Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: Two-year colleges play vital role

By GENE A. BUDIG and ALAN HEAPS

For all the focus on our nation's schools, community colleges get short shrift. In the debates about the role education plays in our nation's economy and democracy, we too often overlook our two-year colleges.

Guest Commentary: Investing in a brighter future

By TOM RAMAGE

Two years ago, Parkland College began adjusting its expenses to reflect the impact of the state's budget uncertainties.

Guest Commentary: Changes to senior services not helpful

By ANNA MOELLER

It's a promise that seems too good to be true. For tens of thousands of seniors in Illinois, the stakes are too high for it to be yet another government fantasy.

Sunday Extra: Oh, that doggone animal control

By EMILY KLOSE

When I saw Peter Frampton perform on April 14 at the Virginia Theatre, the saga of the Shelties made sense. As teenagers, my sister and I drooled over Frampton, a musician who skyrocketed to fame in 1976 with the release of his double album "Frampton Comes Alive." Overnight, he went from guitarist and singer to world famous rock star.

Guest Commentary: Retailers' self-inflicted wound

By PETER T. TOMARAS

Guest Commentary: Our flag deserves our 'better angels'

By JAMES F. BURNS

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive ... to bind up the nation's wounds, ... to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."

Topper Steinman/Voices: Challenge yourself to some alternative thoughts

By TOPPER STEINMAN

You know about "alternative facts." Here are some alternative thoughts.

When is the last time you:

— Listened, just listened, to someone whose ideas are different from yours?

— Talked respectfully and openly at your dining room table or in a roomful of friends about those two taboo subjects — politics and religion?

Sunday Extra: 'Free market' is not the solution

By NANCY DIETRICH

The May 21 guest commentary in The News-Gazette by J. Matthew Anderson regarding health insurance requires a response. Anderson's assertion that insurance is expensive because it includes "comprehensive" services, (i.e. preventative services) showcases a short-term memory when it comes to the affordability of health insurance in this country.