Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

James F. Burns/Voices: A tribute to teachers

By JAMES F. BURNS

This is a mid-year tribute to teaching — at all levels, K to college. The transfer of knowledge requires both the presence and attentiveness of the students. Two of my college instructors excelled in ensuring these prerequisites for learning.

Joseph Bauers/Voices: Homage to a friend

By JOSEPH BAUERS

On the gravestone of my mentor Lucien Stryk, his life is summarized in two words: POET and TEACHER. I first encountered him my junior year in college. He was like no teacher I had experienced. There are professors who can teach; there are many others who could never teach. Lucien was a born teacher. Where others might profess, he would engage.

Guest Commentary: Rosenstein's tragic mistake in pursuing a story

By CHARLES 'STRETCH' LEDFORD

Jay Rosenstein is no pervert, no deviant. He's not a stalker. Anyone with an opinion worth hearing will assent to this.

Illinois Bicentennial: Newspapers' strong voice remains

By TARA McCLELLAN McANDREW
(Springfield) State Journal-Register

Like so much in Illinois, the origins of its newspapers were tied to politics and patronage.

Guest Commentary: Become an official and stay connected

By BOB GARDNER

They don't make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores, and they don't make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.

Sunday Extra: Gifford superintendent fails as leader

I am writing this letter to address the recent news regarding the superintendent of Gifford Grade School.

It has come to light that Mr. Rod Grimsley falsified reports to the state regarding active shooter drills in the Gifford Grade School, drills that did not take place. In doing so, he also included names on the reports of people who did not give consent.

Guest Commentary: Slot-machine debate is a hot-button issue

By ROBERT SILVERMAN

Champaign's recent slot-machine debate landed on 1-9-6-9. Senior year in high school, the night my father — not an angry man — came home angry. Growing up, I heard how nice Charlie, my father, was. So when he returned angry after attending a Champaign City Council meeting, I listened.

Guest Commentary: Independent, elected township is best bet

By DANIELLE CHYNOWETH

Illinois Bicentennial: A path to freedom for fugitive slaves

By JAKE GRIFFIN
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights)

Despite Illinois' status as a free state, runaway slaves and free blacks did not find the state accommodating in its earliest days.

Sunday Extra: Executive order should be rescinded

By DIANNA VISEK

On Dec. 21, the White House issued an executive order "Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption."