Every so often, we receive letters, emails, comments, Facebook posts, phone calls and maybe even a few smoke signals that we ignore. Many communications are positive, some are helpful, a few are mean and politically motivated and some are quite scary and perhaps written by someone that should be in a secure facility.
The comments are listed below, but before you begin reading, know that you can always send your own comments to the Oak Lawn Leaf at email@example.com. We write constantly on Facebook and on our webpage and yes, once in a while, we will make a typo on a story. If you are the Village Know It All, please let us know how the typo prevents you from believing the story.
If you are the village idiot, and you know who you are, feel free to contact us also with your opinion regarding the story. Perhaps, you don’t believe in transparency. Perhaps, you think we are racists (one writer below thinks so), or perhaps you think we actually cause problems by reporting on issues. Idiots, have at it.
You can also write to give us a tip about something going on in the village. We love to hear about stories that affect the people of Oak Lawn. We’ll do our best to publish it. If your school isn’t sending us anything, tell them to do so. Sometimes, it appears that one district may be favored over another but the truth is not all the districts send us releases and we aren’t about to beg.
So, here are some of the communications we’ve received recently:
ON DEVELOPMENTS BEING “RIGGED”
Again, transparency??? Flooding, increased traffic, parking issues, delivery trucks, garbage pickup, and ambulances were all minimized and rationalized by others that are not living there. Yes, there is a need for that facility but not in a residential area. It’s time to vote people out of this office. It’s clear, that the mayor and trustees listen to tax paying residents; might listen with out votes!
IN REFERENCE TO THE THE ANTHEM MEMORY CARE REZONING AND ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER YOU WOULD WANT A COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT NEXT TO YOU
Robert M, wrote:
Thomas P, was similarly brief yet direct, writing:
Tina K, pleaded with government officials, writing:
Please do not do this in our neighborhood. Put it on Central. The school can give up their prime property if they really want to sell that bad.
Andy, didn’t want to blame the Planning and Development Board or the Village Trustees that voted for the rezoning of residential property to allow Anthem, writing:
The real culprit in this whole farce is neither the P and D or the board of trustees. It is the school who caused this whole debacle! Christian school my behind! Oh well, at least The Leaf will have dozens of more stories to convey.
Mr. Know It All, took aim at virtually everyone in the village, including the residents, on the Anthem issue, writing:
Here’s the 411. People will pack the board room tonight. Many will speak in opposition to this development. Trustee Streit will read a statement against the development. Few, if any, will speak to support this site. No new information will come to light at tonight’s meeting. Several other trustees will address their reasoning for supporting this site. The vote will be 5-1 in favor. (The Leaf predicted no more 4-2 votes over one year ago and they were right) People at the meeting will leave disgruntled. Even though Mayor Bury did not vote or has ever indicated if she supported or opposed this development she will be blamed for the outcome. Residents will complain until the site is built. Others will state that their homes are going up for sale. None will follow through. One year after the site is operating everyone will have completely forgotten about a time when a bus depot occupied this area. The area will not see more flooding, the slight increase in traffic will barely be noticed and home values will remain the same. The village will be 250,000 dollars per year richer because of this deal.
ON EVERBRIDGE ALERTS
Nicki Gee, ranted with her own insane post without any facts to back up the insanity:
“Rumor was that the police wanted to send out as everbridge alert but could not because of the Carol rule put into effect last year. No alerts, no matter what the reason, can be sent out between midnight and 8 A.M. because it would disturb everyone’s sleep. Still, it would have been nice to know about the police chase.”
Karen W., asked about recent strong armed robberies that she read about (elsewhere):
“Thank you for publishing the stories about the recent strong armed robberies but I never received any notification through Everbridge. Please find out why not!”
ON OAK LAWN’S ELECTED OFFICIALS
Elaine C. wonders about the Leaf, Sandra Bury and Facebook in one post, writing:
When we read Sandra Bury’s facebook page she seems sweet, sincere and wakes up with a zest to face every new day. Just a pleasant person to be around. When we read comments she makes on video and are featured in stories on The Leaf they seem to come from a person who constantly wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and is always unpleasant. My family supported this woman because we were tricked into believing she was different.
Sandy H. was just as blunt and covered several subjects, writing:
Mayor Bury was for Anthem Memory Care and against the residents from the beginning. Bob Streit was clearly against the development and the attempts to attack him while the Mayor and her people supported the rigged deal for Anthem made me sick. I hope Streit finally runs for Mayor and beats the Mayor and her cronies like Larry Deetjen.
Ken J. isn’t sure who to believe when one Trustee talks, writing:
In the end, Alex O. voted the right way but he seemed more concerned with fighting with Streit and making the whole issue about himself. His suggestion that more community meetings would have changed the outcome is naive and perhaps just political b.s. There were four meetings and the bobblehead Trustees went along with Uncle Lar again. Alex would be a better Mayor than Bury but he has to stop with the personal attacks. Does he need a hug?
ON THE OAK LAWN LEAF and OTHER OUTLETS
Tom K. wrote:
Enjoy your publication!
Cathy W. stated:
The Oak Lawn Leaf is where I look to find what’s really going on in Oak Lawn. I used to not know who to believe even though I admit you always seem to provide documentation or videos to support your story. However, the recent story regarding Anthem and the rigged deal made me realize that the Oak Lawn Leaf is where I should look for the truth. When you “live” the issue, you find out that the administration is lying and the Oak Lawn Leaf is what you can count on for facts.
Dan L., disagreed stating this about the Oak Lawn Leaf:
He started by calling the Oak Lawn Leaf, (a media outlet by the way) “hypocrites and liars”. Then he ended by stating: Now, let me put a leaf style “spin” on this item. What is their motivation for being so intrested in a town that they literally have no skin in? They want to stop corruption. But why in a town were they employ no one, don’t have offices, and paint a picture of our town in a terrible light, possibly lowering EVERYONES property values and their ability to sell their homes if said homeowners decided to say, move away from a certain memory care facility that is attempting to build here? Is the leaf actually in league with someone who owns a property in the village and wants to buy more at a discounted rate? Possibly a developer to that wants to move in more section 8 into your neighborhood? We may never know for sure.
Danny T, minimized both the Oak Lawn Leaf and other outlets:
Who cares? People don’t want to hear the Mayor’s political operatives jumping on Facebook to fight with the Oak Lawn Leaf or the Patch. As far as these Facebook pages are concerned, the administrators are D-bags that will cut off conversations that attack the Mayor’s policies. You probably have ten percent of all Oak Lawn residents reading your stories and Facebook Pages regarding Oak Lawn have even less! It is a tiny contingent.
It may be unrealistic to believe that no mistakes will ever happen. Major newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune devote a great deal of staff time to acknowledging and printing errors. We just want to make sure that if you find a mistake, contact us and we’ll do our best to correct it. Your differing opinion is not a “mistake” but we’ll be happy to include it in future letters. Remember to send those comments to firstname.lastname@example.org