Chicago area residents who attended Final Season Concert of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest Orchestra on Sunday May 1, 2005, had a memorable experience. It took place at the First United Church in Oak Park where early in the last century Ernest Hemingway's family attended services. Hemingway's mother sang in the church and Ernest is reported to have played the cello.
On May 1 we again had a wonderful turnout at the CROP WALK, the 22nd annual Hunger Walkathon West. In spite of a cool, cloudy day with occasional sprinkles, the surprisingly large number of caring people who participated made it an especially warm event.
I guess I should have expected it to be like any other sporting event. Students were preparing for competition by talking, laughing, fidgeting, trying to get rid of nervous energy. Only after all the equipment had been passed out and the referee blowing the whistle and/or shouting "BEGIN!" would the noise suddenly subside as students engaged in the competition. But this wasn't any ordinary sporting event, for the equipment was a pencil, some scratch paper and a test.
I was surprised and saddened to read the letter to the editor from Rich Carollo, director of the Oak Park Area Convention and Visitors Bureau ("Smoke Free campaign should also be bully free," April 20).
We understand that some West Cook Oak Park YMCA members have raised questions about the possibility that the Y may relocate to a different site within our immediate service area. We also know that is a concern of many residents of our other service areas, especially those of Oak Park and River Forest.
Although we often admire the ability of editor Ken Trainor to point out emperors with no clothes, he outdid himself in his April 19 column, "We all have blood on our own hands." The fundamentalism from all quarters in this country?#34;our country?#34;must stop. No one has a monopoly on the truth, especially for such socially complex issues such as abortion.
Ken Trainor claims that reason rather than emotion should be the dominant factor in determining one's position on an issue. But his April 20 column ("We all have blood on our own hands") is far more emotional than reasonable in discussing the abortion debate. Gregory Black brings politics and religion into the debate and Ken Trainor lauds his 1,100-word viewpoint as genuine dialogue (May 4 column).
By Stan West and Mrs. Peggy Callahan's Second Grade Class The issues of "name" and "place" help young students and their parents better understand traditions, histories and cultures that make up their backgrounds and their communities. It helps them appreciate difference and similarities in people.