Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Donna Giertz: Dodds site presents problems for Parkland

By Donna Giertz

The impact on Parkland College of siting a new Central High School at Dodds Park would be quite different from the expedient arguments put forward by the proponents.

High deer numbers present many problems

By Max Kummerow

Aldo Leopold began his career in the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico, wiping out wolves and grizzly bears, thinking fewer predators would mean more deer for hunters.

Instead, deer multiplied, ate up their forage, permanently impoverishing quality of the range and then starved to death.

Krista Vance: Well-dressed guy gets the last laugh

Meeting me for the first time can be a unique experience.

Probably the best way to do it is through an introduction by a mutual friend. "I want you to meet Krista. You're going to be fine, but if she's a bit much, our safe word will be 'Pepsi.' She'll walk away."

Uptick in charitable giving is a good sign

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

We continue to receive good news about the economy. But one part of the story has not received the attention it deserves. That part is charitable giving.

Farming isn't just a job ... it's a way of life

By Eric Suits

As morning breaks, I look over farmland that has been passed down through the generations.

If you were to sit in my chair, you would see the vast expanse of the flat Illinois prairie, my neighbor's house roughly 1 mile away and the beautiful sun filling my house with light.

Carol Mizrahi:They're driving me crazy

By Carol Mizrahi

I was driving across town at the prescribed speed of 35 mph when a car suddenly shot in front of me from a side street, forcing me to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him.

You'd think that someone in such a hurry would continue up the road at 40 to 50 mph, but not this driver. Once ahead of me he quickly reduced his speed to 23 mph.

Voices: Ditch the dining room, but keep the table

By Donna Reed

Recently I heard a news story on "The Death of the Dining Room." Instead of separate dining rooms, people nowadays enjoy "the open concept" in their homes.

Voices: Taking joy as we find it

Editor's note: This appeared in print on April 3, 2011.

By Mona Stevens

Voices: For now, I'll choose joy over grief

Editor's note: Mona Stevens has written about her father and family previously. Those columns are published online today for the first time, here and here.

Voices: A wonderful world

Editor's note: This appeared in print on June 6, 2006.

By Mona Stevens