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Wednesday, December 10,2014 Trenton Sun Page 5 - Opinion Joes Corner From book Of Modem Amedcao Nursery Rhymes... Joe Rollins 2014 Sadly, some folks have the gall, To say cops are bad, one and all, But when they're in trouble, And need help on the double, Guess who's the first ones they call! by Joe Rollins Sybil will take another round of radiation treatment, starting next week and consisting of five consecutive days of treatment. Her most recent CT scan detected an- other slightly enlarged lymph node that we were first told was the same one as had been treated once before and later advised it was different node. It was a piece of not-so-great news tucked into a report that was still posi- tive in many ways. Her cancer has still not spread to other parts of her body, and the enlargement is exceptionally small, perhaps an eighth to a quarter inch larger than normal for such lymph nodes. We went last week to see the ra- diation oncologist, where Sybil was scanned a couple of more times and marked up in preparation for the treat- ment. When we first received the results of the scan, we were presented with three possibilities: more radiation if it was safe and possible, a milder dose of che- motherapy, or a wait-and-see approach for another three months, f I'm not sure how Sybil feels about it, but I'm relieved that there won't be chemo- therapy involved in the immediate future. The radiation, while still concerning, has not been nearly as physically debilitating as chemotherapy. Others who have dealt with cancer un- derstand the merry-go- round nature of things, and at a certain point you simply learn to roll Mike with it. This is the next thing, and if frustration begins to set in, we don't need to look very far to find people who didn't even get the privilege of rid- ing the carousel. Look, our lives are not the stuff of dreams these days. We both have extraordinary re- sponsibilities and not enough time to tend to all of them. The nature of deadlines doesn't allow for a lot of rest and recreation, which adds to the stress we feel because of Sybil's health. Again, it's not hard to find blessings even in what seem like difficulties. It's just a matter of looking. Sybil feels pretty good. She's very healthy in every respect but one. She works every day Conley and participates in her life. The rhythms of our work help in that respect. The deadlines don't recognize personal difficulties; they just keep coming. Thus the mind isn't idle nor prone to overanalysis. And I treasure our trips to the doctor, and to treatment, because they pres- ent the rare opportunity for the two of us to be doing something together. That sounds weird, I know, consider- ing that we work and live together, but there's something about the short car trip to St. Louis and a day spent in an unfamiliar environment that brings us closer together. I'd like to think we could take the occasional day trip even if Sybil wasn't sick, but we wouldn't. Probably I'd feel differently if I was the one being poked and prodded on these trips, but I think Sybil appreciates our time together as well. The point of all this is to ask your patience while we get through this next phase. Doubtless the office will be inter- mittently closed, but we'll do our best to meet our commitments to you through mutual cooperation. The only thing that's become clear is the sheer unpredictability of cancer. In listening to doctors explain its contin- gencies, I am prone to think there's a lot more they don't know about it than they do. Pretty much every State- an eventual $11 an hour who could not or would not pass a bill guaranteeing house finger of blame was statewide minimum wage, risk supporting legislation women unpaid maternity pointing North toward Chi- but only if Chicago and which "cut" their constitu- leave. Rock told Madigan cago for the minimum wage other home rule munici- ents' pay. and another House Demo- hike bill's failure during palities were not allowed to Even so, Speaker Madi- crat that he'd like to get the the legislative veto session raise their own local wages gan himself shares in theissue off the table by pass- which ended last week. above that amount. Propo-blame here. Yes, he's noting it. The Senate Presi- Chicago Mayor Rahm nents say they were within all-powerful, but he prob- dent believed Madigan was Emanuel does indeed have two votes of House passage ably could've passed a min- stalling. a lot of explaining to do. before the second and final imum wage bill during the"We jousted back and His decision to move up a week of veto session whenspring session. Instead, he forth, and one of the House vote to pass a $13 an hour Emanuel quietly filed pa-didn't want to rile up busi- members said to me, 'You minimum wage for his perwork calling for a special ness groups before an elec- know, I'm getting a little city completely undercut hearing on his own mini- tion and believed he could tired of you trying to do Springfield's efforts to pass mum wage proposal before use the issue to fire up his what's right all the time. a statewide minimum wage the second week kicked off party's base and the unions We've got a great political capped everywhere at $11 in Springfield. in the November election,issue here," Rock wrote. an hour. There was just no way As Champaign News-Ga- That's Mike Madigan: Months ago, Emanuel that House Speaker Mi- zette columnist Jim Dey Use an issue for political scheduled a vote on raising chael Madigan would pub- wrote not long ago, for- advantage rather than pass Chicago's minimum wage licly rebuke his city's mayor mer Senate President Philit into law.. And he'll likely for the week after the Gen- by reversing that ordinance Rock's autobiography con-use the minimum wage is- eral Assembly's annual fall via state law. It's just not in tains a story which explains sue again next year, per- veto session. After the elec- his nature to go up against Madigan to a "T." haps by passing a bill that tion, though, retailers, res- a mayor like that. Besides, Rock wrote in his book he knows will be vetoed by taurant owners and other Madigan lost of ton of votes "Nobody Calls Just to Saya Gov. Rauner. He can also business groups agreed to from Chicago legislators Hello." that he wanted touse the issue to keep orga- / nized labor focused on that topic and away from other stuff that Madigan might oppose (like an electronic trading transaction tax, for instance). Business groups will also be frozen in place in opposition to a minimum wage threat. But the blame doesn't end 2014 ,~l |. I I II ~')C*;O14' Member of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors PH ONE (618)224-9422 FAX (618) 224-2646 email: mike#trentonsun.net Michael L. Conley, Editor 8 Publisher THE TRENTON SUN iS published weekly by Michael L. and L. Sybil Conley 19 West Broadway, Trenton, IL 62293 Subscriptions paid in advance: $21 per year, $35 per year outside Clinton County $40 per year outside the U.S. Newsstand copies 50 ESTABLISHED IN 1880 ENTERED AT THE TRENTON, IL POST OFFICE AS A PERIODICAL (USPS 638-200) Postmaster: Send address changes to The Trenton Sun, P.O. Box 118, Trenton, IZ 62293 RICH MILLER there, of course. As I told you months ago, Gov. Pat Quinn and US Sen. Dick Durbin didn't want Chicago to pass a $13 an hour mini- mum wage ordinance be- fore the election, believing it would undermine their attempt to gin up the city's vote for the statewide $10 an hour minimum wage referendum. Politically, this made some sense at the time. Why would any Chicagoan bother to vote for a $10 an hour minimum wage when it had already been raised to $13? In reality, though, the minimum wage referendum didn't work as planned. And instead of a statewide at- tempt to partially catch up with Chicago's minimum wage during veto session, the whole effort fizzled. The governor announced plans to make the mini- mum wage hike his final legacy, but he didn't both- er to make sure his ducks were in a row before saying so. And that is Pat Qninn in a nutshell. He's good at press conferences, not so spectacular at governing. And, of course, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner's demand that the General Assem- bly not pass a minimum wage bill in the veto ses- sion can also be blamed for the measure's failure this week. He'll have to wear that jacket unless and until he can come up with a plan to actually put something in place. This was, in the end, a failure of policy, of poli- tics and of governance all around. Low-wage workers deserved better. Rich Miller also publishes Capito! Fax, a daily politi- cal newsletter, and Capitol- Fax.com. DECEMBER 2014 Angels We Have Heard on High - The Piano Guys Crooning Christmas with Bing, Frank, & Dean Christmas Carols from the Salvation Army 26 Popular Traditional Carols with Festive Art by Thomas Kinkade Colossians 3:16-17