Recognizing threats to our democracy

With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment. These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our…

When government functions best

The missing half of Congress's job (Record Advocate)--Every now and then, I’m asked if I miss serving in Congress. My stock answer is that no, I don’t really miss it, but there are definitely times when I’d like to jump right into a policy…

Moving toward a degree of fairness

What it will take to address income inequality (Rockford Advocate)--When the history of this year’s presidential campaign is written, one of its more remarkable features will be that candidates of both parties feel it necessary to talk…

Lee Hamilton: What lies ahead

(Rockford Advocate)--Given all the words and images devoted to the midterm elections over the past few weeks, you’d think the results had told us something vital about the future of the country. In reality, they were just a curtain-raiser.…