IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Sat, 28 Feb 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 The meaning of Lincoln’s funeral http://illinoistimes.com/article-15139-the-meaning-of-lincoln%25E2%2580%2599s-funeral.html The meaning of Lincoln’s funeral
The planned re-creation of the Lincoln funeral train and reenacting of the funeral ceremonies in Springfield scheduled for May mark a remembrance of a great president and an inspirational world figure...]]>
An important tool to fight drug abuse http://illinoistimes.com/article-15118-an-important-tool-to-fight-drug-abuse.html An important tool to fight drug abuse
 The fear of measles and news of the Ebola virus have captured news headlines for many months. These are of course serious news stories and deserve our attention. However, there is one issue that...]]>
Why historians vaccinate their kids http://illinoistimes.com/article-15093-why-historians-vaccinate-their-kids.html Why historians vaccinate their kids
The vaccine debate recently hit home to my Facebook circle (so, you know, it must be serious now...). As the arguments flew fast and furious (“The CDC is a giant conspiracy to sell vaccines!” “S...]]>
The facts on Illinois taxes http://illinoistimes.com/article-15068-the-facts-on-illinois-taxes.html The facts on Illinois taxes
 With the huge budget hole created by the recent 25 percent tax cut to both Illinois’ personal and corporate income tax rate, lawmakers must make critical decisions about whether to make deep c...]]>
Step up the fight against climate change http://illinoistimes.com/article-15035-step-up-the-fight-against-climate-change.html Step up the fight against climate change
The latest United Nations climate report is arresting because it confirms prior trends of climate change and emphasizes for the first time that dramatic climate change could hit us suddenly. The scien...]]>
Rethinking guns in America http://illinoistimes.com/article-14993-rethinking-guns-in-america.html Rethinking guns in America
 Handguns have killed more Americans than any other type of firearm. Two innocent policemen in New York City and a black teenager who pulled a handgun on police in Berkeley, Missouri, not far fro...]]>
Alan Dixon’s record of public service http://illinoistimes.com/article-14973-alan-dixon%25E2%2580%2599s-record-of-public-service.html Alan Dixon’s record of public service
I am writing in response to James Krohe, Jr.’s inane and sophomoric diatribe regarding U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon [see “Official graffiti,” Dec. 18]. I had the honor of working with Alan Dixon in t...]]>
Where can Springfield look for money? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14938-where-can-springfield-look-for-money.html Where can Springfield look for money?
 The proposed 2016 operating fund (corporate fund) for the City of Springfield is $118.1 million. The Springfield Police Department ($45.8 million) and the Springfield Fire Department ($37.1 mill...]]>
The good old days of patronage http://illinoistimes.com/article-14908-the-good-old-days-of-patronage.html The good old days of patronage
“Gimme your mop. You’re through.”I was standing in a hall in the Stratton building about 9:30 on a weeknight. The shift was ending and I had been stopped by the new boss. He hit me with that mes...]]>
It’s not as bad as you think http://illinoistimes.com/article-14897-it%25E2%2580%2599s-not-as-bad-as-you-think.html It’s not as bad as you think
 We are one glum country.Trust in the federal government is at historic lows, according to Gallup. More than half of the respondents to an October Rasmussen poll think our best days are behind us...]]>
Welcome to the neighborhood, Rauners http://illinoistimes.com/article-14851-welcome-to-the-neighborhood-rauners.html Welcome to the neighborhood, Rauners
 I remember seeing Gov. Adlai Stevenson when I was a kid. I was in a car that passed his on the way up to New Salem to see the play Forever This Land. He looked out the window and waved to me.Act...]]>
No need for bobcat hunting in Illinois http://illinoistimes.com/article-14822-no-need-for-bobcat-hunting-in-illinois.html No need for bobcat hunting in Illinois
 Last week, during veto session, the Illinois General Assembly rushed through a proposal to allow a bobcat hunting season in Illinois. Opening up a bobcat season in Illinois without taking into a...]]>
Editor's Note 12/11/14 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14823-editors-note-12_11_14.html Editor's Note 12/11/14
 The tributes to Judy Baar Topinka came in fast and strong Wednesday morning, just as we were going to press. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat: “The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen la...]]>
Preserving history in Greenview http://illinoistimes.com/article-14794-preserving-history-in-greenview.html Preserving history in Greenview
In the forties and fifties, driving into Greenview on my way to visit my grandparents at their farm on Salt Creek meant passing a sadly decaying remnant of the town’s better days.Just south of town ...]]>
SDAT responds to Britt: Here’s what we’ve accomplished http://illinoistimes.com/article-14762-sdat-responds-to-britt-here%25E2%2580%2599s-what-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-accomplished.html SDAT responds to Britt: Here’s what we’ve accomplished
 Sometimes I think that those of us living in Springfield are our own worst enemy. Case in point: our hometown cartoonist, Chris Britt, used his pulpit in last week’s paper to label the Sustain...]]>
