I was extremely pleased to hear that Greg Marsey is running for village trustee as a member of the New Leadership Party. We have been neighbors and friends for several years and I have served with him on our Condo Association Board.
As Oak Park residents, we are expressing our strong support for passing an ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places, such as restaurants, bars and other workplaces. As a community that has demonstrated leadership on public health issues, now is the time to declare Oak Park 100 percent smoke-free.
After reading so many letters and articles regarding the smoking ban in Oak Park, I cannot hide my thoughts any more. I must write a few words. We live in a society where as adults we are supposed to make healthy and safe choices. If we decide to make unhealthy choices then there are consequences.
Lately, I have been hearing talk regarding the rights of smokers in our community, but not enough has been said on behalf of non-smokers in Oak Park. Why do the rights of smokers, a minority 13 percent of Oak Parkers, trump the rights of the majority (87 percent) of non-smoking Oak Parkers to breathe clean, fresh, indoor air? Why are our rights not being taken into account here, when we comprise such a high percentage of the population?
I take offense to the nonsensical logic applied to the protest at Bell's Gun Shop, and the lack of unbiased newspaper coverage exhibited by wednesday journal (Villagers take anti-gun battle to the source," Feb. 16).
I am an Oak Park resident and a Northwestern University student. As part of my curriculum, I am working at St. Leonard's Ministries, a 50-year-old halfway house located on Chicago's Westside. Specifically, I am doing research and analysis on child sex offender residency restrictions, that is the laws prohibiting this population from loitering or residing within 500 feet of a school, playground or daycare center.