Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

J. Fred Giertz: Incompetence ... or shrewd design?

Editor's note: This article was originally published in Central Illinois Business Magazine


Guest commentary: Taking care of our elderly may not be a top priority

By Trudy Lieberman 

During a recent visit to Copenhagen, I squeezed in a visit with city officials to learn more about the Danish health system, particularly the country's arrangements for long-term care, a topic that draws endless complaints from American families.

Mike Pemberton/Voices: Minivan holds many memories

By Mike Pemberton

"Dad, I'm moving to a new apartment the Monday after graduation. Can the Windstar hold my stuff," my daughter, Anissa, soon to turn 22 years old, said the other day.

"Well, probably, but not sure about driving it to Rock Island," I said. "Best borrow Bill's pickup."

"Oh," she said. "Is the Windstar okay?"

"Just old, honey."

Donna Reed/Voices: Tips for a successful high school reunion

We all have opportunities to return to our younger years when we travel back to our high school reunions. A "milestone" high school reunion is a few weeks away for me, and it's time to gear up for that memorable weekend. Perhaps I should contact friends with some thoughts I've had before the big event. With that in mind, here then are a few tips for a successful high school reunion:

Dean Dempsey: Toxic wasteland

By Dean Dempsey

The San Juan River stretches nearly 400 miles and feeds the Little Colorado River.

It also borders the north side of the Navajo Reservation — the largest Native American reservation in the U.S. that spans across Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and a small portion of Utah.

The land mass is larger than the state of Virginia.

Martel Miller: Black athletes should send strong message to UI

BY Martel Miller

Black athletes should no longer play for schools that practice racial discrimination.

Now is the time to send a strong message to the new president and next chancellor of the University of Illinois that, whether the UI intends to discriminate or not, the university's employment and enrollment numbers of African-Americans are unacceptable.

Michael T. Marron: It's time for change in Vermilion County

By Michael T. Marron

The mid-August rain kept me confined to the house on a recent Sunday, so I spent the early afternoon watching a show I'd TiVo'd. The program had aired on the American Heroes Channel and was titled "One Giant Leap."

Scott Kesler: Much work put in by our local farmers

By Scott Kesler