Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary | Lessons learned from blood

By ROBERT SILVERMAN

Blood business used to be conducted at the blood bank.

Now, it's Community Blood Services of Illinois, part of the Mississippi Valley Blood Center. Even though we're nowhere near Mississippi and the closest valley is, well, I couldn't tell you. Doesn't matter, because this Mississippi Valley is in Iowa.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Whatever happened in 'Rebecca'?

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Baby-sitting was a way of life for teenage girls in the 1950s. I had a regular job every Saturday night when I was 14.

One thing made my job absolutely perfect. The Burdens stayed out very late — until 2 or 3 a.m.

Mike Pemberton/Voices | Looking for a low-stress career? Be a punter

By MIKE PEMBERTON

Stanley Bing's "Executricks: Or How to Retire While Still Working" is a tongue-in-cheek guide to maximizing enjoyment while minimizing work for people navigating their way through corporate America. The gist is to enjoy the ride for as long as we can before the company lays us off or we retire.

Guest Commentary | State still needs a proper gubernatorial-incapacity law

By BRIAN J. GAINES

Newly inaugurated J.B. Pritzker is the 43rd individual to serve as governor since Illinois achieved statehood, just more than 200 years ago.

Guest Commentary | Irrational exuberance in a post-Rauner Illinois

By TED DABROWSKI

Happy days are here again. With the passing of the governorship from Bruce Rauner to J.B. Pritzker, the nightmare in Illinois is finally over. And so is the acrimony and dysfunction. Politics can now return to the era of "compromise" former Gov. Jim Edgar likes to talk about so much. Back to when Illinois government "worked."

Wishful thinking.

Guest Commentary | It looks like business as usual in Illinois

By BRAD HALBROOK

The lame-duck session of the General Assembly is never dull, and this year was no exception.

In the closing moments of the 100th General Assembly, the Legislature pushed through a measure incoming Gov. J.B. Pritzker wanted to increase the pay of his top-level department heads.

Guest Commentary | Leadership necessary to turn state around

By JASON BARICKMAN

With the start of the new year and the inauguration of the 101st General Assembly and Gov. J.B. Pritzker, it is the prime opportunity to reinvent the Illinois Republican Party and begin rehabilitating our image with voters.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Local theater: The unforgettables

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

Long ago, Aristotle described the value of drama. Humans learn and progress through imitation. Plays give the pleasure of recognition. In the case of tragedy, audiences earn an emotional cleansing through the arousal of pity and fear.

Mike Pemberton/Voices | Mind your own business

By MIKE PEMBERTON

"Mindin' other people's business seems to be high-toned
I got all that I can do just to mind my own

Why don't you mind your own business? (Mind your own business)
If you mind your own business
You'll stay busy all the time."

— Hank Williams, "Mind Your Own Business," 1949

Guest Commentary | U.S. remains greatest purveyor of violence in world

By C.G. Estabrook

While we're preoccupied with politics at home, our government is killing people around the world.

International polls show that the United States — not Russia, China, Iran or Israel — is by far the most feared government in the world.

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