Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Candidates need to address pensions

By Christopher Z. Mooney

You may not have noticed, but on July 3, the Illinois State Supreme Court dealt a body blow to the state's body politic.

Group restoring flag from Civil War

By Tom Emery

CARLINVILLE — For the second time, members of a central Illinois Civil War group have successfully spearheaded an effort to restore a Civil War flag.

A conversation and an option not yet explored

By Mike Pemberton

Transfer payment economy is trouble

By Andrew Wilk

Just as filling potholes can only temporarily hide the fact that a road is crumbling, so does our refusal to recognize that government's unprecedented experiment with Keynesian stimulus — known to the uninitiated masses as borrowing and spending on a breathtaking scale — has likely just about run its course.

Congress can help ease family burdens

By Ann Callis

Being a mother is one of the biggest motivating factors for me to stand up and run for Congress. I proudly watched my son become an Army Ranger, and my daughter become a middle school teacher, and was inspired by both. I think all parents reading this will understand what I mean when I say I am in awe of who my children have become.

Sunrise Coal faces more hurdles to open mine

By Tyler Rotche

Stakeholders in Champaign and Vermilion County have worked to inform their neighbors about the impacts of Sunrise Coal's proposed Bulldog coal mine. Now they are reaching out to update a more distant group: Sunrise Coal's investors.

What happens when two roads diverge

By Joseph Bauers

The school parking lot was filled with cars that no teenager ought to drive, at least from my father's point of view.

The summer before my senior year, I had purchased, on his advice, a 1949 Chevrolet, my first car.

When a floor becomes a ceiling

By Nick Burbules and Joyce Tolliver

Faculty union advocates on this campus want to represent themselves as the tireless advocates for faculty salary improvement.

But let's look at the facts.

MTD approaches annexation with community in mind

BY Don Uchtmann and Linda Bauer

Proposed annexations involve property taxes, which are always controversial. Annexation hearings recently conducted by the MTD Board of Trustees, and a recent News-Gazette editorial, remind us of this general truth.

Liberal intolerance on campus

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

Based on conversations with 12 university and college presidents, a continuation of liberal intolerance on campus appears likely in the 2014-2015 school year.

Such unfortunate acts were carried out last spring at Brandeis, Haverford, Rutgers and Smith.