Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Proud to be an SEIU member

By Chris Ivy

Hispanic vote will play key role in elections

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

The 2016 elections have moved into high gear. Candidates at all levels, along with their political parties, are jockeying for position.

This unfolding story has many subplots. One of the most intriguing is the heated competition for the Hispanic vote.

Guest commentary: Why I stopped paying the SEIU

By Laura Baston

In 1989, I worked as an accountant for the Marathon Pipeline company in Martinsville. I had two small children, and like many mothers, I was torn between my career and wanting to spend time with my family.

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.

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: 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: 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: 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