IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Tue, 09 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Big bucks http://illinoistimes.com/article-16761-big-bucks.html Big bucks
 Our next door neighbor on MacArthur was a nice lady named Mae Shaheen. She lived with her brother, George. They were the siblings of Joe Shaheen, who ran the Springfield Speedway.On race nights...]]>
19th century Illinois women made history http://illinoistimes.com/article-16730-19th-century-illinois-women-made-history.html 19th century Illinois women made history
Many people recognize the name of Jane Addams from high school history textbooks, but few know much else about this incomparable woman of 19th-century Illinois history. And she was hardly the only one...]]>
Government needs to work better http://illinoistimes.com/article-16696-government-needs-to-work-better.html Government needs to work better
 Whoever wins next November’s presidential election, it’s a sure bet that at some point he or she will vow to set the federal government on the straight and narrow. Maybe the new president wi...]]>
Chili with a Touch http://illinoistimes.com/article-16673-chili-with-a-touch.html Chili with a Touch
 One of my fellow students from the Springfield High School class of 1962 is retiring at the end of January. While most of us have already retired with little fanfare, this is a lady whose leavin...]]>
Globe-trotting with the Trutters http://illinoistimes.com/article-16646-globe-trotting-with-the-trutters.html Globe-trotting with the Trutters
 I was at the comic book rack in Overaker’s drug store doing free reading and drinking a vanilla Coke (10 cents for the large size in 1960).My attention was caught by the conversation at a tabl...]]>
Trucking, a bedrock of the economy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16592-trucking-a-bedrock-of-the-economy.html Trucking, a bedrock of the economy
 Trucks: we see them every day on Illinois roads. We ride alongside them on the freeway. Many may be surprised to learn that the professional trucking industry has been a critical part of making...]]>
No more internment camps http://illinoistimes.com/article-16568-no-more-internment-camps.html No more internment camps
 Hilda, Ingrid, Helen and her younger brother, Siegfried, were new students. The three girls were placed in my eighth-grade class at St. Alphonsus, a large Catholic school in a blue-collar neighb...]]>
Paris: A stunning political success http://illinoistimes.com/article-16549-paris-a-stunning-political-success.html Paris: A stunning political success
 The two-week negotiations came to a jubilant climax on Dec. 12 as 195 nations voted yes to a world climate accord. Tough negotiations, all-night sessions, citizen protests, good planning and dip...]]>
Report from Paris at halftime http://illinoistimes.com/article-16521-report-from-paris-at-halftime.html Report from Paris at halftime
PARIS – Join us as we stroll through Le Bourget Airport, site of Lindberg’s landing and now the Climate Conference. ( Aside: No, Illinois Times did not really send me to Paris.) Our first impressi...]]>
Two paths converge at the Paris climate conference http://illinoistimes.com/article-16491-two-paths-converge-at-the-paris-climate-conference.html Two paths converge at the Paris climate conference
 Two paths converge at the giant Paris climate conference: the political path and the scientific path. Based on the following discussion you can decide what you think will happen in Paris.The pol...]]>
How race affects presidential elections http://illinoistimes.com/article-16466-how-race-affects-presidential-elections.html How race affects presidential elections
 The media have often stressed the importance of the minority vote in determining presidential elections. Some pundits have even gone further, contending that black and Hispanic support has been...]]>
Gov. Rauner, please open the Illinois State Museum http://illinoistimes.com/article-16424-gov-rauner-please-open-the-illinois-state-museum.html Gov. Rauner, please open the Illinois State Museum
 Dear Gov. Rauner:My name is Guerry Suggs, I serve on the board of the Illinois State Museum and I am currently chairman of the board. This past week the Illinois House of Representatives passed...]]>
The most dangerous place in the world - For Veterans Day, remembering one soldier’s strange journey from Illinois to Wales to the battlefields of Korea http://illinoistimes.com/article-16395-the-most-dangerous-place-in-the-world.html The most dangerous place in the world - For Veterans Day, remembering one soldier’s strange journey from Illinois to Wales to the battlefields of Korea
 The most dangerous place in the world on Aug. 15, 1950, was the Pusan Perimeter. On that day, Second Lieutenant Bob Evans arrived in-country, part of the under-strength, poorly equipped and ill-...]]>
Edmund Fitzgerald sank 40 years ago - Most famous shipwreck in Great Lakes history http://illinoistimes.com/article-16367-edmund-fitzgerald-sank-40-years-ago.html Edmund Fitzgerald sank 40 years ago - Most famous shipwreck in Great Lakes history
 It was far from the deadliest shipwreck in the history of the Great Lakes. But none is more enduring.Nov. 10 marks the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a 729-foot ore ca...]]>
Before reform, the legislature worked http://illinoistimes.com/article-16331-before-reform-the-legislature-worked.html Before reform, the legislature worked
