Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Mike Pemberton/Voices: Give me liberty or give me ... some free stuff?

By Mike Pemberton

It was a crisp, sunny, fall day in 1999.

I cruised into Champaign-Urbana on eastbound Interstate 74 in my Honda Accord on the way to a business meeting. Spotting my exit, I glanced in the rearview mirror, signaled and changed lanes.

Cherry tops.

It's time to apologize to our teachers

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Unfortunately, this nation too often neglects to thank those who do important and seemingly impossible work. The more than 3.5 million K-12 teachers fall into this category. We owe them big time. So let's send them our apologies and our thanks.

A closer look at our criminal justice system

By Jim Lewis

Krista Vance/Voices: Don't be alarmed ... I'm thinking outside the box

By Krista Vance

Yesterday morning, Thomas was making breakfast and the fire alarm started hollering. Since I'm a helper, I yelled from my comfy place on the couch, "Thomas, the fire alarm is beeping!"

"Are you incapable of turning it off?" he shouted over the noise. "I'm making YOU pancakes, after all."

Guest commentary: Fixing our broken criminal justice system

By Edwin C. Yohnka 

Illinois has problems. Months without a budget and disagreements about basic policies have further widened the gap between the political parties, making consensus seem impossible. There is one important area where consensus appears attainable — efforts to reform our criminal justice system.

Guest commentary: We're all in this together

By Leslie Geissler Munger

Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House welcomes residents of all ages: Parents seeking child development services, seniors attending adult day care, families working their way out of poverty. It's a beating heart in the East St. Louis community, and yet the budget impasse is cutting off its blood supply.

Free speech being put to the test

By Jeffrey M. McCall

Non-tenure-track staff deserve fair contract

By Susan G. Davis and Richard S. Laugesen

Reducing carbon emissions the right way

By Stanford L. Levin