I was excited by the addition of Mr. Robert Milstein to the race for village president. He is a candidate of the people, by the people, and for the people of Oak Park. I've watched my taxes go up, seen ugly condos in ever vacant space, and heard people overlooked in pleas to the board of trustees.
When I joined the Park District Citizens' Committee (PDCC), I shared the concerns that Judy and Bill Southwick raised at a recent PDCC meeting regarding the condition of the pool at the Oak Park Center, particularly the locker rooms.
Thank you, Bill Dwyer, for your "Youth violence on rise in villages" report on December 15. Thanks also to those 13 officials representing three school districts, two police forces, the township youth team, the NAACP and clergy.
Pssst. Don't look now, but your Oak Park neighbor may be a socialist. Pass it on. He or she won't look like one of those bomb-throwers in page-one Chicago Tribune cartoons of the 30s and 40s, with hair and beard shooting in all directions. No, he will look like your other neighbors. It's scary.
As I passed out the song sheets for our "Songs of the Two World Wars" sing-along, the residents took them eagerly. My husband John and I were at The Oak Park Arms to sing songs that were inextricably linked to two great efforts of our country to restore liberty to the world; many of those reaching for the song sheets had taken an active military role in the second of those efforts.
Thank you for writing about small business concerns in Oak Park ("Is OP unfriendly to small business?" December 29). I own the Village Laundromat at 14 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. I think that the official position of the Oak Park governmental bodies below the board level is that there are no small businesses in Oak Park between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard.
What a phenomenal response to an amazing need! The Holiday Food and Gift Basket's Adopt-a-Family program matched 780 families in need with more than 300 willing givers this December. We like to say that we had everyone from A to Z?#34;Alberto-Culver Corporation through the Zonta Club of Oak Park?#34;and many, many individuals, businesses, congregations, schools, governmental groups, and other organizations in between!