Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: While I find flag desecration reprehensible, it's not illegal

By MICHAEL WHITE

"Tweeting": It sounds juvenile and the antithesis of "presidential."

As if there weren't issues dire enough to be dealt with, in Trump's latest Twitter tantrum, he says that flag burning should have consequences, like a loss of citizenship or a year in jail.

Guest Commentary: Out-of-network ER doctors may charge big bucks

By TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Rural Health News Service

Surprise medical bills spell big trouble for consumers, especially those who find themselves in an emergency room. Such "surprises" have surfaced as a major patient problem, but because of entrenched healthcare interests, a solution is not likely any time soon.

Ray Elliott/Voices: The heroic story of Ed Ramsey

By RAY ELLIOTT

With the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor coming up on Dec. 7, marking the entry of the United States into World War II, there are a host of books and films about the war to remind us of what this country owes the 16 million who served and those who supported the war effort at home.

Guest commentary: What we're not talking about

By GAIL RANEY, MIKE TENNANT and LAURA HUTH

Walking through the mall. In the cubicles at your office. In line at the grocery. Around the table with you this past Thanksgiving.

It's hard to avoid. In fact, in some cases it's easier now to find than someone who smokes.

No, it's not discussion of our recent election. What we're talking about here is addiction.

Scott Reeder: Always something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving

SPRINGFIELD — As Thanksgiving approaches, like many folks, I find myself missing family members who have died and wondering what there is to be thankful for.

I remember munching crescent rolls with my brother, Danny, at the Thanksgiving dinner table and later arguing about politics. He died 11 years ago at age 48. But what I wouldn't give to discuss this year's election with him.

Guest commentary: Obama appeases lawbreakers on pipeline

By ROBERT L. BRADLEY JR.

Environmentalists have a new strategy in their crusade against the energy industry: breaking the law.

Jeanne Sathre/Voices: The ashes of an ex-husband

By JEANNE SATHRE

Sometimes I catch a glimpse of the plain brown paper wrapped package and, for a few seconds, get excited thinking I have a newly delivered present. The square shape holds the promise of a set of wine glasses or perhaps a handmade piece of pottery, carefully protected by pieces of popcorn packaging.

Sunday Extra: 'The 2016 Election Challenge'

By MILT KELLY

Like most Americans today, I have many friends who are celebrating the election of Donald Trump as the beginning of a new era in our nation when government will perform as they always hoped it would, bringing about a variety of changes which will positively impact their lives.

Guest Commentary: The freedom to be biased

By DAVID PORTER

I read Professor Jeffrey McCall’s Nov. 13 guest commentary titled “News media failed the public” in The News-Gazette. I respectfully disagree with his conclusions as well as many of his talking points.

Scott Reeder: Vile attack on state rep the low point of 2016 election

SPRINGFIELD — Some days I don't know why anyone would want to run for public office.

You'll be lied about. Vilified. Privacy will be a distant memory. And you'll be a target, not just by your opponent, but by just about anyone with an ax to grind.

A case in point is state Rep. Avery Bourne.