Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Nancy Olson/Voices: Many reasons I'm riding the bus

By NANCY OLSON

On Jan. 20, I will join thousands of others across America on buses, planes, trains and in cars making our way to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21. Let me say that I am not anti-Trump. I am pro-America. This is why I will be on the bus.

Sunday Extra: A tale of two marches

By SHIRLEY SPLITTSTOESSER

Guest Commentary: Health of nation's seniors at risk

By BARBARA FRANKLIN

Guest Commentary: Remembering Nat Hentoff

By PAUL GALLAGHER

We all say we support free speech, don't we? We urge people to speak or write without fear and say what's really on their minds.

Then we hear something we don't like, and we falter. Something ugly is said, and our one-man rally for the First Amendment falls silent. Free speech is one thing, but

There were no "buts" with Nat Hentoff.

Guest Commentary: Tales of trip to Cuba, time with Castro

By GENE A. BUDIG

Now that Fidel Castro has passed, I thought it appropriate to tell a bizarre story about him and a trip to Cuba.

Some years ago, 1999 to be exact, the Baltimore Orioles — with their owner Peter Angelos — ventured to Havana to challenge the Cuban national baseball team in an exhibition game.

Guest Commentary: Why a budget won't fix Illinois

By AUSTIN BERG

Did you feel it?

As 2016 expired at midnight Dec. 31, so too did Illinois' stopgap budget. That six-month spending plan pushed our state, already the least creditworthy in the nation, further into debt and decay.

Peter Buckley/Voices: Sadness ... devotion ... but most of all, love

By PETER BUCKLEY

So I was at Panera recently and was standing in line behind an older woman who was probably in her late 70s, early 80s.

She was wearing a pretty print dress that fell below her knees and a white sweater with a single button buttoned up near her neck. She had a slight case of osteoporosis and her head drooped forward.

Sunday Extra: Unfair criticism painted with a broad brush

By SCOTT DAVIS

I was taken aback by the article that appeared in The News-Gazette on Sunday, Dec. 18, written by Adam Andrzejewski. He is apparently disturbed by the number of public employees whose compensation is over $100,000.

Guest Commentary: Hope for redistricting reform

By RA JOY

Forget the holiday blues. If you live in Illinois, chances are you are suffering from an acute case of the political blues, a bug that has long afflicted our state.

Guest Commentary: Father defends slain son

By DRACY PENDLETON

I am is writing this article because my son cannot. He was killed by police last spring.

The editorial in the Nov. 30 News-Gazette about transparency in Mahomet regarding my son's violent and tragic encounter with police is one part truth, one part not all of the facts and one part baloney.