What do fools believe?

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The Doobie Brothers had a hit song in 1979 whose chorus started like this: "But what a fool believes he sees / No wise man has the power to reason away … 

That song has been running through my mind a lot lately.

When I think of the Imagine OPRF proposal, spending $117 million (80% of the total cost of Sequences 1-3) on rebuilding the Field House (with significant funds to benefit athletics, not P.E., as much for the spectators as the student athletes), I wonder who are the fools who can't be reasoned out of believing that this will have some kind of uplifting effect on educational outcomes for OPRF students. I hope it's not members of the District 200 Board of Education.

And when I read the document prepared by the financial consultant about funding the Imagine proposal that states, "It is estimated that the maximum the annual tax levy can increase through the issuance of non-referendum debt is $150 for a home with a market value of $400,000," I wonder who are the fools that might be persuaded to believe that there is such a thing as free money that should be used for this plan — one with many aspects that seem frivolous and do not serve the educational needs of the students. I hope it's not members of the D200 school board.

Don't believe those enticing words about fictitious low-cost funding mechanisms that will have a negligible effect on our property tax bills for a proposal that is far more extravagant than needed to resolve the facilities problems at OPRF. Save the funds for programs that serve the true educational needs of the students.

Maureen Kleinman

35-year resident since 1983 and parent of
3 OPRF graduates

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Bill Dwyer  

Posted: October 23rd, 2018 5:23 PM

I covered the Oak Park Park District's feasibility study on options for a new pool and complex at Ridgeland Common a number of years ago. They came up with three options, including a basic plan, a middle range plan, and what they called "the Cadillac Plan." The park board at that time, after much input from citizens, made the decision that, nice as it would be, they simply couldn't afford the Cadillac, and opted of a far less expensive renovation project.

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