Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Ellen Nuss/Sunday Extra: Death with dignity

By Ellen Nuss

A few months ago, a 90-year-old man from Tolono committed suicide by stepping in front of a train.


Sunday Extra: Make Alma Mater part of UI halftime

By Elizabeth Austin

On a fall day last year, my husband and I — both proud University of Illinois alums — went to Champaign to see our first football game in many years. It was a great day, and we were having a wonderful time.

Guest commentary: Americans should call on Trump to apologize

By Pat Quinn

When brave young Americans give their lives in the line of duty, we should honor their sacrifice by showing their families our wholehearted respect and admiration.

Mike Pemberton/Voices: Hypersensitive to hypersensitivity

By Mike Pemberton

"I bet that an 18-year-old Marine with his face down in the sand, under fire at Iwo Jima was thinking to himself, 'Gee, I'm glad I'm not a freshman at Notre Dame.'"

— Abe Lemons, basketball coach, circa 1972, responding to Notre Dame coach Digger Phelps about pressure associated with freshman eligibility in varsity sports.

Guest commentary: NATO's mission remains steadfast

By John Shimkus

Many Americans served in Europe during the Cold War. I was one of them, serving on the border of the former Czechoslovakia from 1981 through 1984. I served in the 1st Battalion, 54th Infantry, a part of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division. Our battle plan called us to defend the German town of Marktredwitz.

Donna Reed/Voices: Less is more ... most of the time

Sometimes, less is more. In various life roles, I have found this statement to be so true. As a teacher, storyteller, writer, a wife and mother, often times, less is more.

Uncertainty surrounds higher education

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

In a matter of weeks, yes weeks, our colleges and universities will be in full swing for the 2016-17 school year.

And what can we expect? A survey of 12 college presidents and a review of the literature give us pretty clear insights. If pushed to define the upcoming academic year in a single word, the word would be "uncertainty."

Sara Yant/Voices: Finding cracks of light in the darkness

It's surprising when something sweet rises from unexpected loss. We naturally search for meaning, to find even the tiniest cracks of light shining through to the darkest places. In this, we emerge finding something deeply beautiful.

Sunday Extra: Ignorance does not protect us

By Andrew Wilk

Dannel McCollum/Voices: Coffee grounds and wood ash

By Dannel McCollum

My wife and I have made the Starbucks on North Prospect Avenue our early morning abode since it opened in 2006. Right away, I learned that it was the policy of Starbucks to make spent coffee grounds available to customers for their flower and vegetable gardens.