Although we often admire the ability of editor Ken Trainor to point out emperors with no clothes, he outdid himself in his April 19 column, "We all have blood on our own hands." The fundamentalism from all quarters in this country?#34;our country?#34;must stop. No one has a monopoly on the truth, especially for such socially complex issues such as abortion.
Ken Trainor claims that reason rather than emotion should be the dominant factor in determining one's position on an issue. But his April 20 column ("We all have blood on our own hands") is far more emotional than reasonable in discussing the abortion debate. Gregory Black brings politics and religion into the debate and Ken Trainor lauds his 1,100-word viewpoint as genuine dialogue (May 4 column).
By Stan West and Mrs. Peggy Callahan's Second Grade Class The issues of "name" and "place" help young students and their parents better understand traditions, histories and cultures that make up their backgrounds and their communities. It helps them appreciate difference and similarities in people.
Everytime a travelogue finds its way into WEDNESDAY JOURNAL, this e-mail from our editor usually shortly follows: "Is this the last one of these we're going to run? We're a local newspaper, you know. More Oak Park and River Forest. Less Singapore."
At the risk of harping, and for the benefit of the newly elected Oak Park village board, Downtown Oak Park is losing parking much faster than it is gaining spaces. The result, in quite short order, is going to be parking gridlock.
It's futile, I think, to argue the abortion issue on the basis of good vs. evil. Opponents hold abortion up as the greatest evil, the core evil, the evil that trumps all others, based partly on sheer numbers.
I just went over and did a bit of Mother's Day shopping on Harrison Street. Surprisingly, it was pretty active. Merchants were upbeat. The goods and services were lovely indeed. For those of you that have not visited this area, you are missing stylish women's apparel, jewelry, art work and of course, The Buzz.
I just read Jim Crowe's column, "The new pope won't close the U.S. Catholic cafeteria" [VIEWPOINTS, April 27]. Hurrah! He is dead on the money. He has stated my opinion verbatim. I wholeheartedly agree with him.