John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday Journal columnist and now a blogger. John has some pretty strong opinions about Oak Park and a wry way of putting them across. You won't want to leave his blog without leaving a comment of your own.
These are fervid times in Oak Park politics. Between the proposed elimination of freshman honors classes at the high school, and the dust-up over free speech and identity politics at the village board, I can imagine that newcomers to the wacky world of our village find it confusing, even disturbing.
Trustee Buchanan's outburst at a recent Oak Park Village Board meeting, to the effect that two white male trustees had to shut up about their hesitancy over the use of the term "systems of oppression" was most remarkable.
Those of us of a certain age will recall the short fable written by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who trick the emperor to buy a new suit that they claim is invisible only to the stupid or unfit.