IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Fri, 09 Dec 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Welcome to Washington, Donald Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18018-welcome-to-washington-donald-trump.html Welcome to Washington, Donald Trump
As hard as the campaign might have been and the transition is proving to be, Donald Trump’s challenges are really just beginning. Governing after a toxic election in which the results awarded him an...]]>
A woman’s visceral reaction to Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-17981-a-woman%25E2%2580%2599s-visceral-reaction-to-trump.html A woman’s visceral reaction to Trump
 During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said many things that were not entirely true. Whether he actually believed everything he said is difficult to know. Numerous women accused him of s...]]>
Watch for these Trump warning signs http://illinoistimes.com/article-17958-watch-for-these-trump-warning-signs.html Watch for these Trump warning signs
 With the surprising election of Donald Trump, the question on the mind of most people that I talk to is: What kind of president will he be?Will it be the quiet, measured individual we have seen...]]>
Pause amid a bloody war - Civil War Thanksgiving http://illinoistimes.com/article-17926-pause-amid-a-bloody-war.html Pause amid a bloody war - Civil War Thanksgiving
As in most wars, the men of the Civil War found it excruciatingly difficult to be away from loved ones at holiday time. Thanksgiving was no exception.The holiday itself has its roots in the Civil War....]]>
Climate change after a year http://illinoistimes.com/article-17903-climate-change-after-a-year.html Climate change after a year
Almost a year ago, 178 nations agreed to the Paris Climate Accord which recently was ratified as the first world climate agreement designed to eliminate fossil fuel energy, preferably by 2033. How are...]]>
We need more sunlight http://illinoistimes.com/article-17867-we-need-more-sunlight.html We need more sunlight
 Less than one-third of Americans view elected officials as “honest,” and a lack of transparency lies at the core of this distrust. Government secrecy has been a driving force behind man...]]>
Corporations dodge billions in U.S. taxes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17859-corporations-dodge-billions-in-us-taxes.html Corporations dodge billions in U.S. taxes
European regulators’ recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech giant in an unwelcome spotlight. But Apple’s...]]>
A nose grows in Springfield - Deputy chief fibs about arrest http://illinoistimes.com/article-17819-a-nose-grows-in-springfield.html A nose grows in Springfield - Deputy chief fibs about arrest
 The story was cause for alarm in anyone’s neighborhood.Burglars hit a North End gun store on Oct. 9 with what sounded like remarkable ease, kicking in a door and making off with more than 50 f...]]>
YWCA block: Are we looking for an answer? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17795-ywca-block-are-we-looking-for-an-answer.html YWCA block: Are we looking for an answer?
Once again, the city of Springfield is planning to demolish the old YWCA building to get the site ready for some potential new development. I questioned the validity of the city’s previous efforts o...]]>
Looking beyond the election http://illinoistimes.com/article-17783-looking-beyond-the-election.html Looking beyond the election
This campaign year has been full of twists and turns. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone on Nov. 8. So talking about what comes afterward seems premature. But it’s been on...]]>
How will LGBT issues affect the election? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17754-how-will-lgbt-issues-affect-the-election.html How will LGBT issues affect the election?
Johnson was interviewed by the University of Illinois News Bureau.In 2004, gay marriage was used as a wedge issue to drive voters to the polls. Twelve years later, gay marriage is legal and the LGBT m...]]>
“Ban the Box” helps ex-cons succeed http://illinoistimes.com/article-17730-%25E2%2580%259Cban-the-box%25E2%2580%259D-helps-ex-cons-succeed.html “Ban the Box” helps ex-cons succeed
More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to reenter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become g...]]>
Why this Democrat wants a strong GOP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17683-why-this-democrat-wants-a-strong-gop.html Why this Democrat wants a strong GOP
 I’ve been a Democrat all my life. I believe in the party’s values, I’m pleased when its candidates win elections and I’m persuaded the country is better off when Democratic ideas get a f...]]>
Nobody wants to talk about ovarian cancer http://illinoistimes.com/article-17658-nobody-wants-to-talk-about-ovarian-cancer.html Nobody wants to talk about ovarian cancer
 Ovarian cancer touches all women. It does not discriminate based on age, race or ethnicity. More than 22,000 mothers, daughters, wives and sisters will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year...]]>
Message to students as school starts http://illinoistimes.com/article-17638-message-to-students-as-school-starts.html Message to students as school starts
Nancy Flood wrote this article 35 years ago when she was a young teacher in Springfield School District 186. She says if she were teaching today she’d want to say the same thing.Dear students,I’ve...]]>
Can It Can’t Happen Here happen here? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17590-can-it-can%25E2%2580%2599t-happen-here-happen-here.html Can It Can’t Happen Here happen here?
