IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Mon, 21 May 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 All rise! Drug court offers help and hope http://illinoistimes.com/article-19985-all-rise_-drug-court-offers-help-and-hope.html All rise! Drug court offers help and hope
 A courtroom is not a place where you would expect to find scenes of celebration and tears of joy. Unless, of course, it is drug court.This month, over 3,000 drug courts and other treatment court...]]>
A fate worse than death - There are better alternatives to living with advanced dementia http://illinoistimes.com/article-19962-a-fate-worse-than-death.html A fate worse than death - There are better alternatives to living with advanced dementia
 My grandmother, whom we called “Nana,” always loved children. Many times, she asked me to give her great-grandchildren.In 2000, the moment finally arrived. But it didn’t seem to matter. Ea...]]>
Janus case could backfire, helping unions http://illinoistimes.com/article-19952-janus-case-could-backfire-helping-unions.html Janus case could backfire, helping unions
Prof. Bruno spoke recently with University of Illinois News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about a potentially crippling case for labor unions at the Supreme Court.Most Supreme Court watc...]]>
A whale of a good idea - Ending credit card signatures http://illinoistimes.com/article-19925-a-whale-of-a-good-idea.html A whale of a good idea - Ending credit card signatures
 So long, Shamu.For more than a decade I’ve been signing the name of the world’s most famous killer whale on credit card receipts and signature pads. When I’m not in a hurry, I add a crude...]]>
Seeking justice for an innocent man, posthumously http://illinoistimes.com/article-19912-seeking-justice-for-an-innocent-man-posthumously.html Seeking justice for an innocent man, posthumously
On Saturday, April 28, the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) will honor retired Lt. Paul Echols from the Carbondale Police Department for his persistent quest for a posthumous exoneration of Grover Tho...]]>
Why are Democrats losing ground? - A history lesson http://illinoistimes.com/article-19868-why-are-democrats-losing-ground.html Why are Democrats losing ground? - A history lesson
 A few nights ago in Springfield, after enjoying dinner at our favorite Old Capitol Plaza restaurant, I came across an illuminating discovery – an old friend. Next door to our restaurant is a b...]]>
Marching with the kids for gun law reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-19858-marching-with-the-kids-for-gun-law-reform.html Marching with the kids for gun law reform
Seeing groups of high school students at Midway Airport on March 23 gave me a feeling that the March for Our Lives event the next day in Washington, D.C., would be big. Indeed, as I took the Metro tra...]]>
Beware a U.S. Constitutional Convention http://illinoistimes.com/article-19835-beware-a-us-constitutional-convention.html Beware a U.S. Constitutional Convention
 The U.S. Constitution is the document that ultimately impacts every facet of our lives – our sense of freedom, our belief in equal justice for all and our ability to pursue our dreams. It is a...]]>
Where to start? Fix the budget process http://illinoistimes.com/article-19810-where-to-start-fix-the-budget-process.html Where to start? Fix the budget process
You could choose any number of marquee dilemmas to illustrate how broken congressional politics has become. Guns, Russian interference, climate change – Americans want progress on all of them and ge...]]>
Training cops to help stop wrongful convictions http://illinoistimes.com/article-19772-training-cops-to-help-stop-wrongful-convictions.html Training cops to help stop wrongful convictions
For the past two years the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at University of Illinois Springfield has been involved in an initiative with the Police Training Institute (PTI) to introduce and train new...]]>
Europe’s disappearing center http://illinoistimes.com/article-19760-europe%25E2%2580%2599s-disappearing-center.html Europe’s disappearing center
Last Sunday, March 4, Italian voters crushed the ruling Democratic Party. Fifty-five percent of the electorate voted for the two anti-European Union and anti-establishment parties, one on the right an...]]>
Why arming teachers is a bad idea http://illinoistimes.com/article-19736-why-arming-teachers-is-a-bad-idea.html Why arming teachers is a bad idea
 Some are calling for teachers to be armed. This idea has many flaws and shows a lack of understanding about a teacher’s real role. There are better solutions.I studied to be an Engli...]]>
Is the Economic Development Corp. paying attention? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19720-is-the-economic-development-corp-paying-attention.html Is the Economic Development Corp. paying attention?
The Sangamon County Board has recently formed the Economic Development Corporation(EDC) to attract new businesses to the Springfield area. Several concerns have been raised about the makeup of this gr...]]>
City needs to shape county’s economic growth plan http://illinoistimes.com/article-19690-city-needs-to-shape-county%25E2%2580%2599s-economic-growth-plan.html City needs to shape county’s economic growth plan
As a more progressive member of the Sangamon County board – known for sometimes ruffling feathers because I don’t just go along to get along but question actions taken when it is warranted – I v...]]>
Send us more Norwegians - Why would they not want to come here? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19665-send-us-more-norwegians.html Send us more Norwegians - Why would they not want to come here?
