By Ray Nasser
As a 19-year-old when Truman announced we would enter a conflict in Korea, I had great misgivings about his decision. I strongly agreed then, as I do now, with Washington's farewell address when he warned against entangling alliances. Though we had no alliance with South Korea, our entry into the war amounted to the same. I now think Truman made the right judgment call.
By Jim Nowlan
Most of us have fond recollections of a favorite teacher(s) who sparked our interest in learning. Since the last half of the 19th century, public school teachers have been the bedrock of American society.
By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps
School is out. No one wants to think about serious issues including the quality of American education. After all, it's summer.It's a time of carefree optimism and joy. As the American poet William Carlos Williams said, "In summer, the song sings itself."
By Robert Rich
The Illinois General Assembly can not seem to agree on a proposal to address the "pension crisis" facing this state: neither the unfunded pension liability nor the rising normal costs. As the conference committee continues to grapple with potential solutions, it is important to highlight the economic and policy context in which these deliberations are taking place:
By Chad Hays
At times in the dizzying 24-hour news cycle world we accept silliness and theatrics without contemplating the long-term impact on our form of government.
By Belden Fields
The News-Gazette's editorial of June 16 on the acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing Trayvon Martin attempts to achieve a balance of culpability between the two individuals that I believe is unwarranted.
By Dan Mullis
These and many other thoughts went through my mind on this past Father's Day.
By Jim Nowlan
The immigration bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate is receiving a hostile reception in the House from tea party-oriented GOP members who dominate that party's caucus. The result is likely to be little or no action on the issue this year.
By Bill Anaya
Last month, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (P.A. 098-0022). Others may continue to seek a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Illinois, but with the governor's signature, a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Illinois is merely a protest.
By Jeffrey Brown and Avijit Ghosh