Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: Editorial off the mark

By Luis Cuza

The Aug. 22 editorial — "Ending the killing" — summarizes a crime spree carried out by blacks and Latinos, and insinuates that the problem and solution lie within these communities. Thus, leaving those outside those communities as observers and potential saviors.

Krista Vance/Voices: Why run when the pool awaits you?

By Krista Vance

"Mom, I want to do cross-country," Olivia announced.

"You do?" I asked, surprised.


Well, that's not going to happen, I thought. Time to lay it on thick. "You realize that practice is at 5:30 in the morning, right?"

Americans would be wise to ignore polls

By Jeffrey M. McCall

Polls in 1948 indicated Harry Truman had no chance to win the election. He ignored the ominous polls, took off on his whistle stop tour and won the election anyway. Pollsters and pundits were shocked. Americans today would be wise to follow Truman's lead and disregard the swarm of polls dominating the media landscape this year.

Sunday Extra: Prioritize student mental health

By Michael Pridemore and Kim Pridemore

This is an exciting time for college freshmen and their families. Many of these students are enrolling in colleges and universities throughout Illinois. There is great anticipation about the opportunities awaiting these young people as they embark on their college careers.

Deanna Terven/Voices: Al's presence has stolen life as we knew it

Deanna Terven was inspired to write this essay after reading Bill Lyon's series on living with Alzheimer's. Those stories ran in The News-Gazette Commentary section on June 12 and 26, and July 10, 17 and 24.

By Deanna Terven

Guest commentary: 1970 convention targeted redistricting reform

By Frank Cicero Jr.

The Independent Map constitutional amendment being contested in the Illinois Supreme Court presents the first opportunity ever for Illinois citizens to have their state legislative districts fairly apportioned without the partisan self-interests of legislators controlling the process.

Ellen Nuss/Sunday Extra: Death with dignity

By Ellen Nuss

A few months ago, a 90-year-old man from Tolono committed suicide by stepping in front of a train.


Ray Elliott/Voices: Documentary of monumental significance

By Ray Elliott

Throughout the 18 years of the Roger Ebert Film Festival, Roger and his staff have brought a number of important and significant movies and documentaries to the restored Virginia Theatre with themes exploring love, terminal illness, aging, organ donation, war and any number of other subjects of consequence.

Guest commentary: Nuke closures are not the answer

By Stanford L. Levin

Mike Pemberton/Voices: Hypersensitive to hypersensitivity

By Mike Pemberton

"I bet that an 18-year-old Marine with his face down in the sand, under fire at Iwo Jima was thinking to himself, 'Gee, I'm glad I'm not a freshman at Notre Dame.'"

— Abe Lemons, basketball coach, circa 1972, responding to Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps about pressure associated with freshman eligibility in varsity sports.