Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Ag education is important for today's youths

By Brian McCoy

I have been reflecting on 2015 and the impact agriculture has in Champaign County. What could be done in 2016 to teach people about agriculture? Are we making an impact with youths?

Guest commentary: Population fetishism vs. policy analysis

By David Green

There are fetishists afoot on The News-Gazette editorial pages. I refer to population fetishists — specifically those alarmed by the statistically insignificant loss of population in Illinois.

Light within must overcome darkness

By Rabbi Dovid and Goldie Tiechtel 

This is one of the more difficult messages we have had to write.

On Sunday morning, the menorah located outside the Chabad center was vandalized by college students at the University of Illinois. A 9-foot symbol of light and beacon of pride has been felled.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Lawsuit conveys contempt

First he killed him. Now he's suing him.

I have no idea whether Robert Rialmo, the Chicago police officer who shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier to death the day after Christmas, was justified in doing so. Certainly, the sequence of events Rialmo describes seems to suggest he was within bounds when he opened fire.

Dee Brown: Time for fans to rally around Illini

By Dee Brown

I'm no stranger to tough times. Growing up on the West Side of Chicago, I had to learn early to stay positive and use the challenges I faced every day as motivation to succeed.

Guest Commentary: TV's bank account is winner in 'debates'

By Jeffrey M. McCall

Guest Commentary: Dred Scott case inflamed slavery debate

By Tom Emery

The controversial Dred Scott case of 1857 is considered a hallmark in the question of slavery in the United States. Few realize that Scott once lived in Illinois.

Guest Commentary: State's auditor general must go

By Adam Andrzejewski

After Illinois Auditor General William Holland retired last fall, three years into his third 10-year term, the General Assembly appointed state Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, as his replacement.