Contest limits words, not imagination

What do Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf have in common? Yes, they’re some of the greatest storytellers ever and their books have sold millions of copies. And, yes, their works have stood—and will continue to stand—the test of time. Literary lions though they may be, none of these famed authors were ever […]


Bold move by school district applauded

Social media response to The Acorn’s Aug. 1 front page article about gender diversity education starting this fall for elementary-age students in Oak Park came swift and hard. “This is criminal. Schools need to stay out of sex, period,” says one reader. “It’s not healthy to sexualize children,” writes another. “Kids can’t handle this at a young age.” “Madness.” And, […]


Agency’s rising costs explained

GUEST OPINION /// Local water rates

A letter in the Aug. 1 Acorn mischaracterizes the reason for the increases in water rates for Triunfo Water and Sanitation District in Oak Park. The writer pointed to an almost doubling of the water meter charge in three years from around $15 to almost $30. This fixed monthly rate was increased based on Triunfo board’s decision to stabilize rates […]

From printing press to podcast, The Acorn finds a way

Here at The Acorn we think there’s something to be said for consistency, for familiarity. When our readers head to the driveway on Thursday, we want them to know they can count on their regular collection of writers and stories covering all facets of the community. At the same time, we’re aware that the future depends on our ability to […]


So whose fault is it when your stuff gets stolen?

The sheriff’s department calls them crimes of opportunity, and for good reason. If a thief spots an easy target, you can bet they will pounce. We know from regular reports that women shoppers who leave their purses unattended are a favorite mark for local thieves. A purse left on a shopping cart can easily be rifled through or stolen altogether. […]


Earthquake country, like it or not

Denial is one of the most powerful tools we humans use to protect ourselves in a world full of the inevitable. And why not? If we were to dwell on all that could go wrong, or on the things we know certainly will—our own mortality for instance—life would be very bleak indeed. We take comfort in the blinders we put […]

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