The carnival has moved to town and I have gorged myself on its obscene spectacle these past two years until I'm sick at heart. Our present administration and the majority of trustees have opened a permanent Whiteco Big Top, an entertainment where the public is invited to watch, but not participate, while pickpockets glide through the audience silently lifting their tax dollars.
The masthead of an old Oak Park weekly newspaper once read "The public press, no less than public office, is a public trust." The Public Trust... people understood the concept back then and this was in the days when attending college was more of a rarity than it is today, at a time when practically nobody went to graduate school.
We, the undersigned restaurants, businesses owners and taxpayers of Oak Park are opposed to the proposed changes to Oak Park's smoking regulations that would further restrict the use of tobacco products in Oak Park restaurants. As you know, Oak Park currently restricts the use of tobacco in restaurants to allow for those restaurants with more than 40 seats to designate and enforce a specific non-smoking area.
When I saw the purported tsunami photo accompanying the "Village trustee, the explorer and the tsunami" article in the Feb. 2 WEDNESDAY JOURNAL, it immediately struck me as a fake. And indeed it is. According to the Snopes Urban Legends website, the photo you published is a doctored picture of the skyline of Antofagasta, Chile.
On Jan. 28, the District 97 Board voted to approve the appointment of Dr. Connie Collins as superintendent. WEDNESDAY JOURNAL correctly reported that I abstained from the vote, and in an editorial criticized that abstention. Following is the statement I made at the board meeting to explain my position:
Forest Park resident Lori Buchowicz has never met a dog she doesn't like. It was while she was helping with the dogs at the late Forest Park Ark animal control/shelter facility that another volunteer there passed along to her a copy of Best Friends magazine, which is published by the Best Friends animal sanctuary in Utah.
Why on earth would anyone want to run for public office in Oak Park? It is a thankless job. The meetings are interminable. Citizens take potshots, and the press?#34;which wants to sell newspapers?#34;is rarely happy.
I read with some amusement the many ideas offered up for the northeast corner of Oak Park Avenue and Madison Street in last week's VIEWPOINTS ("Brothel, roller coaster, prison or just Starbucks"). I noticed that retail/condos were somewhat reviled. It's somewhat understandable.