Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

James Burns/Voices Remembering a day of infamy ... Dec. 7, 1941

By James F. Burns

I miss a man I never met. Howard Keniston. He had two sons. He lost two sons. On the USS Arizona on Dec. 7, 1941 — a day that shall indeed "forever live in infamy."

Adult ed programs are vital

By Josh Bullock

When award-winning novelist Ralph Ellison stated, "Education is all a matter of building bridges," I would like to believe that somewhere in the back of his mind he was contemplating the critical role adult education plays in building educational bridges for students in need within our communities.

Gene Budig and Alan Heaps: It's time to take close look at our priorities

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

It's early December and the holiday season is in full swing. This late-year string of celebrations now extends a full two months, starting on Halloween, ending on New Year's Day, with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa sandwiched in between.

Donna Reed/Voices: In life, sometimes we just need a reboot

Have you ever stopped to think what a great thing it is "to reboot?" When I have no idea how to fix a computer glitch, and before I call a techie in to help, I reboot, and often times that magically takes care of the problem. It is the same with my smart phone. The other day I couldn't get my text messages to work, and a little voice inside said, "Why don't you try rebooting?" It worked.

Guest commentary: Thank a teacher this Thanksgiving

By Cinda Klickna

Krista Vance/Voices: To the front of the buffet line I go ... with kid in tow!

By Krista Vance

I'm a line jumper, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.

Since it's considered gauche to stand at the beginning of the line and demand that everyone uses hand sanitizer and wears facemasks before continuing down the table, I've come up with a solution.

I pretend to be kind and help a little kid get their food while simultaneously filling my plate.

Guest commentary: Narrowing the digital divide

By John Shimkus

In August 2008, minutes after then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi shut the chamber's lights out during a debate over what to do in response to high gas prices, I helped lead my Republican colleagues in a revolt on the House floor that turned "all of the above" into a household name for the kind of energy policy America needed.

Guest commentary: Applauding the life of Tim Nugent

By Jim Gallo

It is said that our lives on this earth are like a pebble dropped into the water. Everything we do touches others as the water ripples out. If this is true, then Tim Nugent's life is more like an earthquake causing a tidal wave — a tidal wave of positive influence on millions of lives.

Guest commentary: EPA risks reversing progress

By Jeff Jarboe

nnovators, farmers, workers and motorists in Illinois and across the nation are waiting on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make a critical decision that directly affects them, a decision that also will have a huge impact on whether the U.S. can wean itself from foreign oil.

Guest Commentary: Safe food comes from healthy animals

People today are talking more about, and taking a greater interest in, how their food is produced. But they're also a bit confused about the role of antibiotics in meat production. As one of the more than 62,000 American pig farmers who raise the animals, I am concerned too, but for a different reason.

It's actually quite simple — produce healthy livestock, get safe food.