There are times when living in Oak Park is a bit of a head-scratcher. There is no shortage of academically accomplished people here, but they sometimes do some of the dumbest things. You’ve seen them. Forgetting all they learned in kindergarten, they sit in public meetings and have what should be embarrassing outbursts that they try to defend … or not. Predictably, other accomplished people rush to their communication method of choice to endlessly analyze and debate the outbursts. Volumes of words are used as symbolic pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers. Sometimes these outbursts even lead to public protests at the town square! 

And don’t get me started on the ones who won’t pick up after their pet or those who keep voting for more property taxation. You can’t make this stuff up. Oak Parkers are a curious lot.

Ken Woods

Oak Park, 30 years and counting

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