2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements New ideas, new faces, new energy and new blood are in order for the Oak Park Public Library board, where none of the incumbents are running for the four available seats. The library is in good shape with an acclaimed new main building, a renovated Dole Branch, and plans in place for extensive Maze Branch renovations.
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements The OPRF board is facing any number of challenges in the next four years, including discipline, the ongoing minority student achievement gap, and, likely, the hiring of a new superintendent. We are pleased with all of these candidates, but our choices are:
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements This is an exciting time in District 97, and this is also perhaps the most exceptional field of candidates we saw for any board in Oak Park. We would have no qualms about the election of any one of these candidates. But, our top choices are:
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements We enthusiastically endorse Sandra Sokol for her fourth term as village clerk. Sokol has an amazing ability to get along with a wide spectrum of people. She is even-handed, fair, caring and never shows any sign of favoritism?#34;among board members or citizens. She is an independent thinker who is not judgmental.
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements Of all the candidates we saw, we were most impressed with Greg Marsey. Marsey has been actively involved in economic development, most notably in opposing Whiteco, and we at first worried that he would be a one-issue candidate.
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements We enthusiastically endorse Mark Coe, Margaret Horstman and Leonard Soffer for the River Forest Library Board. These are all sharp candidates, with the background and experience to keep the library moving in a positive direction.
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements Patrick O'Brien often seems to agree with Frank Paris, but we also believe him when he notes he's "beholden to no one on that board." His institutional memory will be valuable in the next four years. And we appreciate his commitment to economic development on Madison Street and North Avenue.
2005 Wednesday Journal Endorsements While we would like to see a strong leader with a fresh perspective step forward and run for village president, it's hard to argue with Frank Paris' record and his clear vision. And that's why we're endorsing him for yet another four year term.
It's Holy Week for Christians and a good time to dispense a little wisdom, which you can find if you're looking. I inject a little wisdom into each day with one of those "thought-a-day" calendars. Last year it was the Dalai Lama. This year, it's Zen, which one wise man defined as "The religion before religion" whatever that means ... which is the point ... in Zen.