Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: It's time to face reality


We are approaching the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, that point in time when America emerged intact from the ruins of a ravaged world as the most powerful nation in the history of our planet. We had an industrial base in place that had served as the arsenal of democracy — and which now stood ready to bombard both friend and foe with consumer goods.

Guest commentary: Literal Bible or a guide for our spirit?

By P. Gregory Springer

Some people actually believe the Bible can be read literally — every word, translation and transcription true. Some of my dearest friends and relatives believe in talking snakes and Noah's ark. Others are more critical, choosing which parts certainly must be metaphorical and which parts benefit the soul with parable and wisdom.

Guest commentary: The rage of 'white suburban moms'

By Andrew Wilk

What county needs to do to improve criminal justice

By Lynn Branham

The Champaign County Jail reminds me of potholes. A citizen reports a cavernous pothole in a street. The pothole is filled in, only to reappear a few months or a year later. The "quick fix" is quick, but not a fix.

New manufacturing center has UI Labs' big shoulders

By Pat Quinn

What will the Midwest economy look like in a few years and what will Illinois' place in it be?

Will the region, ridiculed decades ago as the Rust Belt, continue its renaissance as a center for innovation and risk-taking, leading the nation into a new age of American manufacturing in the 21stcentury? Or will others claim that mantle?

Shared governance a great system

By Michael Grossman

Fixing Illinois: Making tough, but informed, fiscal decisions

By David Merriman

Illinois' economy has been slow to recover from the Great Recession of 2008. Like in other states, Illinois saw huge drops in housing values and sweeping job losses. But unlike many other states, the Great Recession exposed long festering fiscal imbalances in Illinois.

Dissecting the political campaign for governor

Several readers have asked me to comment on the increasingly nasty campaign for the Republican nomination for governor.

Three simple solutions to the 'professor problem' at UIUC

By Denise Cummins

American universities are undergoing an unprecedented upheaval, and as the Feb. 18 News-Gazette article on the role of nontenure faculty shows, the University of Illinois is no exception.

Leaders need economic vision

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

Happy birthday, George, and happy birthday, Abe. While we're at it, happy birthday to the two other presidents born in February, William Henry Harrison and Ronald Reagan.