Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: In defense of free speech

By ANDREW WILK

Guest Commentary: Taking the initiative with Project 500

By TERRY TOWNSEND

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy called on the nation to take action to eradicate the interrelated and interconnected social problems of African-American citizens in the United States. The country was in a crisis.

Guest Commentary: Reform critical for our classrooms

By DALE RIGHTER

As Illinois policymakers continue to wrestle with a number of critical issues in Springfield, there exists another, equally important matter that deals with our children and schools. For now it lurks just beneath today's headlines; but if it's not dealt with soon, it will be as detrimental to our schools as any other problem we face.

Krista Vance/Voices: Getting out of a hairy situation

By KRISTA VANCE

Road tripping with the girls: Sigh, it's a breeze.

Give them their electronics, blankets and snacks, and they'll go for hours without complaint.

Sharing hotel rooms not such a breeze.

Thomas and I bunked with Olivia, and the other two shared a room.

Sunday Extra: Nursing home's 'failure to thrive'

By GEORGE AMAYA

My mother lived her last months at the Champaign County Nursing Home. The official cause of death listed was "failure to thrive."

I thought that odd initially, but it was appropriate. After 92 years, her body had just worn out.

Guest Commentary: Support teachers across state

By JENNIFER SMITH

I will never forget the excitement I felt when I received my first teaching job in Paris, Ill. I had such exhilaration as I carried my box of beautiful decorations into my new classroom.

Guest Commentary: No easy answers on health care

By DONALD GREELEY

I am a recently retired pulmonary medicine physician who practiced in a multispecialty clinic environment. I have observed the evolution of health care delivery over my career. Right now our society needs to get serious about coming to grips with many important questions. We can no longer kick the can down the road.

Mike Pemberton/Voices: The 'Kansas Comet': More than a hero

By MIKE PEMBERTON

Dubbed the "Kansas Comet," for his blurring speed, Gale Sayers' football career blazed bright and brief. Hampered by knee injuries, Sayers played in only 68 games over a seven-year pro career. Yet his performance was so dominant he was a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer and the youngest player to ever be inducted.

Sunday Extra: Thank you, Donald Trump

By DIANE ORE

I have good news for Donald Trump. I am here to thank him, hugely, for all he has done for me since Nov. 9 when I woke up feeling like a bus had parked itself on my chest. Here goes: