Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary: Commission should reject Ameren's filing

By CINDY SHEPHERD

Advocacy is part of Faith in Place's mission. We help people of faith understand the moral dimensions of policy decisions that affect the home that we share. We work with legislators and other public officials, knowing that they must balance many considerations and believe that they are doing a difficult job to the best of their ability.

Sunday Extra: Editorial was partially off base

By EDWARD A. KOLODZIEJ

The lead editorial on Tuesday, Aug. 22, dutifully condemned white supremacists, while registering sympathy for President Trump's morally obtuse and uninformed assertion that all sides were at fault for the Charlottesville tragedy.

Joseph Bauers/Voices: JFK, the unspeakable and me

By JOSEPH BAUERS

Guest Commentary: Garbage-collection inefficiency

By DAN McCOLLUM

The Champaign City Council has approached and backed away from the question of garbage collection more times than I can remember. And there is little expectation that the current council can do any better than those of the past, although there is always hope.

Sunday Extra: A simplified approach to 'unified budget'

By GEORGE HESS

I believe the "unified budget" as a method of government revenue collection and budgeting is a mistake. It hides the cost of government and creates problems for Social Security and Medicare. Let me suggest a simplified and fair approach.

1. Create two separate budgets: a general revenue budget and a social services budget.

Guest Commentary: Early-childhood education an investment

By J.B. PRITZKER

Quality early-childhood education provides the foundation and tools our children need to build better lives. It is the right thing to do and one of the most fiscally sound investments we can make in our state's future. That's why I was disheartened to read The News-Gazette's Aug. 14 editorial about early-childhood education.

Sunday Extra: In defense of James Damore

By MIKE CARROLL

In my opinion, The News Gazette was wrong to include James Damore — recently fired Google employee — among its group of "Infamous Illini."

Gene Budig and Alan Heaps: Alarming weaknesses in education

By GENE BUDIG and ALAN HEAPS

As fall approaches and brings with it the reopening of our schools. Soon, more than fifty million elementary and secondary school students will be back at their desks.

Guest Commentary: Chicago playing a TIF shell game

By ANDY SHAW

Most of us don't trust government — local, state or federal — to spend our tax dollars wisely or make sound policy decisions that affect our lives and communities, and that cynicism is reinforced every time we learn about another apparent attempt by public officials to hide their backrooms deals, even from their own government colleagues.