IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Tue, 17 Jul 18 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Gun violence is a public health hazard http://illinoistimes.com/article-20192-gun-violence-is-a-public-health-hazard.html Gun violence is a public health hazard
  On March 14 of this year, students across the U.S. left class for 17 minutes – one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. It is a bit dishearteni...]]>
A psychiatrist on separating children http://illinoistimes.com/article-20176-a-psychiatrist-on-separating-children.html A psychiatrist on separating children
 When I was obtaining my master’s degree in public administration, perhaps the most influential topic I took was ethics in public administration. One of the focuses of that course was administr...]]>
Where have all the flowers gone? When will we ever learn? http://illinoistimes.com/article-20151-where-have-all-the-flowers-gone-when-will-we-ever-learn.html Where have all the flowers gone? When will we ever learn?
 I recently returned from Los Angeles where my grandson was born six weeks ago. I spent the first few weeks of his life there helping my daughter and caring for him. It broke my heart to leave hi...]]>
Korea: Not so fast! http://illinoistimes.com/article-20117-korea-not-so-fast_.html Korea: Not so fast!
 It’s easy to agree that beauty is desirable, though what each person considers to be beautiful can be very different. Kim Jong Un and President Trump have signed an agreement in Singapore decl...]]>
We need more politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-20097-we-need-more-politics.html We need more politics
Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declinin...]]>
Should township merge with the city? - Township board asks the wrong question. http://illinoistimes.com/article-20064-should-township-merge-with-the-city.html Should township merge with the city? - Township board asks the wrong question.
 Advisory referendums are good for our democracy, but only if the right question is asked. For years people have talked about the inefficiency and absurdity of two different governments serving t...]]>
Media burdens run two ways http://illinoistimes.com/article-20048-media-burdens-run-two-ways.html Media burdens run two ways
I was chatting with a group of students the other day when one of them looked me in the eye and commented, “You’re very tough on journalists.” I had to plead guilty.Of course I’m tough on jour...]]>
Supreme Court victimizes kids via sports gambling http://illinoistimes.com/article-20013-supreme-court-victimizes-kids-via-sports-gambling.html Supreme Court victimizes kids via sports gambling
  On May 14 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Murphy v. NCAA, a case brought by the State of New Jersey to overturn the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) --...]]>
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...]]>