Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | The day Bob officially became Dad

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Anyone who has flown can recall unpleasant seat mates. I have a very memorable opposite.

Chicago was our conversation starter. Bob Oliver grew up and worked there. He unfolded this story.

Divorced and lonely, Bob socialized through his church. He met a lovely woman with a 6-year-old daughter.

Guest Commentary | Taxpayers need more friends

By BLAINE WILHOUR, BRAD HALBROOK, DAVID McSWEENEY, DARREN BAILEY, CHRIS MILLER, ALLEN SKILLICORN, DAN CAULKINS and JOHN CABELLO

Transportation is a vital part of the Illinois economy.

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.

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 | 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.

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."

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.

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.

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