Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

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.

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: Tales of trip to Cuba, time with Castro

By GENE A. BUDIG

Now that Fidel Castro has passed, I thought it appropriate to tell a bizarre story about him and a trip to Cuba.

Some years ago, 1999 to be exact, the Baltimore Orioles — with their owner Peter Angelos — ventured to Havana to challenge the Cuban national baseball team in an exhibition game.

Sunday Extra: Unfair criticism painted with a broad brush

By SCOTT DAVIS

I was taken aback by the article that appeared in The News-Gazette on Sunday, Dec. 18, written by Adam Andrzejewski. He is apparently disturbed by the number of public employees whose compensation is over $100,000.

Mike Pemberton/Voices: Grateful to iron things out

By MIKE PEMBERTON

Circa 1983, I'm 22 and ironing a shirt as my rumpled, painter-pant-sporting roommate laughed.

"Gonna' make somebody a great wife someday, Louie," he said, popping a long neck Old Milwaukee.

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: Hope for redistricting reform

By RA JOY

Forget the holiday blues. If you live in Illinois, chances are you are suffering from an acute case of the political blues, a bug that has long afflicted our state.

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.

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