IllinoisTimes - Guest Opinion https://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-33-1-guest-opinion.html Sun, 23 Sep 18 00:00:00 -0400 en hourly 1 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...]]>
Korea: Not so fast! https://illinoistimes.com/article-20117-korea-not-so-fast_.html Korea: Not so fast!
 It’s easy to agree that beauty is desirable, though what each person considers to be beautiful can be very different. Kim Jong Un and President Trump have signed an agreement in Singapore decl...]]>
We need more politics https://illinoistimes.com/article-20097-we-need-more-politics.html We need more politics
Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. There’s the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declinin...]]>
Should township merge with the city? - Township board asks the wrong question. https://illinoistimes.com/article-20064-should-township-merge-with-the-city.html Should township merge with the city? - Township board asks the wrong question.
 Advisory referendums are good for our democracy, but only if the right question is asked. For years people have talked about the inefficiency and absurdity of two different governments serving t...]]>
Media burdens run two ways https://illinoistimes.com/article-20048-media-burdens-run-two-ways.html Media burdens run two ways
I was chatting with a group of students the other day when one of them looked me in the eye and commented, “You’re very tough on journalists.” I had to plead guilty.Of course I’m tough on jour...]]>
Supreme Court victimizes kids via sports gambling https://illinoistimes.com/article-20013-supreme-court-victimizes-kids-via-sports-gambling.html Supreme Court victimizes kids via sports gambling
  On May 14 the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Murphy v. NCAA, a case brought by the State of New Jersey to overturn the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) --...]]>
All rise! Drug court offers help and hope https://illinoistimes.com/article-19985-all-rise_-drug-court-offers-help-and-hope.html All rise! Drug court offers help and hope
 A courtroom is not a place where you would expect to find scenes of celebration and tears of joy. Unless, of course, it is drug court.This month, over 3,000 drug courts and other treatment court...]]>
A fate worse than death - There are better alternatives to living with advanced dementia https://illinoistimes.com/article-19962-a-fate-worse-than-death.html A fate worse than death - There are better alternatives to living with advanced dementia
 My grandmother, whom we called “Nana,” always loved children. Many times, she asked me to give her great-grandchildren.In 2000, the moment finally arrived. But it didn’t seem to matter. Ea...]]>
Janus case could backfire, helping unions https://illinoistimes.com/article-19952-janus-case-could-backfire-helping-unions.html Janus case could backfire, helping unions
Prof. Bruno spoke recently with University of Illinois News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about a potentially crippling case for labor unions at the Supreme Court.Most Supreme Court watc...]]>
A whale of a good idea - Ending credit card signatures https://illinoistimes.com/article-19925-a-whale-of-a-good-idea.html A whale of a good idea - Ending credit card signatures
 So long, Shamu.For more than a decade I’ve been signing the name of the world’s most famous killer whale on credit card receipts and signature pads. When I’m not in a hurry, I add a crude...]]>
Seeking justice for an innocent man, posthumously https://illinoistimes.com/article-19912-seeking-justice-for-an-innocent-man-posthumously.html Seeking justice for an innocent man, posthumously
On Saturday, April 28, the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) will honor retired Lt. Paul Echols from the Carbondale Police Department for his persistent quest for a posthumous exoneration of Grover Tho...]]>
Why are Democrats losing ground? - A history lesson https://illinoistimes.com/article-19868-why-are-democrats-losing-ground.html Why are Democrats losing ground? - A history lesson
 A few nights ago in Springfield, after enjoying dinner at our favorite Old Capitol Plaza restaurant, I came across an illuminating discovery – an old friend. Next door to our restaurant is a b...]]>
Marching with the kids for gun law reform https://illinoistimes.com/article-19858-marching-with-the-kids-for-gun-law-reform.html Marching with the kids for gun law reform
Seeing groups of high school students at Midway Airport on March 23 gave me a feeling that the March for Our Lives event the next day in Washington, D.C., would be big. Indeed, as I took the Metro tra...]]>
Beware a U.S. Constitutional Convention https://illinoistimes.com/article-19835-beware-a-us-constitutional-convention.html Beware a U.S. Constitutional Convention
 The U.S. Constitution is the document that ultimately impacts every facet of our lives – our sense of freedom, our belief in equal justice for all and our ability to pursue our dreams. It is a...]]>
Where to start? Fix the budget process https://illinoistimes.com/article-19810-where-to-start-fix-the-budget-process.html Where to start? Fix the budget process
You could choose any number of marquee dilemmas to illustrate how broken congressional politics has become. Guns, Russian interference, climate change – Americans want progress on all of them and ge...]]>
Training cops to help stop wrongful convictions https://illinoistimes.com/article-19772-training-cops-to-help-stop-wrongful-convictions.html Training cops to help stop wrongful convictions
For the past two years the Illinois Innocence Project (IIP) at University of Illinois Springfield has been involved in an initiative with the Police Training Institute (PTI) to introduce and train new...]]>
Europe’s disappearing center https://illinoistimes.com/article-19760-europe%25E2%2580%2599s-disappearing-center.html Europe’s disappearing center
Last Sunday, March 4, Italian voters crushed the ruling Democratic Party. Fifty-five percent of the electorate voted for the two anti-European Union and anti-establishment parties, one on the right an...]]>
Why arming teachers is a bad idea https://illinoistimes.com/article-19736-why-arming-teachers-is-a-bad-idea.html Why arming teachers is a bad idea
 Some are calling for teachers to be armed. This idea has many flaws and shows a lack of understanding about a teacher’s real role. There are better solutions.I studied to be an Engli...]]>