Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary | Kepley's column on bike rules misleading

By LEONARDO COVIS, CHARLIE SMYTH and JEFF YOCKEY
Champaign County Bikes

Champaign County Bikes read last week's "The Law Q&A" column by Brett Kepley with great interest and concern. We advocate for bikes and bike riders and are very much in favor of all road users knowing and following the rules, but we found his article misleading.

Cartoonist: 'I have failed in communicating my idea'

By ROBERT ARIAIL

I have received several very angry emails addressed to you at The News-Gazette about my cartoon, "Teen angst in the era of #MeToo."

I want to assure you the meanings being ascribed to the cartoon are not what I had intended.

Guest Commentary | Biofuels key to state's farm economy

By ARON CARLSON

Last month, President Donald Trump made a swing through the Midwest, promoting White House efforts to revitalize economic growth in the heartland. In the Land of Lincoln, his speech focused on steel, but our farmers were still watching closely when he arrived in Iowa to talk about agriculture.

Guest Commentary | No time for coup: Incivility is not inability

By BRIAN J. GAINES

Following up on an anonymous op-ed by a deeply disgruntled, allegedly senior White House official, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently proposed that President Donald Trump should be removed from office by the procedures set forth in the Constitution's 25th Amendment.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | You can meet some interesting folks on the rails

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

A singer-songwriter who traveled Amtrak was recently interviewed on NPR. He wanted to meet fellow Americans in troubadour style. He sang a sample of their stories.

Illinois Bicentennial | State's long romance with trains endures

By MARNI PIKE
(Arlington Heights) Daily Herald

Trains brought Abraham Lincoln's body home to Illinois, transported southern blacks escaping Jim Crow laws to Chicago and now carry a labor force of thousands between the suburbs and downtown Chicago daily.

Sunday Extra | Staying afloat on a sea of lies

By JOSEPH BAUERS

"I'm on your side," said the car salesman in Peoria. But of course, that was a lie. Salesmen, I guess, are trained to peddle such hokum, and I imagine some people are ripe for it, but we were not. It took us several hours to slog through the labyrinth of his salesmanship, but we prevailed and bought the car at our price.

Illinois Bicentennial | Decatur Staleys were ahead of the game

By JUSTIN CONN
Decatur Herald & Review

A.E. "Gene" Staley's successful corn manufacturing company in Decatur was already producing starch, glucose, sugar and syrup in 1919 when it added professional football to the assembly line.

Robert Hays/Voices | And so I'll cry myself to sleep

By ROBERT HAYS

She spends much of her time now talking to the pretty woman staring back at her from the bathroom mirror. Usually it is a friendly conversation, laughing and joking, enjoying one another's company. But at times the face turns ugly, turns into someone menacing and threatening, someone who makes unreasonable demands and brings on great anxiety.