Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary: Father defends slain son

By DRACY PENDLETON

I am is writing this article because my son cannot. He was killed by police last spring.

The editorial in the Nov. 30 News-Gazette about transparency in Mahomet regarding my son's violent and tragic encounter with police is one part truth, one part not all of the facts and one part baloney.

Sunday Extra: How to improve your life

By ANDREW WILK

Most articles about making one's life happier and healthier follow a fairly predictable track: lose weight, sleep, exercise, and eat well. Others focus on the importance of cultivating relationships, hobbies, and pets. A few are more directly prescriptive, suggesting specific books to read, yoga poses to practice, or destinations to visit.

Guest Commentary: Time for AFSCME to work with state

By DENNIS MURASHKO

It's long past time for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union to accept the result of the agreed-upon process and work with our administration to implement a contract that is fair to both employees and taxpayers.

Donna Reed/Voices: Right before your eyes

By DONNA REED

There was a time when I thought that an "awe-inspiring experience" could only mean looking out over the precipice of the Grand Canyon, or capturing photographs of Earth from outer space, or reaching the mountain's summit and taking in the vast beyond.

Guest Commentary: TIMES Center is open, serving its clients

By SHEILA FERGUSON

Many of you have heard and read about local efforts to establish an emergency men's shelter this winter in Champaign County. This community is known for coming together when a need arises, and some of the publicity has focused on the TIMES Center, which is owned and operated by Rosecrance (formerly known as Community Elements).

Guest Commentary: Illinois has a spending problem

By KRISTINA RASMUSSEN
Illinois Policy Institute

Guest Commentary: 21st Century Cures Act is no cure-all

By TRUDY LIEBERMAN
Rural Health News Service

Will patients benefit from the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act? After listening to politicians and reading the headlines, most people might think it's the best thing ever to come along for patients.

Krista Vance/Voices: It was a cold and rainy day

By KRISTA VANCE

There's nothing like being alone in your house when the phone rings and caller ID displays your home number.

I immediately thought of the movie where the babysitter gets numerous calls from a creepy guy asking, "Have you checked the children?" and, of course, the guy's upstairs waiting for her to check so he can kill her.

Guest Commentary: With AFSCME, Rauner should negotiate, not dictate

By MICHAEL T. CARRIGAN

"Governor Rauner, don't dictate, negotiate!" That was the message sent by thousands of public-service workers who recently took part in more than 120 demonstrations all across Illinois.