For the last 28 years my wife, Marylouise and I have lived in Oak Park with our two children, Sarah and Nic. We decided to raise a family here because of the community's rich history of diversity, excellent schools and enlightened form of governance.
As communications coordinator for the New Leadership Party (NLP), I am responding to Ethel Cotovsky's letter attacking the character of Trustee Bob Milstein, the NLP candidate for village president ("Milstein's not the same Bob she remembers").
I had the pleasure of attending the Buzz Café's meet the candidate's night. The speakers were the candidates from the NLP party. Unfortunately two of the candidates had to leave early, so the majority of the evening was spent listening to Bob Milstein.
Over the next 10 years, Oak Park will be faced with exciting challenges. Responding to these challenges will require a balance of creativity and pragmatism. Whether the issue is balancing the imperative for economic growth with the importance of historic architecture, or balancing the necessity for openness in a citizen driven government with the need to make timely and difficult decisions in the interest of all citizens, your village board has to think and act deliberately, but with respect.
My family uses and enjoys many classes and programs at park district facilities during the year. However, before we go to the polls in April, there are a few important points every taxpayer should know before casting a vote.
I am not fit to hold public office in Oak Park. I am too opinionated. I do not have the patience one needs to listen quietly to the ramblings of nutty citizens. I once ran for local public office and lost. It's a good thing because I do not have a thick skin, and neither does Bob Milstein.