IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Sun, 26 Mar 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Should support of Israel become conditional? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18178-should-support-of-israel-become-conditional.html Should support of Israel become conditional?
Recently Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a provocative and sobering speech touching on the viability of future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and again brought into question the nature of th...]]>
Democrats, take the high road. Dump Madigan. http://illinoistimes.com/article-18154-democrats-take-the-high-road-dump-madigan.html Democrats, take the high road. Dump Madigan.
 Life is full of “What if…?” questions. One of these questions preeminent in Illinois is, “What if Speaker Madigan was no longer speaker?”. One of my “What if” questions is: How wou...]]>
Republicans’ replacement for Obamacare http://illinoistimes.com/article-18134-republicans%25E2%2580%2599-replacement-for-obamacare.html Republicans’ replacement for Obamacare
All Americans face the prospect that very shortly after Jan. 20, Congress will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). That means between 14 and 17 million people (depending on the report you want to us...]]>
Want to govern effectively, Mr. Trump? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18091-want-to-govern-effectively-mr-trump.html Want to govern effectively, Mr. Trump?
As Mario Cuomo said, politicians campaign in poetry but have to govern in prose. Now we have a president-elect who campaigned in tweets...but still will have to govern in prose.Donald Trump showed gre...]]>
Why Italy matters to you http://illinoistimes.com/article-18074-why-italy-matters-to-you.html Why Italy matters to you
The Italians vote their leader out and this affects all of us. Prime Minister Renzi in Italy recently resigned as promised after losing a plebiscite on whether or not to amend the Constitution so Ital...]]>
What one apology can do http://illinoistimes.com/article-18046-what-one-apology-can-do.html What one apology can do
 On Saturday morning, Oct. 15, I decided to go to the Parkway 8 theater in Springfield to see the film The Birth of a Nation by Nate Parker. I didn’t know if I could handle being reminded of ou...]]>
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...]]>