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