It’s time for Illinois to ratify ERA http://illinoistimes.com/article-14731-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-for-illinois-to-ratify-era.html It’s time for Illinois to ratify ERA
Once more, the State of Illinois has an opportunity to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It should act to do so quickly. The ERA quite simply establishes gender equality unde...]]>
BGA invites Rauner to ‘begin the conversation’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-14700-bga-invites-rauner-to-%25E2%2580%2598begin-the-conversation%25E2%2580%2599.html BGA invites Rauner to ‘begin the conversation’
 Dear Governor-elect Rauner, Please join us at a Better Government Association luncheon in Springfield on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for a conversation about fiscal and ethical reform in Illinois.I’ll g...]]>
Consider your family’s oral health http://illinoistimes.com/article-14671-consider-your-family%25E2%2580%2599s-oral-health.html Consider your family’s oral health
On Nov. 15, the open enrollment period will begin under the Affordable Care Act, giving Illinois residents an opportunity to shop for health care coverage that could have a major impact on their physi...]]>
Governing is hard work http://illinoistimes.com/article-14632-governing-is-hard-work.html Governing is hard work
 I have been working in or around government for more than 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most peop...]]>
Sunshine on Sangamon County http://illinoistimes.com/article-14619-sunshine-on-sangamon-county.html Sunshine on Sangamon County
Politics and corruption are two words that are all too often found together, especially in Illinois. While we have laws meant to protect whistleblowers who point out legitimate problems, most remain f...]]>
November’s elections won’t resolve much http://illinoistimes.com/article-14590-november%25E2%2580%2599s-elections-won%25E2%2580%2599t-resolve-much.html November’s elections won’t resolve much
 Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that recess...]]>
Downtown had it all http://illinoistimes.com/article-14563-downtown-had-it-all.html Downtown had it all
When my Grandmother Platt put on her white linen dress and the hat that made her look like a duchess and announced that we were going shopping, it only meant one thing – a day of adventure “downto...]]>
Report from the People’s Climate March http://illinoistimes.com/article-14532-report-from-the-people%25E2%2580%2599s-climate-march.html Report from the People’s Climate March
 The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 was designed to be the largest mass rally in history to awaken a sleepwalking world to the dangers ahead. Even by the time you reached t...]]>
Walk in their shoes - Raise the federal minimum wage http://illinoistimes.com/article-14506-walk-in-their-shoes.html Walk in their shoes - Raise the federal minimum wage
 I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today.The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did w...]]>
They’re all just guys with their hands out http://illinoistimes.com/article-14463-they%25E2%2580%2599re-all-just-guys-with-their-hands-out.html They’re all just guys with their hands out
 I have met Barack Obama twice. And I must say, I expected greater things.I have shaken hands with every president from Harry Truman to Obama. Some were memorable, some inspiring, some just guys ...]]>
What good does Downtown Springfield, Inc., do? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14442-what-good-does-downtown-springfield-inc-do.html What good does Downtown Springfield, Inc., do?
 DSI is not just another nonprofit that puts on street festivals and holds fundraisers. It is the only entity working exclusively on initiatives to lift up the central business district. We have ...]]>
Another letter from Dominican sisters in Iraq - ‘Is the world deaf and blind?’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-14414-another-letter-from-dominican-sisters-in-iraq.html Another letter from Dominican sisters in Iraq - ‘Is the world deaf and blind?’
 Last week Illinois Times published in this op/ed space “A letter of anguish from Dominican sisters in Iraq”, who have developed a bond with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield over the past...]]>
A letter of anguish from Dominican sisters in Iraq http://illinoistimes.com/article-14386-a-letter-of-anguish-from-dominican-sisters-in-iraq.html A letter of anguish from Dominican sisters in Iraq
Many Springfield residents will be familiar with the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna in Iraq because of their association with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield. Over a period of 15 ye...]]>
Why government fails, and what we should do about it http://illinoistimes.com/article-14353-why-government-fails-and-what-we-should-do-about-it.html Why government fails, and what we should do about it
 As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails – and that we need to address this. Wha...]]>
How safe is hydraulic fracturing? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14317-how-safe-is-hydraulic-fracturing.html How safe is hydraulic fracturing?
During the legislative battle to pass the Illinois hydraulic fracturing bill, safety was the major source of conflict. Over the past year, Illinois Times and major news outlets have reported the divis...]]>