If you're wondering whether genuine dialogue is possible on a deeply polarizing issue like abortion, I refer you to the One View to the left (actually, your left?#34;my right, as I look out at you from my little photo box). If you haven't already, please read Greg Black's fine, thought-provoking opinion first, then come back to this column.
Mr. Trainor, I really enjoyed your very provocative column [We all have blood on our own hands, April 20] and was moved to write by your call for a "genuine dialogue" on life issues. Such a dialogue is sorely needed if our society can ever hope to resolve the endlessly divisive "culture wars" which are too often fought with much heat and little light.
We're neither surprised nor dismayed to see Oak Park's smoking ban proponents already pressuring the new village board to rekindle debate on this important issue. As we've said before, this is largely a matter of public health, and an issue well deserving of the community's attention.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the domestic cat has been the nation's most popular pet since the mid-1980s. At least one furry feline can be found in almost 35 percent of households and of those approximately 50 percent own two or more cats.
In addition to planting new trees in observance of Arbor Day, the Forestry Commission would like to call attention to the health of nearly 19,000 trees growing on our parkways. The recent survey noted good to excellent health of most of these trees. It also brought to our attention a disturbing practice. Several hundred trees have wood chips or soil piled against the trunk?#34;known as "volcano mulching."
Wow, another letter from Susan Cross [Trainor's bridge building plea just inadequate rhetoric, April 13]. She thinks Ken Trainor has innumerable inadequacies. She seems to think herself a good judge of a person's adequacy. And, of course, she comes to the defense of Greg Saganich, a man who has never met a piece of misinformation he didn't like.
In a world where healthy, adoptable dogs and cats are put down by the thousands, in a world where there is still no room for a friendly, playful dog or cat because there are no homes for them, and try as you may, while private shelters do an outstanding job of getting many of these animals adopted and even while local animal control makes a reasonable effort to help, far too many friendly animals are still put down. But help is on the way.
I thought your last column [It's spring - time to come out of the tomb, KEN TRAINOR, April 13] was so on target. It has always been my wonderment?#34;the enormous crucifixes behind altars of any church?#34;where is the Risen Lord? I finally read someone else's same questioning?#34;where's the Life?
The recent tragedy of Oak Lawn Community High School baseball player Billy Kalant being struck in the head by a batted ball points out the dangers of metal bats. Kalant went into a coma and remained comatose as of last Thursday.