Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Developing skills of cultural competency

By Robert Silverman

Words sometimes matter. Behavior always matters.

Cultural competence exists in between words and behaviors. It's treacherous territory. Because in between words and behaviors disagreement flourishes. In the United States, no disagreement is larger, no topic more culturally treacherous, no incompetency more apparent, than in our conversation about race.

Sunday Extra: Voter fraud claims were false

By William G. Jensen

This is in response to Mr. L. Phillips' Aug. 9 letter. Claims of voter fraud have arisen after each of the latest U.S. presidential elections. Every one of the voter fraud claims sited by Mr. Phillips are demonstrably false.

There is no such thing as a "statistical impossibility." There can be a statistical improbability but not impossible.

Ray Elliott/Voices: These boots were made for talkin' and ...

By Ray Elliott

"Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots."

Sunday Extra: Editorial off the mark

By Luis Cuza

The Aug. 22 editorial — "Ending the killing" — summarizes a crime spree carried out by blacks and Latinos, and insinuates that the problem and solution lie within these communities. Thus, leaving those outside those communities as observers and potential saviors.

Krista Vance/Voices: Why run when the pool awaits you?

By Krista Vance

"Mom, I want to do cross-country," Olivia announced.

"You do?" I asked, surprised.


Well, that's not going to happen, I thought. Time to lay it on thick. "You realize that practice is at 5:30 in the morning, right?"

Deanna Terven/Voices: Al's presence has stolen life as we knew it

Deanna Terven was inspired to write this essay after reading Bill Lyon's series on living with Alzheimer's. Those stories ran in The News-Gazette Commentary section on June 12 and 26, and July 10, 17 and 24.

By Deanna Terven

Americans would be wise to ignore polls

By Jeffrey M. McCall

Polls in 1948 indicated Harry Truman had no chance to win the election. He ignored the ominous polls, took off on his whistle stop tour and won the election anyway. Pollsters and pundits were shocked. Americans today would be wise to follow Truman's lead and disregard the swarm of polls dominating the media landscape this year.

Sunday Extra: Prioritize student mental health

By Michael Pridemore and Kim Pridemore

This is an exciting time for college freshmen and their families. Many of these students are enrolling in colleges and universities throughout Illinois. There is great anticipation about the opportunities awaiting these young people as they embark on their college careers.

Guest commentary: 1970 convention targeted redistricting reform

By Frank Cicero Jr.

The Independent Map constitutional amendment being contested in the Illinois Supreme Court presents the first opportunity ever for Illinois citizens to have their state legislative districts fairly apportioned without the partisan self-interests of legislators controlling the process.