IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Fri, 28 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
No understanding of Catholic teaching http://illinoistimes.com/article-14288-no-understanding-of-catholic-teaching.html No understanding of Catholic teaching
 I was saddened to see how far Chris Britt has gone in his editorial cartoon making fun of Bishop Paprocki (July 24). It is clear that Britt has no understanding of Catholic teaching. Mary Kelder...]]>
Will a new era restrain nationalism? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14262-will-a-new-era-restrain-nationalism.html Will a new era restrain nationalism?
 Eras of history are generally recognized only long after they start. But it might be that our world has just walked into a new era this last month as five rising nations formed The New Developme...]]>
Are we doomed to polarization? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14226-are-we-doomed-to-polarization.html Are we doomed to polarization?
 We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing.The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in r...]]>
A baby step to improve chemical safety http://illinoistimes.com/article-14198-a-baby-step-to-improve-chemical-safety.html A baby step to improve chemical safety
In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas, last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there are ...]]>
What’s the market doing? - Cattle are up, soybeans down. But that’s bound to change. http://illinoistimes.com/article-14169-what%25E2%2580%2599s-the-market-doing.html What’s the market doing? - Cattle are up, soybeans down. But that’s bound to change.
 If you are around people involved in agriculture, the question “What’s the market doing?” will eventually come up. While there may be variations – “How’s the market?” or “Anythin...]]>
Improving federal freedom of information http://illinoistimes.com/article-14143-improving-federal-freedom-of-information.html Improving federal freedom of information
 Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune’s Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medi...]]>
Give college grads a future of freedom from debt http://illinoistimes.com/article-14116-give-college-grads-a-future-of-freedom-from-debt.html Give college grads a future of freedom from debt
 The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the “Bank on Students Em...]]>
Lesson of the city’s NAPA contract http://illinoistimes.com/article-14090-lesson-of-the-city%25E2%2580%2599s-napa-contract.html Lesson of the city’s NAPA contract
For two years the Springfield city council worked hand in hand with Mayor Mike Houston and budget director William McCarty to consolidate four city maintenance garages – police, fire, public works a...]]>
Diverse faith groups talk about race http://illinoistimes.com/article-14063-diverse-faith-groups-talk-about-race.html Diverse faith groups talk about race
 It has long been said that 10 a.m. Sunday morning, when many worship services begin, is the most segregated hour of the week. While it is true segregation marks many a Sunday service, there is a...]]>
Give minorities a green reason to vote http://illinoistimes.com/article-14035-give-minorities-a-green-reason-to-vote.html Give minorities a green reason to vote
 This year marks the 10th anniversary of Campaign for Communities, which created a coalition of Latino, African American, low-income and environmental organizations working to educate, register a...]]>
More of the same from Congress http://illinoistimes.com/article-14004-more-of-the-same-from-congress.html More of the same from Congress
I felt a brief surge of hope about Congress a few weeks ago. It was returning from Easter recess, and Capitol Hill was filled with talk about immigration reform, a minimum-wage bill, a spending bill t...]]>
What parents need to know about schools http://illinoistimes.com/article-13955-what-parents-need-to-know-about-schools.html What parents need to know about schools
Teacher Appreciation Day, field day, spring concerts, sports competitions and awards ceremonies, plays, debates, school applications and testing, testing, testing. They are all part of that familiar e...]]>
Remembering Sen. Vince Demuzio http://illinoistimes.com/article-13938-remembering-sen-vince-demuzio.html Remembering Sen. Vince Demuzio
 Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Vince Demuzio, the longtime state senator and a powerful political voice of downstate Illinois. His legacy lives on in a multitude of ways....]]>
Immigration reform is a family value http://illinoistimes.com/article-13908-immigration-reform-is-a-family-value.html Immigration reform is a family value
 Every single day hundreds of families are needlessly torn apart through a broken and inhumane deportation system badly in need of reform. Last year alone more than 368,000 people were deported a...]]>