Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary: Many similarities in poker and politics

By ROBERT SILVERMAN

Sunday Extra: Thanks, for all forms of service

By ERIK EDLEFSEN

Not long ago and not so very far away, there was a time when military personnel and veterans were held in low esteem, and the respectful sentiments we enjoy now were rarely offered. There were more than a few instances of disdain, not only by me but others while in the Navy, now 40 long years ago.

Mike Pemberton/Voices: A spring morning in Hoopeston

By MIKE PEMBERTON

This is how I remember it, anyway.

Guest Commentary: Fat pensions not the culprit

By JARED RUTECKI

Illinois' budget mess is the stepchild of Illinois' pension mess, and for that perhaps nothing incites more steam-coming-out-of-the-ears fury from critics than the volume of six figure annual retirement payouts — topped by one at $581,000 — pledged to former public workers.

Guest Commentary: Illinois cannot avoid a tax hike

By RALPH MARTIRE

Given both the size and cause of the state's fiscal shortcomings, at this point in time the greatest good policymakers can deliver for the public is to raise taxes.

Here's why.

Guest Commentary: The importance of Planned Parenthood

By CHARLES FOGELMAN

The ongoing effort by some ideologues in the U.S. to shutter Planned Parenthood is predicated on faulty logic. Many of the claims made by those most vocally opposed to the provider are simply rooted in untruths.

Guest Commentary: Modern communications law needed

By SEAN M. SMOOT

Modern technology saves lives.

The power of high-speed internet is helping law enforcement keep people safe with new tools and faster response times.

That's why a bill to update the state's communications law, House Bill 2691, is very important for public safety in Illinois.

Guest Commentary: Let insurance be insurance

By J. MATTHEW ANDERSON

Sunday Extra: Comprehending cursive is still a must

By JUDITH PECE

I read with interest Friday's (4/5/17) editorial about HB 2977, the mandate for teaching cursive writing to schoolchildren. While I'm not a big fan of unfunded mandates, please indulge me for a few minutes to explore a side of this issue that is often overlooked.

Sunday Extra: Eight months later, still waiting on state

By JOYCE NISBET

This is in response to recent articles in the News-Gazette regarding "The Illinois State Treasurer's I-Cash program wanting to return $178 million to central Illinois residents."