If the events of 9/11/2001 brought this country together, it is clear that the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has brought about further division. While all government parties must take some share of the blame, it is clear that the federal government was far too lax in its response effort.
Americans need to have an independent investigation of what went wrong with the planning and events before, during and after Katrina. President Bush can't carry out this investigation, nor can the Republicans by themselves or as the majority. The commission needs to be independent.
Our thanks to Bill Dwyer and Wednesday Journal for covering the issue of pawnshops on North Avenue in Northeast Oak Park, and for doing so in a fair and balanced way [North Ave. neighbors decry pawnshops, Aug. 31]. We especially appreciated learning that unregulated secondhand stores may be selling items stolen in Oak Park. We're ready to support efforts to close what Oak Park Detective Byrne calls "a huge loophole."
The local real estate agent's full page ad [Aug. 31, p. 11] asking for people to join him in a possible lawsuit against our Historic Preservation Commission was quite interesting for what the ad doesn't say. Of the issues brought up in the ad, does this particular agent have a financial interest in the outcome of the issue of the Historic Preservation Commission acting to prevent the tear-down of two Victorian homes in the historic district?
Recently, both my husband and I got tickets for not displaying our current license plate stickers. This also happened to be the first week of August when on-street parking stickers need to be updated. For the record, both our cars had updated license plate stickers.