IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Sat, 16 Feb 19 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Oprah Winfrey and her mom’s strong finish https://illinoistimes.com/article-20929-oprah-winfrey-and-her-mom%25E2%2580%2599s-strong-finish.html Oprah Winfrey and her mom’s strong finish
 Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation. As usual, when Oprah shares a persona...]]>
What great legislators have in common https://illinoistimes.com/article-20910-what-great-legislators-have-in-common.html What great legislators have in common
Each of the great politicians and legislators I’ve known over the course of my career in Congress was very different. They were masters of the rules, or unassailably knowledgeable about a given issu...]]>
A false crisis and a need for true border security https://illinoistimes.com/article-20885-a-false-crisis-and-a-need-for-true-border-security.html A false crisis and a need for true border security
As a child psychiatrist, I often had to advise parents how to deal with bad behavior from children. If the child acted out and demanded something in return for stopping the bad behavior, I advised tha...]]>
What climate change means for government https://illinoistimes.com/article-20831-what-climate-change-means-for-government.html What climate change means for government
 Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in California, coastal flooding in the Carol...]]>
Better than a border wall https://illinoistimes.com/article-20819-better-than-a-border-wall.html Better than a border wall
When I get in discussions about whether we need a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border stretching from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, my opposition to the Trump Wall is often misunderstood as being aga...]]>
Prosecutor fails “A little girl lost” https://illinoistimes.com/article-20788-prosecutor-fails-%25E2%2580%259Ca-little-girl-lost%25E2%2580%259D.html Prosecutor fails “A little girl lost”
 Daniel Mills, son of U.S. District Court Judge Richard Mills, lost his license to practice law in 2009, three years after he was walked out of the state’s attorney’s office where he’d work...]]>
A big disappointment in politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20714-a-big-disappointment-in-politics.html A big disappointment in politics
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Ending the Cuban blockade https://illinoistimes.com/article-20688-ending-the-cuban-blockade.html Ending the Cuban blockade
 As you sit down to a delicious meal, imagine you are an average Cuban worker, who earns $15 per month, making your monthly trip to the only “supermarket” in Havana where you are registered t...]]>
What does it mean to be patriotic? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20677-what-does-it-mean-to-be-patriotic.html What does it mean to be patriotic?
Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism....]]>
TV news is as much to blame as Trump https://illinoistimes.com/article-20649-tv-news-is-as-much-to-blame-as-trump.html TV news is as much to blame as Trump
 Much is being made of the president’s targeting of CNN’s Jim Acosta, but TV news bears as much blame as anyone for our democracy’s dystopian decline, culminating in the presidency of an ig...]]>
Why nationalism won’t work https://illinoistimes.com/article-20628-why-nationalism-won%25E2%2580%2599t-work.html Why nationalism won’t work
A U.S. foreign policy of nationalism, of America First, seems reasonable. All nations should be free to seek their national interests. Therefore, nations must be free and sovereign to make their own c...]]>
Understanding the harm in hate speech https://illinoistimes.com/article-20600-understanding-the-harm-in-hate-speech.html Understanding the harm in hate speech
 Due to the apparent disregard for civility in discourse in our country recently, as well as more mood and behavior problems in students, heightened anxiety in minority students and a trend sugge...]]>
The year of the woman in politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20585-the-year-of-the-woman-in-politics.html The year of the woman in politics
 It seems there’s a whole bunch of serious women making a serious leap this election year, giving new meaning to the phrase “a march on Washington.” Most political pundits declare this midt...]]>
What does it mean to be an American? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20535-what-does-it-mean-to-be-an-american.html What does it mean to be an American?
Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one t...]]>
How LaHood and Davis voted on issues that matter to me https://illinoistimes.com/article-20516-how-lahood-and-davis-voted-on-issues-that-matter-to-me.html How LaHood and Davis voted on issues that matter to me
I like to write about issues to inform people who can then write letters to try to influence legislator votes. However, in an election year it is important to look at how those who represent us voted...]]>
Beware of bogus bipartisanship https://illinoistimes.com/article-20493-beware-of-bogus-bipartisanship.html Beware of bogus bipartisanship
On Jan. 1, 1937, Social Security became effective, which meant workers and employers began making payments into a special U.S. Treasury account. The Republican Party, seeing an opportunity to siphon o...]]>
Environmentalism shouldn’t be a dirty word https://illinoistimes.com/article-20479-environmentalism-shouldn%25E2%2580%2599t-be-a-dirty-word.html Environmentalism shouldn’t be a dirty word
Is there a more despised word among Republicans than “environmentalist”? For many GOP voters, the term conjures up a mental image of tree-hugging socialists hell-bent on regulating our country bac...]]>
I too waited 40 years to report sexual assault https://illinoistimes.com/article-20457-i-too-waited-40-years-to-report-sexual-assault.html I too waited 40 years to report sexual assault
 “Do most women wait 40 years to claim someone tried to rape them? Or is that just liberal women?” –A meme posted on my Facebook news feed by a high school friend.When I read those words, I...]]>
What are political parties good for? Plenty, actually. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20405-what-are-political-parties-good-for-plenty-actually.html What are political parties good for? Plenty, actually.
 If you take a dim view of our political parties, you’re in sterling company. So did George Washington.In his famous Farewell Address, he warned us against “the baneful effects of the spirit...]]>
Doctor diversity saves lives https://illinoistimes.com/article-20394-doctor-diversity-saves-lives.html Doctor diversity saves lives
Diversity in the doctor’s office saves lives.That’s the finding of a recent study from Harvard. Researchers at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health examined outcomes for over 1.2 million Medicare...]]>
A better way to help the homeless https://illinoistimes.com/article-20362-a-better-way-to-help-the-homeless.html A better way to help the homeless
 Imagine there are a lot of people who have heart disease hanging out at Lincoln Library – and every day patrons have to walk by people having heart attacks and strokes, or wheezing and coughin...]]>
Blue Wave? More like blue sweat https://illinoistimes.com/article-20351-blue-wave-more-like-blue-sweat.html Blue Wave? More like blue sweat
It’s no secret to my family and friends how troubled I’ve been by the devastation wrought by the Trump administration. The NATO summit and Trump’s meeting with Putin was outrageous. And he lies...]]>
Who to believe? The gov or a jailhouse snitch? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20311-who-to-believe-the-gov-or-a-jailhouse-snitch.html Who to believe? The gov or a jailhouse snitch?
 Whose word is less reliable, a jailhouse snitch’s or Gov. Bruce Rauner’s?That’s a question I have been asking myself these past two weeks.You’ll remember that the governor ran four years...]]>
A more perfect union https://illinoistimes.com/article-20280-a-more-perfect-union.html A more perfect union
 You know these words, but how often do you stop to think about them? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,...]]>
Gun and hoses - Fire department case may be resolved, cop case drags on https://illinoistimes.com/article-20266-gun-and-hoses.html Gun and hoses - Fire department case may be resolved, cop case drags on
Let’s say you mouth off to a cop, then walk away, only to have the cop show up in your driveway, asking you what you meant. And you tell the cop, “You know.”Is that a crime? Sherman police thoug...]]>
Common-sense gun laws down under https://illinoistimes.com/article-20243-common-sense-gun-laws-down-under.html Common-sense gun laws down under
 Recently my brother, who has lived in Australia since the 1980s, came to Illinois for my son’s wedding. One of the topics for discussion was the different directions gun violence and mass shoo...]]>
Democrats, may we have your attention? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20218-democrats-may-we-have-your-attention.html Democrats, may we have your attention?
He was the “King-of-Queens” New York, a congressman both respected and feared. She was a Bernie Sanders 2016 volunteer. He ruled his fiefdom for years unchallenged as chairman of the Queens Democr...]]>
Gun violence is a public health hazard https://illinoistimes.com/article-20192-gun-violence-is-a-public-health-hazard.html Gun violence is a public health hazard
  On March 14 of this year, students across the U.S. left class for 17 minutes – one minute for every person killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre. It is a bit dishearteni...]]>
A psychiatrist on separating children https://illinoistimes.com/article-20176-a-psychiatrist-on-separating-children.html A psychiatrist on separating children
 When I was obtaining my master’s degree in public administration, perhaps the most influential topic I took was ethics in public administration. One of the focuses of that course was administr...]]>
Where have all the flowers gone? When will we ever learn? https://illinoistimes.com/article-20151-where-have-all-the-flowers-gone-when-will-we-ever-learn.html Where have all the flowers gone? When will we ever learn?
 I recently returned from Los Angeles where my grandson was born six weeks ago. I spent the first few weeks of his life there helping my daughter and caring for him. It broke my heart to leave hi...]]>