In his recent contribution to Viewpoints David Hanson attempts to justify the non-involvement of a group of people he called “The Silent Majority” in a three-year controversy regarding Roosevelt School’s north parking lot [The system didn’t get it right. Now what? Viewpoints, March 25]. He avers that this group “mistakenly assumed that the system would get it right.” (“Right,” I assume, is a decision with which he agrees). He then goes on to say that he wishes to get the project “back on track,” which is just another way of saying he wants a redo.

I personally believe that the “silent majority” is a convenient fiction, a socially acceptable term for what is, in reality, nothing more than “die-hards,” i.e. people who refuse to accept any decisions but their own (die-hards instinctively know that they are absolutely right and their opponents absolutely wrong).

Die-hards can be found on all sides of most weighty questions, be they political, philosophical, religious, economic, or historic in nature. Now it seems even in questions dealing with the use of an elementary school parking lot.

It has been estimated that District 90 has thus far spent between $200,000 and $300,000 on engineers and architects, and on various experts in areas ranging from drainage to landscaping. The board’s legal expenses alone must be considerable. These pricey experts have attended many public meetings, given numerous presentations, drawn endless schematics, and were questioned time and time again. Should Mr. Hanson’s view prevail, these expenditures of taxpayers’ money will only be a down payment on an endless controversy. 

Al Popowits

River Forest 

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