My snide brother calls it "The People's Republic of Oak Park," which is overstating the case, but I'm not sure it's a village anymore. With the loss of the open parking lot at Marion and Ontario, I think we lose village status. When the principal means of parking in the downtown area is high-rise parking I think you lose village status.
At the April 21 OPRF school board meeting, special ed parents, supporters, and other audience members were taken aback to hear Superintendent Susan Bridge accuse parents of "an increasingly distorted portrayal of the special ed program."
On behalf of the Oak Park Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), I am writing to address some of the recent issues raised by the public and media. This commission is comprised of 11 citizen volunteers appointed by the village president with the consent of the trustees. We are selected for our expertise and commitment to preserving Oak Park's rich and internationally significant architectural heritage.
I though I'd never see the day I'd entrust anyone with my last-minute tax return, tax payment or tax extension. I've lived to witness the arrival of that day, and I want to tell you how great I feel about it. It all happened just a few hours before the deadline for filing income tax returns fell?#34;around 7:30 or 8 o'clock on April 15, 2005 (the date my faith was restored in the ideas of trust and community).
If you're wondering whether genuine dialogue is possible on a deeply polarizing issue like abortion, I refer you to the One View to the left (actually, your left?#34;my right, as I look out at you from my little photo box). If you haven't already, please read Greg Black's fine, thought-provoking opinion first, then come back to this column.
Mr. Trainor, I really enjoyed your very provocative column [We all have blood on our own hands, April 20] and was moved to write by your call for a "genuine dialogue" on life issues. Such a dialogue is sorely needed if our society can ever hope to resolve the endlessly divisive "culture wars" which are too often fought with much heat and little light.
We're neither surprised nor dismayed to see Oak Park's smoking ban proponents already pressuring the new village board to rekindle debate on this important issue. As we've said before, this is largely a matter of public health, and an issue well deserving of the community's attention.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the domestic cat has been the nation's most popular pet since the mid-1980s. At least one furry feline can be found in almost 35 percent of households and of those approximately 50 percent own two or more cats.
In addition to planting new trees in observance of Arbor Day, the Forestry Commission would like to call attention to the health of nearly 19,000 trees growing on our parkways. The recent survey noted good to excellent health of most of these trees. It also brought to our attention a disturbing practice. Several hundred trees have wood chips or soil piled against the trunk?#34;known as "volcano mulching."
Wow, another letter from Susan Cross [Trainor's bridge building plea just inadequate rhetoric, April 13]. She thinks Ken Trainor has innumerable inadequacies. She seems to think herself a good judge of a person's adequacy. And, of course, she comes to the defense of Greg Saganich, a man who has never met a piece of misinformation he didn't like.