The election is over. With the help of Wednesday Journal editorial page, many citizens gained a new awareness of Oak Park Township. I invite them to join in the Township policy development and decision making process by applying for a position on one of the Township's advisory committees?#34;Youth Services or Senior Services. Call the Township (383-8005) for an application or go to www.oakparktownship.org. Application deadline is Thursday, April 14.
I was very moved by your column about grief and fitness ("Good grief helps mentally with physical fitness," Sports, March 9), and wanted to say thanks for a well-written and healthy response to the natural rhythm of life and loss.
Referring to Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri's March 16 letter ("It's time for a happy ending to Dominican driveway squabble"), we do not believe there is definitive legal support for Dominican ownership of a 30-foot strip along the Green Triangle immediately adjacent to Dominican's boundary fence.
Thank you for your Feb. 16 article regarding the Celebration of Hope fundraiser for our nephew and grandson, Rory Brennan Zuba. Ken Trainor did a beautiful job conveying that Rory's life was not defined by his brain cancer and describing our search for hope in Rory's treatment.
As members of the Oak Park Board of Health, we are disappointed that three members of the Board of Trustees, Diana Carpenter, Ray Johnson and Gus Kostopulos, scuttled every attempt to find a workable solution between our restaurant owners and the majority of the community who favor a smoke-free Oak Park.
The Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents, business owners and hard-working employees of Oak Park for their opened-minded discourse and expressed apprehension regarding the proposed Oak Park smoking ban, which was voted down on March 7.
I think that the police officer who sprinted out of the River Forest police station to save Therese Pender on March 16 should be commended for heroism. Yes, Ms. Pender died, but the officer's response was an act of high heroism nevertheless. When I heard of his actions, it literally brought tears to my eyes. The people of River Forest should be proud to have such a man in the service of their protection.
I was dismayed with the village trustees who voted against the smoke-free ordinance on March 7, all the while portraying themselves as white knights protecting Oak Park businesses. Despite evidence to the contrary, they stated as fact the notion that a ban would hurt businesses. Moreover, health concerns were hardly mentioned at all.