IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Tue, 27 Jun 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
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...]]>