IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Tue, 22 Aug 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Working with nine presidents before this one http://illinoistimes.com/article-19006-working-with-nine-presidents-before-this-one.html Working with nine presidents before this one
 One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talke...]]>
Fear and loathing in health care - When politicians target our primitive brain http://illinoistimes.com/article-18989-fear-and-loathing-in-health-care.html Fear and loathing in health care - When politicians target our primitive brain
Why do voters support politicians whose clear policy goals indicate that they are likely to support measures that will adversely impact the very people who voted for them?For example, the various iter...]]>
The U.S. and North Korea: Give peace a chance http://illinoistimes.com/article-18958-the-us-and-north-korea-give-peace-a-chance.html The U.S. and North Korea: Give peace a chance
 Sooner or later, every rookie reporter must face the ugly facts: Somewhere, sometime, there will be a school board meeting she will have to cover. A veteran opinion monger like me faces a simila...]]>
“We speak to you, not about you” - An immigrant’s billboard about not gossiping http://illinoistimes.com/article-18935-%25E2%2580%259Cwe-speak-to-you-not-about-you%25E2%2580%259D.html “We speak to you, not about you” - An immigrant’s billboard about not gossiping
 I established my Springfield salon, Gulden’s Nail Spa, in 2012. I was born and raised in Adana, Turkey, and moved to the United States at the age of 21. It has always been my dream to own my o...]]>
A billboard about language and intolerance http://illinoistimes.com/article-18911-a-billboard-about-language-and-intolerance.html A billboard about language and intolerance
 America is a nation composed of immigrants, the fairly recent descendants of immigrants, native peoples and the descendants of slaves. Unlike regions of the world where majorities may descend fr...]]>
Patients will die if Congress doesn’t act http://illinoistimes.com/article-18891-patients-will-die-if-congress-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-act.html Patients will die if Congress doesn’t act
Thousands of Americans could die waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve new, lifesaving treatments if Congress fails to reauthorize a 25-year-old law this summer.The legislation, the...]]>
Sanders supporters plan future of progressive movement - Can Democrats and independents form a majority coalition? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18864-sanders-supporters-plan-future-of-progressive-movement.html Sanders supporters plan future of progressive movement - Can Democrats and independents form a majority coalition?
 Earlier this month I attended the 2017 People’s Summit in Chicago along with several thousand other progressive activists. The event was sponsored by a “who’s who” of left-leaning Democr...]]>
Trump’s support for apprenticeships falls short http://illinoistimes.com/article-18840-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-support-for-apprenticeships-falls-short.html Trump’s support for apprenticeships falls short
For some, the recent unveiling of President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) pledging to expand apprenticeships nationwide – programs that allow workers to “earn and learn” on the job – was a we...]]>
How to fix Obamacare http://illinoistimes.com/article-18817-how-to-fix-obamacare.html How to fix Obamacare
I am in agreement with President Donald Trump on at least one thing. He is quoted as telling Republican senators that the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) was “mean” and whatever Senate R...]]>
Municipal bands, a summer favorite http://illinoistimes.com/article-18791-municipal-bands-a-summer-favorite.html Municipal bands, a summer favorite
 Times may change, but some things stay the same. Fortunately for music lovers across Illinois, the municipal band is a constant, a cherished part of the summer landscape in communities statewide...]]>
Mental health budget cuts are insane - Neglecting mental health services is bankrupting our health care system http://illinoistimes.com/article-18760-mental-health-budget-cuts-are-insane.html Mental health budget cuts are insane - Neglecting mental health services is bankrupting our health care system
President Trump and Republican congressional leaders justifiably want to curb the alarming growth in government health care spending. Their proposed solution? Cut $880 billion in federal funds from Me...]]>
Talking to the other side http://illinoistimes.com/article-18727-talking-to-the-other-side.html Talking to the other side
 I’ve had a number of conversations recently that convince me our country is divided into two political camps separated by a deep and uncomfortably wide gap. No, I’m not talking about liberal...]]>
Casino bills taking billions from Illinois education http://illinoistimes.com/article-18711-casino-bills-taking-billions-from-illinois-education.html Casino bills taking billions from Illinois education
 Having passed the Illinois Senate on May 17 and pending in the House, Senate Bill 7 would authorize a Chicago Casino Development Authority (CCDA) as a government unto itself via a “perpetual�...]]>
The budget process remains broken http://illinoistimes.com/article-18677-the-budget-process-remains-broken.html The budget process remains broken
Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating... for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartis...]]>
