Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Ray Elliott/Voices: Iwo Jima memorial service in the works

By RAY ELLIOTT

The Iwo Jima Association of America of Quantico, Va., and the Iwo Jima Commemorative Committee of San Diego, Calif., are joining together Feb. 15-19 at Camp Pendleton, Calif., to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Sunday Extra: Too good to be true

By GREG CONNOR

Fifty years ago, my father told me, "If something sounds too good to be true, it is."

His wisdom apparently lives on even today.

Guest Commentary: Shift in education underway

By GENE A. BUDIG and ALAN HEAPS

The debates about how best to improve our schools will soon be in the media again. The confirmation process for Betsy DeVos, secretary of education designee, will be one of many newsworthy flash points as President Trump and his team take the reins of power.

Guest Commentary: Why anti-war movement welcomes Trump

By C.G. ESTABROOK

The European anti-war group "No War No NATO" writes as follows:

"Demonstrating in Europe on 21 January, against the newly elected US President Donald Trump is tantamount to lending support to the Obama administration, which has transformed Europe into NATO's first line of attack, nuclear matters inclusive, against Russia.

Guest Commentary: Health of nation's seniors at risk

By BARBARA FRANKLIN

Nancy Olson/Voices: Many reasons I'm riding the bus

By NANCY OLSON

On Jan. 20, I will join thousands of others across America on buses, planes, trains and in cars making our way to Washington, D.C., for the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21. Let me say that I am not anti-Trump. I am pro-America. This is why I will be on the bus.

Sunday Extra: A tale of two marches

By SHIRLEY SPLITTSTOESSER

Guest Commentary: Remembering Nat Hentoff

By PAUL GALLAGHER

We all say we support free speech, don't we? We urge people to speak or write without fear and say what's really on their minds.

Then we hear something we don't like, and we falter. Something ugly is said, and our one-man rally for the First Amendment falls silent. Free speech is one thing, but

There were no "buts" with Nat Hentoff.

Peter Buckley/Voices: Sadness ... devotion ... but most of all, love

By PETER BUCKLEY

So I was at Panera recently and was standing in line behind an older woman who was probably in her late 70s, early 80s.

She was wearing a pretty print dress that fell below her knees and a white sweater with a single button buttoned up near her neck. She had a slight case of osteoporosis and her head drooped forward.

Guest Commentary: Why a budget won't fix Illinois

By AUSTIN BERG

Did you feel it?

As 2016 expired at midnight Dec. 31, so too did Illinois' stopgap budget. That six-month spending plan pushed our state, already the least creditworthy in the nation, further into debt and decay.