In the 14 years I have lived on the 500 block of South Clarence Avenue, it has been my privilege to have known several former owners of the property at 525 Clarence that is the subject of your "Smelly Onion" article ("'Smelly Onion' tales," Homefront, March 23).
I was saddened to read recently that the village trustees are considering opening the Marion Street Mall to traffic. The fact is that any new roads will quickly become as congested as the old. But if we open the mall, we will never, ever be able to get back a unique public space.
There seems to be an unwritten pledge in Oak Park that brings many of us to this community for a single purpose. We choose to raise our children here because we want to be a part of an exciting and wonderful village that works, plays, lives and loves together as one human race.
CALL ME...It's sooooo 2004 to complain about cell phone conversations in public. But we can talk about it, can't we? Yes: Caribou customer's phone rings loudly, he answers, other customers hear that he is in Oak Park?#34;they knew that?#34;and is buying a hot chocolate?#34;the counter man knew it, but not the guy at the window table, slightly out of earshot.
Editor's note: Due to limited space, we just couldn't fit in all the election letters we've received over the last several months. The following list includes the names of letter writers and the candidates they support.
In the upcoming election for Village Board President and Trustees, I strongly urge my fellow Oak Parkers to cast their votes for the group that has a positive vision for the future of our village: the Oak Park First slate of Diana Carpenter, Mas Takiguchi, Dorothy Reid, and Ray Barbosa.
My husband and I have lived in Oak Park all of our lives, as did our parents and grandparents. In the 1930s when the population was over 60,000, my grandfather, Charles E. Gawne, served as a trustee, receiving more than 20,000 votes.