Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Debra Karplus/Voices | Learning to co-exist with critters of all kinds

By DEBRA KARPLUS

No matter where you live, you're bound to encounter unwanted, sometimes pesky animals, large or small.

For example, the summer I spent in Upper Peninsula Michigan in a beautiful cabin on Lake Superior. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, I was warned about dangerous black flies and aggressive bears.

Guest Commentary | All gave some; some gave all

By JAMES F. BURNS

A bullet pinged past the soldier's ear as he crouched behind bushes near the frontlines. A soldier near him suddenly lurched forward, letting out a horrible scream as he crumpled to the ground and died. All gave some; some gave all.

Roxanne Frey/Voices | A salute to the brave men of the Lucky Herndon

June 6, 2019, is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. This is the time of year that I miss my father, James Robert Whitson (1921-2015).

Guest Commentary | Give loved ones the gift of clarity, closure

By KIM CALLINAN

My dad is a planner. He planned for his marriage, my brother's and my college education, his retirement at age 55 and just about everything in between and after he retired.

Mike Pemberton/Voices | Hip to the golf gods

By MIKE PEMBERTON

I was 50 when the fresh-faced doctor gave me the news.

"You have hip impingement, I'm afraid," he said, as if he were comforting his elderly father. He cleared his throat. "Physical therapy will help. You can still run. Hike. Lift weights. Do yardwork. Stay active as possible. But, eventually, you'll need surgery. Oh, and no golf."

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Present at the beginning: Meeting JFK

History of the month calendars will note President John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, 1917.

In January 1960, I was too young to vote. The qualification change from 21 to 18 came in 1971.

However, I was from a politically aware family, and one thing was clear: We wanted Sen. John F. Kennedy from Massachusetts to be the Democratic candidate in the fall.

Guest Commentary | Vaccines protect you, your family and your community

By DOUGLAS O'BRIEN

Pockets of our country are experiencing a significant uptick in the number of measles cases.

Measles is not a harmless childhood illness. It is actually a highly contagious, dangerous disease that can even be deadly.

But measles is also easily preventable with a vaccine.

Guest Commentary | Carbon tax could be effective way to limit emissions

By DICK DURBIN

Deep underground a few miles north of Mattoon, you can find one of the possible solutions to our climate crisis.

Guest Commentary | The value of arts and culture

By 40 NORTH | 88 WEST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

What value can you assign to the vibrancy of a community? How do you quantify the positive impact that accessible arts and culture creates in the vitality of our daily lives?

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