The EPA is good for our health http://illinoistimes.com/article-18651-the-epa-is-good-for-our-health.html The EPA is good for our health
 As I reflected on last month’s Earth Day and the current attack by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), I considered what impact t...]]>
In France, the center held http://illinoistimes.com/article-18606-in-france-the-center-held.html In France, the center held
 Yeats’s famous line of poetry during the dark times after the Great War comes eerily down to us today: “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.” Yet in the preliminary French elections ...]]>
Changing health care for the better http://illinoistimes.com/article-18588-changing-health-care-for-the-better.html Changing health care for the better
Leaders on Capitol Hill are about to turn their attention to health care reform again. While “repeal and replace” has the most attention, what is at stake is beyond the fate of the Affordable Care...]]>
In defense of arts funding http://illinoistimes.com/article-18563-in-defense-of-arts-funding.html In defense of arts funding
 In the president’s proposed budget, funding for the National Endowment for the Arts would be eliminated in an attempt to cut “wasteful spending.” This reflects a common, though mistaken, l...]]>
Holy Week 1865 - When Lee surrendered and Lincoln died http://illinoistimes.com/article-18536-holy-week-1865.html Holy Week 1865 - When Lee surrendered and Lincoln died
 Holy Week is a reflective time for people of many faiths, and Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are marked by tens of millions around the world. However, Holy Week in 1865 was a definin...]]>
How to handle the Russia mess http://illinoistimes.com/article-18489-how-to-handle-the-russia-mess.html How to handle the Russia mess
 The announcement by FBI Director James Comey that his agency is investigating links between members of President Trump’s campaign and Russia has upended Washington. Yet there needs to be an ev...]]>
Don’t let down guard on health care http://illinoistimes.com/article-18463-don%25E2%2580%2599t-let-down-guard-on-health-care.html Don’t let down guard on health care
One of the common plot devices of horror films is to have a climactic event where a threatening evil is defeated. The triumphant characters breathe a sigh of relief, begin putting their lives together...]]>
In praise of pragmatism - Lee Hamilton http://illinoistimes.com/article-18438-in-praise-of-pragmatism.html In praise of pragmatism - Lee Hamilton
 As you watch the health care proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times. In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatist...]]>
See Jesus in transgender people http://illinoistimes.com/article-18409-see-jesus-in-transgender-people.html See Jesus in transgender people
In a recent column in the Catholic Times, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki addressed transgender issues in the context of the Boy Scouts’ recent decision to accept transgender youth among their ranks. Af...]]>
My visit with the Carters in Plains http://illinoistimes.com/article-18384-my-visit-with-the-carters-in-plains.html My visit with the Carters in Plains
 Plains, Georgia…Six former and current presidents are alive today, but there’s only one you can meet, get photographed with and visit his new solar farm.Jimmy Carter, the only president who...]]>
Beware, GOP has plans for Medicare http://illinoistimes.com/article-18354-beware-gop-has-plans-for-medicare.html Beware, GOP has plans for Medicare
 Recently I was talking with a small business owner about the privately purchased health care policy that covered the owner and spouse. They pay about $12,000 a year for a policy with a $6,000 de...]]>
What’s wrong with the world going right? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18329-what%25E2%2580%2599s-wrong-with-the-world-going-right.html What’s wrong with the world going right?
 Nationalism is returning to a world badly in need of internationalism. An increasing number of countries are moving sharply to the political right, endorsing nationalism, while the public and gl...]]>
A speech everyone should read http://illinoistimes.com/article-18297-a-speech-everyone-should-read.html A speech everyone should read
As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s Jan. 10 farewell address to the American people....]]>
More casinos won’t help Illinois finances http://illinoistimes.com/article-18259-more-casinos-won%25E2%2580%2599t-help-illinois-finances.html More casinos won’t help Illinois finances
In Illinois, Lincoln’s essential premise of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been corrupted into “government of the casinos, by the casinos, and for the casino...]]>
Health care ‘reform’ could devastate Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-18235-health-care-%25E2%2580%2598reform%25E2%2580%2599-could-devastate-illinois.html Health care ‘reform’ could devastate Illinois
While I often disagree with policy positions articulated by Gov. Bruce Rauner, I had to agree with him when he spoke out against the current effort to convert Medicaid into a Block Grant being pushed...]]>
When students tried to raise a flag in Panama http://illinoistimes.com/article-18209-when-students-tried-to-raise-a-flag-in-panama.html When students tried to raise a flag in Panama
 Pedasi, Panama -- While Jan. 9 was just another Monday in the U.S., it was a major national holiday in Panama, marking perhaps the lowest point in the inextricably close relations between the tw...]]>