Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | On Veterans Day, we remember Jake

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

My neighbor Jake passed away several years ago, but his story is vividly with me.

I wrote it down right after he told it — in his typical idiom.

I had wished him happy Veterans Day, assuming he had been in World War II.

Jake laughed. "You bet! Adolf Hitler got me my ticket to Europe. I was 18 in 1944. I call it the big joke."

Illinois Bicentennial | Shaping a presidency

By CHRIS KAERGARD
Peoria Journal Star

A decade ago, he claimed victory in the presidential campaign from Grant Park in Chicago.

He announced his run — and later his running mate — on ground trod by Abraham Lincoln at the Old State Capitol.

And, yes, he also quoted Ronald Reagan on occasion.

Guest Commentary | Candidate rhetoric and pre-existing conditions

By THOMAS O'ROURKE

With the November midterm elections approaching, it's difficult to avoid the seemingly endless stream of campaign ads, with health care often a top focus.

Guest Commentary | How Wirepoints helped save Illinois big money

By MARK GLENNON

"Hey, Lama, how about a little something, you know, for the effort." — Carl (Bill Murray) in "Caddyshack" when the Dalai Lama failed to tip him.

From all available evidence, we think we played an essential role saving Illinois taxpayers a ton of money through the Investing in State Receivables Program now being implemented.

Kirsta Vance/Voices | Sneaky-snake scenario flames out

By KRISTA VANCE

Who knew Thomas was the devil dressed in accounting clothing?

On our most recent yard-waste pickup day, I noticed our bags had blown into the street.

I dragged them back to the curb, cursing Thomas for his inability to arrange the bags in such a fashion as to not be susceptible to the wind.

Illinois Bicentennial | Paying the ultimate sacrifice

By TONY REID
(Decatur) Herald & Review

Artie Bennett, a Marine from Clinton, was cut down by a hail of bullets 100 years ago in a far-flung foreign field, giving his life for his country in America's first global war.

Illinois Bicentennial | The gangsters of Prohibtion-era Chicago

By BARBARA VITELLO
(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

When it came to organized crime in Illinois, Chicago-based Prohibition-era gangsters loomed large during the 1920s and 1930s.

Al Capone, Frank Nitti, Lester "Baby Face Nelson" Gillis, Jack "Machine Gun" McGurn and George "Bugs" Moran earned international infamy that persisted for decades after their deaths.

John Palen/Voices | How we talk about technology

By JOHN PALEN

Recently, it was canning time at our house — a skill that goes back generations in both our families.

I was driving home from Curtis Orchard with a bushel of apples for sauce when I learned something new on the radio: I would be at a disadvantage if I looked for work these days, because, being older than 55, I "grew up without technology."

Guest Commentary | Newspaper shines light on NAACP stars

By MINNIE PEARSON

The NAACP Champaign County branch would like to extend a hand of thanks to The News-Gazette.

The NAACP Champaign County branch held its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Oct. 19. The banquet was held at the Champaign Hawthorne Suites from 6 to 8:45 p.m. The theme for this event was "We the People are the Voice of Change."

Mike Pemberton/Voices | We are possessed by stuff

By MIKE PEMBERTON

"Two sheds, a house and a garage filled with stuff," my friend said, staring glumly at the floor, then out a window. "The estate sale took all day. He willed all proceeds to the church, but by the end, I was ready to give the leftovers away or haul them to the dump and write a check."

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