When David Pope and Bob Milstein decided to run for village president, they each had two remaining years to serve as trustees. They did not resign their seats. They ran with the understanding that if they won, they, as president, would have the right to appoint their successor with the consent of the sitting trustees.
Thirty-one years ago my husband and I decided to make our first home purchase. We chose Oak Park as a place to buy and set down permanent roots as it offered a community that was socially, racially and economically diverse.
In regard to the viewpoint written by Mr. Tom Holmes and published in the July 6 Journal ("Ambivalence on tolerance"), he states that "in a large sense, homosexuality is not so much the issue as much as it is the occasion to debate what for many is the more fundamental issue of the authority of the Bible." I beg to differ.
The Volunteer Center Board of Directors and staff thank the following individuals and businesses for their support of our 6th Annual Canine Carnival on June 25. This annual fundraiser helps to support our Youth Programs and a portion is donated to a dog-related organization.
Sports Editor Brad Spencer's vigorous defense of Oak Park's baseball/softball program is an insult to the players, as well as their parents who sit in the stands, venting their frustrations with each other over the "closed door" structure of the league ("A bat and ball balancing act," July 6).
VMA VS. BLUE COLLARS, VMA VS. SELF: Twenty years ago, when Oak Park's Village Manager Association lost its first election in its then thirty-some years, licensed sociologist and past and future school, township, and village government office holder Galen Gockel voiced a trenchant opinion in the matter.
It is clear that student academic achievement is not just the responsibility of school officials and teachers. Students, of course, bear a central role. So, too, do parents. Finding positive and effective ways to pull more parents into the school community has proven difficult in Oak Park and elsewhere. That is especially the case when it comes to minority parents.