There are three issues regarding a ban on smoking in public places: public health, civil rights, and economic development. No specific conclusions on the first two are necessary in order to see what is best for Oak Park?#34;just consider the economic impact and the wisest choice becomes obvious.
Did WEDNESDAY JOURNAL editors purposely juxtapose Dan Haley's "Whine of the Week" ("'The sickness' descends, swallows family whole," Feb. 16) with the story of the Brennan Zuba family ("Hoping to turn bad news into good")? Hope that put things into perspective for you Dan.
In a few weeks the weather will be warmer and birds will again be migrating north. And since the library staff has still not figured out how to turn out the lights at night, I expect to see the usual assortment of dead songbirds under the library windows early each morning.
I am writing in response to an article in WEDNESDAY JOURNAL regarding Oak Park's Animal Shelter Task Force and the current village ordinance that requires holding stray animals for 30 days before they are either placed or euthanized ("Should OP delay euthanasia for unadoptable animals?" Feb. 16).
My wife and I made a very conscious decision to return to Oak Park, to a home that is only a dozen blocks from my own childhood home on North Cuyler. We were drawn by the village's continuing commitment to values that we share, and we remain deeply invested in the future of this community. Oak Park is a very special place. It is far more than just another bedroom community, a quick El ride from the Loop. Oak Park is really a mindset, and a way of life.
In these bleak days of No Child Left Behind, when standardized tests are thought to measure the quality of children's education, it may sound like folly to take your kids out of school for three weeks. But having done just that, I'm convinced that traveling with kids is one of the best educational opportunities parents have to offer.
We're pleased to see River Forest's 125th anniversary committee taking steps to restore the Cummings Park "bandshell," the border-line eyesore sitting at the key gateway intersection of Harlem and Lake.
Yikes! How did I get here, surrounded by anti-Whiteco diatribes, anti-smoking screeds, anti-anti-smoking rebuttals, and anti-Milstein manifestos? Impending economic disaster! Surreptitious subsidies! Machivellian Milsteinian malevolence! Second-hand innuendo!
Wow! That's the only response one could have had at the end of two concerts that recently graced our local schools. The first was on Friday the 4th at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where three different student jazz bands?#34;nearly a hundred musicians altogether?#34;held the audience rapt for nearly two hours under the inspired direction of Scotty Jones.