Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Renewable energy not cost effective

By Stanford L. Levin

The general wisdom is that renewables — wind and solar power, for example — are the most environmentally friendly way to generate electricity. Well, maybe not, and certainly not at the lowest cost.

The college completion crisis

By Andrew Wilk

Over 17 million students are now seeking two- or four-year degrees at American colleges and universities, but many will never complete their studies.

Rehab project in store for next governor

By Mike Lawrence

Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are having a brawl — trash-talk and all. So, it's less likely with every gouge and grunt that either will focus on rescuing Illinois until after the election — if then.

Follow the money

By Nick Burbules and Joyce Tolliver

State and national union organizations (the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers, and the American Association of University Professors) have invested considerable staff time and resources into the faculty union campaign on this campus. Have you wondered why?

Two words: Big Money.

Voices: It's all about a good first impression

By Krista Vance

Homecoming is coming up and the pictures are being taken at our house. There will be over 30 people walking around, and you know one or two judgers will run their fingers across the bookcase shelves, the top of the television and any other horizontal surface they see, looking for signs of my failure as a homemaker.

Public policymaking ... Where's the evidence?

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of seven articles by faculty from the University of Illinois' Institute for Government and Public Affairs. The series will cover issues that voters might want to consider before the Nov. 4 election.

A love-hate relationship with France

By Mike Pemberton

Steven Salaita versus Phyllis Wise. Palestinians versus Israelis. Twitter versus academic writing. Debate in the Philosophy Department lounge — on anything. Will there ever be agreement or a blessed moment of silence indicating someone, anyone, is listening instead of bloviating?

No.

The debate on poverty that we should be having

By David L. Green

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of what Lyndon Johnson called the War on Poverty, there has been much reflection. The assumption behind most arguments is that various federal social programs should be judged on their success or failure to "lift the poor out of poverty," as if there have been no other macroeconomic factors involved.

Farewell, C-U ... and thanks for (most of) the memories

By David Gehrig

I first arrived in Champaign-Urbana in 1980 to begin my computer science degree, and I've lived here most of the years since. That now comes to an end. Now it's time, as the Marines in "Full Metal Jacket" sing, to say goodbye; I'm soon headed out of my beloved People's Republic of Urbansk to take a job near D.C.

Education and income inequality

By Andrew Wilk

Before I can discuss income inequality and its relationship to education, I need to do a little time traveling.

After I finished college, I moved to New York City. I was anxious to experience my "New York Dream" and dive into the cultural richness of The Big Apple.