In 1935, It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis, was published. Lewis tells the story of how a populist demagogue with strong authoritarian leanings becomes president and eventually a dictator. Som...]]>
Bring the legislature back http://illinoistimes.com/article-17575-bring-the-legislature-back.html Bring the legislature back
I represent a unique district on the west side of Springfield and Sangamon County – one with many dedicated state workers and many others who rely on the state for funding or services. We also have...]]>
TPP: U.S. world leadership? - Or corporate takeover? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17550-tpp-us-world-leadership.html TPP: U.S. world leadership? - Or corporate takeover?
The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, to be voted on by Congress soon, is a quilt of many colors, disparate pieces stitched together. This is a complex bill which you probably will support if you belie...]]>
A fiscally stressed city has to prioritize http://illinoistimes.com/article-17529-a-fiscally-stressed-city-has-to-prioritize.html A fiscally stressed city has to prioritize
 The Springfield mayor and city council should be commended for discussing a variety of needs facing the city. Infrastructure, a city planner, Hunter Lake and the mansion block, to name a few. Th...]]>
Anniversary of America’s forgotten war http://illinoistimes.com/article-17492-anniversary-of-america%25E2%2580%2599s-forgotten-war.html Anniversary of America’s forgotten war
 The Korean conflict from 1950-53 is often called “America’s Forgotten War.” For the families of Americans killed or missing there, it is anything but forgotten. This week (July 27) marks t...]]>
An elegy to the Spirit of ’08 http://illinoistimes.com/article-17474-an-elegy-to-the-spirit-of-%25E2%2580%259908.html An elegy to the Spirit of ’08
 I stumbled across a documentary about Barack Obama’s ’08 presidential campaign the other night while browsing through Netflix. “Perfect,” I thought, and settled back in anticipation of a...]]>
Bridging the racial divide takes building relationships http://illinoistimes.com/article-17451-bridging-the-racial-divide-takes-building-relationships.html Bridging the racial divide takes building relationships
 Eugene Robinson’s recent commentary following the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers is profoundly insightful:  “Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. Both statements must...]]>
A tribute to Phil Bradley - Public servant, writer, raconteur http://illinoistimes.com/article-17421-a-tribute-to-phil-bradley.html A tribute to Phil Bradley - Public servant, writer, raconteur
 IT readers and Springfield residents in general have lost a good friend with the untimely passing of Illinois Times guest columnist Phil Bradley. Bradley, 72, of Chatham, died June 27. At one ti...]]>
Unsocial media - A Republican who misses the old GOP http://illinoistimes.com/article-17388-unsocial-media.html Unsocial media - A Republican who misses the old GOP
 President Eisenhower said, “If you aren’t in the middle of the road, you are in the gutter.”What he expressed 60-plus years ago applies to today’s Facebook. Sure, there are lots of...]]>
The fight over the Illinois State Museum - Thrown out of its room in 1887, this isn’t the museum’s first rodeo http://illinoistimes.com/article-17371-the-fight-over-the-illinois-state-museum.html The fight over the Illinois State Museum - Thrown out of its room in 1887, this isn’t the museum’s first rodeo
 One of the many casualties of the state budget disaster has been the closure of the Illinois State Museum, which is scheduled to reopen next month, with an admission charge. It is not the only t...]]>
To my daughter, the Bernie fan - Here’s why it’s time to support Hillary http://illinoistimes.com/article-17335-to-my-daughter-the-bernie-fan.html To my daughter, the Bernie fan - Here’s why it’s time to support Hillary
 Dear Nora and Michael,     I took my Bernie sign down today.  The yard looks a little bare.  He would have made a great president.  But fair is fair.  He just ...]]>
Keeping cool http://illinoistimes.com/article-17315-keeping-cool.html Keeping cool
 We are close to the time of year when the big decision on air-conditioning must be made. Flip the switch now or wait for hotter weather? Some of us crank it up when the heat starts, others are m...]]>
Springfield needs a city planner http://illinoistimes.com/article-17297-springfield-needs-a-city-planner.html Springfield needs a city planner
This is an edited version of remarks Paul O’Shea delivered to the Citizens Club May 27.I agree when Bob Gray says that the 1925 Myron West City Plan of the City of Springfield was exemplary. This wa...]]>
Why the new Exelon/ComEd bill is bad for Illinois consumers http://illinoistimes.com/article-17265-why-the-new-exelon_comed-bill-is-bad-for-illinois-consumers.html Why the new Exelon/ComEd bill is bad for Illinois consumers
 With the spring legislative session in Springfield only a few days from adjournment, legislators are rushing to move bills up the chain for a final vote on the floor and passage. As they do so, ...]]>
Popsicles for breakfast http://illinoistimes.com/article-17240-popsicles-for-breakfast.html Popsicles for breakfast
 On April 29, 1944, my mother was admitted to Memorial Hospital in Springfield where I was born. I was the first in my line to be born in a medical facility. There is a house up on Salt Creek in...]]>