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.
Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, provided in our Constitution that a male citizen could not be president unless he was at least 35 years of age. It took a while before women or men of color could qualify, but I say better really late than never.
I have come to believe that you can divide our species into two categories — the flawed and the deeply flawed. Today I focus on the flawed. We all know that each of us makes many mistakes on the highway of life.
This April, Oak Parkers will go to the polls to elect representatives who will run our village's elementary and high schools, police departments, fire departments, parks and libraries. They have great responsibility. Their decisions impact our finances, parking, safety, and the education of our children — pretty much our daily lives.
On a Saturday morning earlier this month I was walking to the YMCA. On Saturdays The Y opens at 6 a.m. so I was timing my walk to get there when it opened. So around 5:55 a.m. I was heading north on Wisconsin just north of Madison. I was walking on the sidewalk on the west side of the street.
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