 “Three for me says Allen T.”That mantra guided Democratic voters in Sangamon and Menard Counties as they cast their votes for state representative in the ’50s and ’60s.And the man joking...]]>
Billionaire populist really just a billionaire - Despite the hype, Trump’s tax plan is windfall for 1 percent http://illinoistimes.com/article-16308-billionaire-populist-really-just-a-billionaire.html Billionaire populist really just a billionaire - Despite the hype, Trump’s tax plan is windfall for 1 percent
 Listening to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s stump speech about taxes, I was intrigued that his official tax plan might break new ground.  I had hoped that ca...]]>
Editor’s note 10/22/15 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16309-editor%25E2%2580%2599s-note-10_22_15.html Editor’s note 10/22/15
 It was good of Jim Edgar, the former governor, to say clearly that Gov. Bruce Rauner needs to stop holding the budget hostage to his demands, because damage is being done to the state. “We nee...]]>
From a grateful Springfield homeless man http://illinoistimes.com/article-16268-from-a-grateful-springfield-homeless-man.html From a grateful Springfield homeless man
 I have never written a paper of any kind. I never read that much. But now that I have all this extra time, I read every day. Sometimes I read an article twice in case I missed something. I alway...]]>
We face real challenges to democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16230-we-face-real-challenges-to-democracy.html We face real challenges to democracy
 People who care about the United States’ place in the world often fret about challenges to representative democracy from other countries. I’d contend that the more formidable challenge comes...]]>
Film introduces new effort for race unity http://illinoistimes.com/article-16211-film-introduces-new-effort-for-race-unity.html Film introduces new effort for race unity
How did the racial stereotypes that permeate our society come into being?  What are the most effective ways to get beyond these stereotypes and build a society worthy of our national motto – E...]]>
My youth in a cocoon http://illinoistimes.com/article-16180-my-youth-in-a-cocoon.html My youth in a cocoon
 In 1952, when I was entering second grade, my mother and I moved from my grandparents’ house to an old Victorian house on the corner of Douglas and Governor. Like many families in those days,...]]>
Trump has nothing on Know-Nothings http://illinoistimes.com/article-16151-trump-has-nothing-on-know-nothings.html Trump has nothing on Know-Nothings
Hostility towards immigrants had been building for years. By the middle of the decade, xenophobia reached its peak, leading to a widespread belief that immigrants were threatening to destroy American...]]>
The philosopher-postman, revisited at 65 http://illinoistimes.com/article-16104-the-philosopher-postman-revisited-at-65.html The philosopher-postman, revisited at 65
 Thirty-seven years ago, Peggy Boyer, then a reporter for the young Illinois Times, wrote an article on delivering the U.S. mail. I was the subject; young and brash, like a teen who knows more th...]]>
Cuba, the country that time left alone http://illinoistimes.com/article-16087-cuba-the-country-that-time-left-alone.html Cuba, the country that time left alone
Since 2002 I have had the privilege of visiting Cuba three times, once with the Illinois Council of Churches, once with the Presbyterian Mission and once with the First Presbyterian Church of Springfi...]]>
Women’s equality 95 years later http://illinoistimes.com/article-16048-women%25E2%2580%2599s-equality-95-years-later.html Women’s equality 95 years later
On Aug. 26, 1920, the amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for women officially became part of the U.S. Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration...]]>
Melting ice and rising ocean levels http://illinoistimes.com/article-16019-melting-ice-and-rising-ocean-levels.html Melting ice and rising ocean levels
 The big Paris climate conference is now just three months away. The latest research on climate change is just in from the dean of climate scientists, James Hansen. He and his team of 16 climate...]]>
A vision for Ferguson, and everywhere http://illinoistimes.com/article-15999-a-vision-for-ferguson-and-everywhere.html A vision for Ferguson, and everywhere
This month the nation acknowledges two political milestones. On Aug. 9 we marked the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later we marked the 50th anniversary of the upri...]]>
Letter from Dominican sisters displaced in Iraq http://illinoistimes.com/article-15973-letter-from-dominican-sisters-displaced-in-iraq.html Letter from Dominican sisters displaced in Iraq
 A year ago Illinois Times published two letters from Dominican Sisters in Iraq who had then recently been displaced from their convents in ISIS-controlled areas to live as internally displaced p...]]>
Trading up for a better trade deal http://illinoistimes.com/article-15938-trading-up-for-a-better-trade-deal.html Trading up for a better trade deal
As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get p...]]>
Laws threaten women’s reproductive health http://illinoistimes.com/article-15906-laws-threaten-women%25E2%2580%2599s-reproductive-health.html Laws threaten women’s reproductive health
 As Americans, we strive for safety – the safest medicines, cars and toys. But when it comes to women’s reproductive health, state legislatures have passed about 250 laws since 2011 that...]]>