During a recent meeting on immigration reform, President Trump was criticized for referring to African countries as “s….hole” nations and questioning why we can’t get more immigrants from Norw...]]>
What’s next for Iraq Christians? - Dominican Sisters in Iraq are hopeful and persistent in challenging circumstances http://illinoistimes.com/article-19634-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next-for-iraq-christians.html What’s next for Iraq Christians? - Dominican Sisters in Iraq are hopeful and persistent in challenging circumstances
 Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State, or Daesh, in early December. Shortly after that, two western Dominican Friars arrived in the country to visit the Ir...]]>
Why’s there so much focus on the presidency? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19622-why%25E2%2580%2599s-there-so-much-focus-on-the-presidency.html Why’s there so much focus on the presidency?
Because we live in such tumultuous political times, it’s easy to believe that today’s intense public focus on the Trump presidency is something new – an obsession like none we’ve ever seen bef...]]>
Good news for a change on climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-19594-good-news-for-a-change-on-climate-change.html Good news for a change on climate change
 Nature and the gods of technology have blessed us with the means to avoid the worst consequences of climate warming. Now there is good climate news for a change. What we must do is put less carb...]]>
King’s speech in Springfield - A call for a “coalition of conscience” with civil rights and labor http://illinoistimes.com/article-19573-king%25E2%2580%2599s-speech-in-springfield.html King’s speech in Springfield - A call for a “coalition of conscience” with civil rights and labor
 While Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his “I have a dream” speech, the civil rights icon delivered a major speech in Springfield on labor, economics and civil rights on Oct. 7, 196...]]>
Under the camouflage in the tax cut bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-19549-under-the-camouflage-in-the-tax-cut-bill.html Under the camouflage in the tax cut bill
 Politicians are masters of legislative camouflage. By this I mean that they are very good at making you think legislation is doing one thing when in reality it accomplishes another goal.One of t...]]>
What to look for in 2018 http://illinoistimes.com/article-19500-what-to-look-for-in-2018.html What to look for in 2018
This was an interesting year that’s just concluding, wasn’t it? And here’s the thing: I suspect 2018 will be just as intriguing.Let’s start with some good news. The economy had a good year in...]]>
Where to cut the city budget - Spending for police and fire is out of control http://illinoistimes.com/article-19461-where-to-cut-the-city-budget.html Where to cut the city budget - Spending for police and fire is out of control
The city of Springfield’s pending financial disaster is much more a problem of priorities, and less a problem of revenue. Informal comments already suggest that there is nothing left to cut, but the...]]>
Charlottesville and common-sense gun solutions http://illinoistimes.com/article-19433-charlottesville-and-common-sense-gun-solutions.html Charlottesville and common-sense gun solutions
 My son points the stick like he’s just back from the shooting range. “Pow,” he says, a mischievous glint in his eye. He already knows the family policy his older brother rattles off ambiva...]]>
Is Springfield welcoming? Why doctors need to know http://illinoistimes.com/article-19412-is-springfield-welcoming-why-doctors-need-to-know.html Is Springfield welcoming? Why doctors need to know
A few years ago I read an article indicating that health care was rivaling state government as the largest employment area in Springfield. It didn’t surprise me. Since the founding of the Southern I...]]>
A solution to the demise of cursive http://illinoistimes.com/article-19377-a-solution-to-the-demise-of-cursive.html A solution to the demise of cursive
 In case you hadn’t noticed, the world has changed. That, according to Darren J. Root, superintendent of the Auburn public schools, in a recent op-ed for the SJ-R. Superintendent Root noted tha...]]>
Why we need to worry about federal debt http://illinoistimes.com/article-19361-why-we-need-to-worry-about-federal-debt.html Why we need to worry about federal debt
As Republicans in Congress move forward on their tax plan, it’s worth remembering one thing: whatever the legislative particulars, keep your eye on the plan’s impact on the federal debt. Our debt...]]>
If you want to change things http://illinoistimes.com/article-19329-if-you-want-to-change-things.html If you want to change things
 One of the gifts of living in a representative democracy is that voting is only one of the rights it confers. For ordinary people who want to make change – who in some way want to alter their...]]>
Springfield needs action on economy - Politics often gets in the way http://illinoistimes.com/article-19296-springfield-needs-action-on-economy.html Springfield needs action on economy - Politics often gets in the way
 I have some experience with economic development efforts in Springfield. This backstory lends credence to my cynicism about why the new economic development corporation, formed in response to th...]]>
What went wrong in Vietnam? - A diplomat, who served in Saigon 50 years ago, asks, ‘Have we learned any lessons?’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-19263-what-went-wrong-in-vietnam.html What went wrong in Vietnam? - A diplomat, who served in Saigon 50 years ago, asks, ‘Have we learned any lessons?’
 The opening statement in the Burns-Novick TV documentary series is accurate. The U.S. was overconfident, its policy was based on a fateful misunderstanding of the Vietnam conflict and the U.S. f...]]>
Aldermen and big money http://illinoistimes.com/article-19233-aldermen-and-big-money.html Aldermen and big money
 When Springfield City Council members repeatedly accept large campaign contributions from the same serial donors year after year, they invariably compromise their impartiality and subordinate th...]]>