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!
Yes, I am one of those apartment dwellers who pays to park in a village-owned lot, but the frustrations, which led to this letter, are only partly due to that fact. I have three incidents that I would like to share.
I am writing in support of a smoke free Oak Park. Second-hand smoke is the third most common cause of death in the United States. It is classified as a carcinogen and is the number one precipitator of asthma attacks. It is known to cause heart disease as well.
Secondhand smoke can be deadly. But too many communities, including Oak Park, still allow smoking in public places. That's because some community leaders worry that curbs on public smoking might hinder local businesses.