Thanks to Ms. Mary Shiffer for her One View ("Before voting on park referendum, consider how OP could think outside the box," March 9). I contacted Park District Director Mr. Gary Balling in January because I wanted to find out what my estimated increase to my taxes would be if the 25 cent referendum passed.
I support the candidacy of Dee Millard for school board in District 200. In a time of uneasiness between faculty, administration, parents and the board, Dee is a voice of reason and balance. She can be relied upon to balance the important economic concerns of the taxpayers with the interests of a rich program at the high school that will serve all of our students.
The District 200 Board of Education needs proven leaders who believe in solid education and fiscal responsibility. The board currently has such a leader, Paul Wolfman, and I enthusiastically endorse him for reelection. We need to retain Paul, his commitment to our community, and his Board of Education experience.
John Rigas, Paul Wolfman, Valerie Fisher and Jacques Conway are the best candidates to serve Oak Park and River Forest on the District 200 School Board. Their experience, individually and collectively, is too valuable for our communities to lose.
Oak Park voters need to elect David Pope because he will make an excellent village president, and because his independent campaign victory will send a very important and strong message that Oak Park wants good governance from all of our elected boards and not us-them partisanship.
Geoff Baker brings strength to the New Leadership Party slate. I have known him as a thoughtful parent, a hard-working community member and a creative problem solver. Geoff thoughtfully engages in generating solutions to difficult issues. His experiences as an intellectual property trial attorney help him to suggest options that embrace multiple perspectives.
The Village of Oak Park desperately needs consensus-building leadership at the village board. Candidate Mas Takiguchi has the skills and track record of coalition building and working with all parties to bring positive solutions.
With deep disappointment, I feel obligated to send this letter. Regrettably, the Village Manager Association (VMA), an organization that once drove some of Oak Park's best new ideas, has nothing (other than personal attacks and innuendo) left to add to the debate in this election.
Recently, there has been much discussion and disagreement about the request for a driveway connecting Dominican University's parking to Thatcher Road in River Forest. The preservation of this open space at the site should be a high priority.