the minds of many, home rule has become synonymous with higher taxes. And, admittedly, new and/or higher taxes would undoubtedly become reality if River Forest is successfully able to move ahead with a proposed bid to seek home rule status.
And now, a few short messages from Bartlett's: "Sometimes the perfect reply is to say nothing ... Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech ... I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude ... Be silent and safe?#34;silence never betrays you ... How gracious, how benign is solitude ... Silence is golden."
Oak Park's Maze Library is undoubtedly a building with historic character, making any proposed substantial changes to it worthy of focused attention from the preservation community. Also well worthy, however, is the library's effort to make the building accessible to persons with disabilities.