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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan

More Than the Glass Ceiling

Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

The Glass Ceiling was all about women not being able to rise to leadership ranks in the corporate world. Thirty years ago there were few, if any, African-Americans or women in top management positions or in the boardrooms. Today, that has changed for the good.

The challenge for women, over the years, has been a tough road, and I want to outline some of the United States landmarks for you in this piece.


Fast Talk?

Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

Have you ever noticed what I am writing about in this column? Today, it seems to me that people under 40 years of age tend to talk faster than older men and women. It first occurred to me while watching television. Reporting of traffic conditions, usually laid out by younger reporters, tend to talk faster than older newscasters. I have thought about this for some time and wondered why the fast talk?


Pass Free Trade With Panama

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

Free trade with Panama has languished in the Congress for over three years. President Obama has said he supports the deal cut with Panama, but has failed to put his words into action. And even with the signing of Tax Information Exchange Agreement last November by Treasury Secretary Timothy Gerthner and Panama’s vice president, Juan Carlos, there has still been no movement.

The recent approval of the Tax Information Exchange Agreement between the United States and Panama should, in my opinion, assure passage of a Free Trade Agreement between the countries. One of the main reasons the Treaty can now be approved, beyond the exchange of bank information, is the fact that Republicans control the House of Representatives and have narrowed significantly the Democrat Party control of the Senate. Republicans have pushed for approval of Free Trade with Panama since the agreement was first approved by the George W. Bush Administration in 2007.


Undocumented Aliens vs. Illegal Aliens

Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

This piece is really about the use of words to describe people who have entered the United States through a violation of one or more laws. In recent weeks, the Society of Professional Journalists has called on its members to use the phrase “undocumented workers” to describe those who come here illegally and hold jobs. If you want more information about this organization, take a look at the website


Alternatives to Repeal of Healthcare

Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00

The repeal of President Obama’s health care law by the House of Representatives went too far. There should have been a compromise reached. Let me explain.

First of all, there are, today, some 40 million Americans without health care insurance. And depending on who you listen to – because the facts are skewed by most commentators – there are probably 20 million who chose not to buy coverage even though they could afford it. Those are not the people we should focus on.


Ronald Reagan’s Centennial Celebration

Friday, 04 February 2011 00:00

Ronald William Reagan was born in an apartment on the second floor of a commercial building in Tampico, Illinois on February 6, 1911. Tampico is around 100 miles west of Chicago. At the time of the former President’s birth, his father worked at a variety store in Tampico.

One place to visit on the web is the Ronald Reagan Library where you can find a great deal of information about President Reagan’s life and legacy. Just go to the Live webcasts are also planned for February 5 and 6 at the Web site. Today, President Reagan is one of the country’s most revered leaders. Visiting the Library’s website will provide you with a great deal of well-structured information.


Which College?

Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00

Over the last few months, I have heard numerous friends and family members discuss the process to select the right college for their high school junior or senior. And the consideration of which college is serious and intense.

Does it really matter which college or law school a young student attends. To me, there is more to an education than figuring out which college to attend? Let me explain.



Friday, 21 January 2011 00:00

When you stop to think about it, dogs are an amazing animal. Some 60 percent of the households in the United States have a dog as a family pet. Some households have even more than one dog. The result is that there are some 75 million pet dogs in the United States.


Take a Close Look at the Middle East

Friday, 14 January 2011 00:00

Several weeks ago, I sent an email to a number of friends asking them to comment on six thoughts presented in the email. I have to say up front that the six issues in the email are my personal views. Here they are:


A Health Alert for Men and Women

Friday, 07 January 2011 00:00

This piece is about an experience I had on October 25, 2010. And it is something every reader should take into account. Fortunately, because of alert physicians, I am back to better than normal. Let me explain.

Each year, for the last several years, I have routinely had an Echo 6 Stress Test in Dr. Vincent Madonia’s office because of slightly elevated blood pressure. The results of my October test showed a question about one of my coronary arteries. My doctor had me take a Nuclear Stress Test to check out the abnormality. That test included a treadmill and the ingestion of a nuclear liquid.


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