Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Krista Vance/Voices: Kayaks and camo ... a father-daughter adventure

By Krista Vance 

I'm proud to say I come by my crazy naturally. My dad's from Louisiana, and everyone knows Southerners are slammed nuts.

Bless their hearts.

During my parents' last visit, my mom dropped my dad and me off at the local outdoorsy store.

Whom will candidates choose as running mates?

By Cal Campbell 

Now that each major political party has selected its candidates for the national election to be held in November, wouldn't you like to know how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will select their running mate?

Cable news channels are big winners of primary season

By Jeffrey M. McCall

The presidential primary election season has mercifully ended, and the clear winners are the cable news channels. Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN all saw substantial ratings growth during the primary campaign.

Co-ops remain sturdy businesses

By Keith Taylor

You can argue that the economy has largely bounced back from the state it was in seven years ago, but it's no secret that traditional community economic development models have stalled and often fail.

But one approach to community economic development is rapidly gaining attention: cooperative business development.

Ray Elliott/Voices: 'In this tunnel lingers memory of Marines ...'

By Ray Elliott 

Though Memorial Day is over, the speeches fading, the ceremonies concluded and the living still living free, the purpose of the day lingers in my mind. Like a lot of us, I didn't always contemplate the sacrifices so many have made for our freedom. It was something I took for granted.

The American flag, a living spirit

By James F. Burns

I've been to the moon. I've been burned. But more often I'm honored.

I'm your American flag.

Guest Commentary: Funding vital to prison system

By John Baldwin 

Despite the lack of a balanced state budget, the Illinois Department of Corrections has done its best to weather the storm, but we are now on the precipice of real issues that could lead to lasting consequences.

Follow the rules at the zoo

I watched a news video of the tragic events at the Cincinatti Zoo last weekend. "What do you say to your grandchildren?" was the closing comment.

I have been to this zoo — a wonderful collaboration of a botanical garden and zoological garden.

I have also been to the gorilla exhibit — large, deep and set apart from the crowd.

Television industry deceives nation's viewers


A baseball pitcher doesn't get to call his own balls and strikes. A convicted felon doesn't set his own prison sentence. That's because those parties have a self-interest in the judgment.