Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | 'A-Team' in action at the food pantry

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

I volunteered at the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry when I was still teaching high school. I stopped by every Thursday afternoon from 4-5:30 on my way home.

Illinois Bicentennial | Lincoln the unique communicator

By STEVE TARTER
Peoria Journal Star

FDR used the radio, JFK scored on TV and Donald Trump expouses on Twitter. But the first president to make effective use of electronic communications was Abraham Lincoln.

His use of the telegraph, a tool used extensively during the Civil War, was one of the things that made Lincoln a unique communicator in tumultuous times.

Guest commentary | Tariffs bad for Illinois

By STANFORD L. LEVIN

The trade war is escalating with more and more threats and harmful actions.

Ray Elliott/Voices | Summertime livin' and eatin' at its best

By RAY ELLIOTT

"It's summertime and the livin's easy" is a line from one of my favorite songs. And summertime is probably my favorite season. There isn't much I don't like about it. The reason that comes to mind right now is fresh vegetables.

Illinois Bicentennial | A storied rivalry

By DAVID PORTER
The Arcola Record-Herald
and the Tuscola Review

At the end of the 2016-17 school year, there were only four schools in Illinois that had won more than 700 football games in their teams' history. And two of them are small-school rivals just 8 miles apart.

Guest Commentary | State's solar potential just starting to show

By LESLEY McCAIN

Solar energy is a bright spot in Illinois' economy, rapidly creating jobs across the state. And we're just getting started.

Neal Connors/Voices | Remembering Sgt. Wayne Dawson

By NEAL CONNORS

The first time I saw Sgt. Wayne Dawson's white military headstone in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Champaign was in the fall of 1985.

Illinois Bicentennial | Cahokia Mounds a worldwide draw

By MIKE KOZIATEK
Belleville News-Democrat

A gaggle of rambunctious fifth-graders scrambled to the top of the 100-foot-high Monks Mound to get a great view of the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis and burn off energy at the end of their class field trip to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

Rosemary Laughlin/Voices | Fundraisers not all they're cracked up to be

By ROSEMARY LAUGHLIN

My young neighbor came by selling candy — $8 for 6 ounces — to raise money for her gymnastics team. Highway robbery, with little of that actually going to the kids.

I have adopted an alternative. I give $5 to the child seller and tell her to donate that entirely to the fund, not to the hired organizer.

Illinois Bicentennial | Rock Island area site of Revolutionary War, War of 1812 battles

By ROGER RUTHHART
The Dispatch-The Rock Island Argus

The Quad Cities region has provided a footnote to history for virtually every war fought on American soil, including the Battle of Campbell's Island — the western-most battle of the War of 1812.