I have had a very high opinion of Matt Volk for a long time. He is one of the good guys: a cheerful, caring, can-do type person who gives hundreds of volunteer hours of service to his community, year after year.

But as president of the DeKalb Park District board, Volk owes his public an explanation of his guilty plea on a theft charge, or his resignation from the position, or maybe both. The one thing he should not do is to pretend nothing has happened.