The gist of Dan Haley's Jan. 19 column about the Hoppe building ("Damn the bunnies. Demolish 'So-Called Hoppe Building'") seemed to be that it would be quicker to tear it down than to wait for it to fall down. In a "village" whose main asset is its old buildings why would anyone complain that some of them have been built too well, as if they were overstaying their welcome?
Susan Cross believes that two Wednesday Journal writers should apologize for their "caustic and misguided" criticism of the caustic and misguided Greg Saganich ("Replacement of WJ's stupid, left-wing, editors is overdue," Jan. 5). If they refuse? Why, they should be forced; no doubt Cross herself would eagerly volunteer to apply the electrodes.
This is to endorse strongly the candidacy of Dr. Dee Millard for a seat on the District 200 School Board in the next election. Dee is our neighbor and friend. She has demonstrated her strong commitment to the high school as a parent and, in particular, as the founder and leader of three student tours to India.
One of the best things about living in Oak Park is how easy it is to get around by bike and on foot. Everything I need is within about a mile and a half from my house: two train lines, the library, grocery store, restaurants, shoppin. And what makes it better is that it's laid out on a grid so that I rarely have to be on a busy street to get somewhere.
I am running for the District 97 Board of Education because I believe that my professional project management experience and volunteer efforts within D97 can help the district meet the many challenges it currently faces and will face in the future.
As a thirty-something single woman living in downtown Oak Park, I want to add my full support to the effort to make Oak Park public places smoke-free. I will absolutely continue to shop and dine in the downtown Oak Park businesses if they become smoke-free, as will many other residents in my building.
I have been following some of the letters regarding a smoke free Oak Park in WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. I have to admit that I am amazed that the health issue seems to be secondary for those supporting the continued use of tobacco products in public places.
In the April 5 election there will be at least three candidates for village president. This is good news for Oak Park voters; it's good to have more choices. Four years ago Joanne Trapani ran unopposed, so she was, in effect, appointed by the VMA. Also, since the candidate filing period doesn't close until January 25, there could be even more candidates.