Thank you, Army Sgt. John Wrana, for your service to our country in World War II. You will not be forgotten. I was moved to tears by the tragic story of the death of Mr. Wrana at the hands of Park Forest police.

My husband was a World War II combat Marine, and our son is a Vietnam War veteran. I know that for combat veterans, the memories of war are never erased from their minds, and anytime they or their families are threatened, they go into attack/defense mode regardless of their age.

But Mr. Wrana was 95 and in poor health. The several police officers who were present could not have calmed him down or subdued him? If he did have a butcher knife, why was he allowed to do so at the senior home?

The actions by Park Forest police to shoot him with a bean-bag shotgun are unforgivable and inexcusable, and the six officers involved are a disgrace to law enforcement.

Had John Wrana been placed in the state veterans home in Manteno, he would have had the company of fellow veterans and a staff that is trained in overseeing their care. Peace be with you, John, and with your grieving family.

Ruth Williams

Oak Forest

Unity needed in fight against Wal-Mart

Many of the homeowners in Tinley Park’s Brookside Glen subdivision and adjoining areas chose it for the good schools, and the idea that Lincoln-Way North High School would be built there eventually was a definite perk. Since the high school district decided several years ago to build the school farther south on Harlem Avenue, there has been trepidation regarding what would be built on the farmland at 191st Street and Harlem.

A few years ago, the residents protested a Wal-Mart store there because they believed it would compromise living quality and safety, bringing increased traffic, noise and depreciation in house values. These are still valid reasons for not having a Wal-Mart Supercenter/Sam’s Club on that corner.

Further, Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest employer next to the federal government, is asking for tax breaks to come to Tinley Park. Whatever happened to giving tax breaks to the small mom-and-pop businesses that are struggling? It seems that the mayor and his team have reversed that equation, as evidenced by the many businesses that have closed along Oak Park Avenue.

Brookside Glen residents want their community to remain safe and quiet, which is what they’re paying high taxes for. Residents must fight in word and deed by attending village hall meetings and by getting competing businesses to join the fight. Wal-Mart will likely hurt the stores in the Brookside Glen Marketplace across the street, especially the SuperTarget store.

The village has a track record of success in fighting for its causes. Unity of thought and action are necessary to save the village from a powerful retailer that cares not at all for the community and only has its profit in mind.

Marie E. Roman

Tinley Park