Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: Trump's artful tax dodging


What are we to think of a man who contributes nothing to the support of the federal government he seeks to lead — while spending hundreds of thousands a month on himself?

Who doesn't pay agreed-upon amounts to his suppliers, holding them off with litigation until they settle for less?

Guest Commentary: Pretrial reform gaining momemtum


The premise that a person is innocent until proven guilty is being inverted all across America. On any given day, nearly half a million legally innocent people are languishing in U.S jails for the simple reason that they are too poor to pay the monetary condition for their release, also known as money bail.

Guest Commentary: Apprenticeships beneficial to economy


Students of all ages across our country are back to school.

And while there are many disputes about education policy, there is no disputing its fundamental purpose — to prepare Americans for the jobs of tomorrow.

Gene Budig and Alan Heaps: Compromise is hallmark of democracy

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

The well-worn maxim known as "Miles Law" states that "where you stand depends of where you sit." Named after Rufus Miles, a federal administrator who coined the phrase in the late 1940s, it tells us that our opinions are less the result of free will and more the result of our past and present circumstances.

Voices: The rabbit and the penknife

By Michael LaDue

I once had a dingy stuffed rabbit. Though only 3, perhaps 4, I knew of stuffed bears. I had a rabbit. The yellow creature had a string on its mouth from which the felt petals of a flower had departed. I do not remember how.

Sunday Extra: Voters should deny jail expansion

By Niloofar Shambayati

Krista Vance/Voices: Confession of a talkative patient


How you know your doctor rocks.

1) From the get-go, they understand your sense of humor.

2) They appreciate the little things you do for them to make them happy and comfortable.

3) They are patient when you talk and talk and talk and talk.

4) They listen and listen and listen and listen to your endless chatter.

Guest Commentary: Comparing county-leadership proposals


There are two questions on the Nov. 8 ballot regarding leadership for the Champaign County Board. Shall the county board be led by an elected executive or by a countywide elected board chair? To understand these questions, it is helpful to understand how and why they are being presented to the voters.

Jim Nowlan: The constants of campaigning

In 64 B.C., Quintus T. Cicero gave the following advice to his more famous brother, during Cicero's successful campaign for consul of the Roman Republic that year:

Exploit the weaknesses of your opponents (he had two), flatter voters shamelessly, promise them anything, and give people hope. He undoubtedly added, though it is not recorded: Spend buckets of money, as they did back then.

Sunday Extra: It's time for Rietz to go


In 2004, I was delighted when Julia Rietz defeated John Piland in the Champaign County state's attorney race.