Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Ending human life is never the right answer

By C.G. Estabrook

A recent book on the last presidential campaign quotes President Obama as saying, "Turns out I'm really good at killing people ... Didn't know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine." (Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, "Double Down: Game Change 2012.")

Guest commentary: Struggle is between cutting and investing

By Dan Kotowski

As much as Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to frame the budget passed by the General Assembly as a battle between the Speaker of the House and him, the budget that will soon lie on his desk is really a battle between cutting essential services and investing in the people of Illinois.

Guest commentary: A special second homecoming for veterans

By Joseph T. Houska

What a fantastic day ending in a May 12 Land of Lincoln Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., for us old military veterans. The Springfield people were super in welcoming us home with "thank you for your service" handshakes and cheers. They made it personal by calling out our names off the placards we wore around our necks.

Guest commentary: Lawmakers must challenge status quo

By Matt Murphy

May 31 is the customary end of the legislative session in Springfield. Not this year though. This year a political storm is brewing in our state capital.

Mike Pemberton: Free to roam, with or without money in your shoe

By Mike Pemberton

"You travel, slip a few bucks into your shoes," my dad told us. "Never know what might happen."

"Okay, Dad," my siblings and I would say, shaking our heads when he wasn't looking, never knowing from where this advice emanated. I never witnessed Dad stick money in his shoes, and I never have done so, but it became family lore.

Guest commentary: 911 taxes should be set locally

By Laurel Prussing

The News-Gazette's May 28 front-page headline, "Amendment would direct more money to 911 system," was misleading.

Guest commentary: A phantom email scandal

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By Nicholas C. Burbules

Rauner's workers' comp plan is bad medicine for workers

By David J. Fletcher

The News Gazette recently published an editorial in response to Gov. Bruce Rauner's plan to rein in workers' compensation costs as part of his self-touted re-engineering plan for Illinois.

Krista Vance/Voices: From bikinis to Batgirl, swimsuit season is upon us

By Krista Vance

Well, it's nearly swimsuit season, and the reason I know this is because the big-box stores have had bikinis, tankinis, one pieces, Speedos, boy shorts, and cover-ups on display for the past five months.

The process of picking out a swimsuit is not easy. There are many factors to consider: style, color, size, coverage, comfort, support, tan lines, etc.