In the early morning hours of June 21, while our family was away on vacation, our home caught fire. An alert neighbor promptly notified the Oak Park Fire Department, which responded with extraordinary speed.
West Suburban PADS recently ended its 13th season of providing safe, warm shelter and three nutritious meals daily to nearly 500 men, women and children who were homeless and came to our door seeking help. The response came from 800 volunteers and local faith communities who made the shelter operation possible. A big thank you is owed to all who contributed to this amazing, community-based effort.
I read this at the July 5 Village Board of Trustees meeting in response to a Wednesday Journal article about Manager Swenson ("Oak Park's Swenson leading other towns into 'performance measurement,'" June 29).
As a seasoned financial professional, I find myself in total agreement with the calculations of local real estate mogul Paul Hammer. The people of Oak Park will be better off paying the Pipers today than tomorrow.
Regarding the plight of Butch Diederich, I think the board should just do an independent study. The former board neglected this issue and the only way to tell the truth is through an independent investigation.
In a letter to the editor on the June 29, Jim Boushay and Rickey Sain wrote that dialogue should be conducted in a spirit of trust and reverence for all persons: an excellent definition which we should all accept ("Trainor's dialogue follows a distinguished tradition").
ELCA Lutherans, along with every other mainline denomination, don't know what to do with homosexuals. Pastor Mark Reshan and two delegates from United Lutheran Church, and Pastor Susan Rippert and two delegates from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, saw evidence of this ambivalence at their synod assembly in Rosemont on June 10-11.