Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: Nursing home's 'failure to thrive'

By GEORGE AMAYA

My mother lived her last months at the Champaign County Nursing Home. The official cause of death listed was "failure to thrive."

I thought that odd initially, but it was appropriate. After 92 years, her body had just worn out.

Krista Vance/Voices: Getting out of a hairy situation

By KRISTA VANCE

Road tripping with the girls: Sigh, it's a breeze.

Give them their electronics, blankets and snacks, and they'll go for hours without complaint.

Sharing hotel rooms not such a breeze.

Thomas and I bunked with Olivia, and the other two shared a room.

Guest Commentary: Support teachers across state

By JENNIFER SMITH

I will never forget the excitement I felt when I received my first teaching job in Paris, Ill. I had such exhilaration as I carried my box of beautiful decorations into my new classroom.

Guest Commentary: No easy answers on health care

By DONALD GREELEY

I am a recently retired pulmonary medicine physician who practiced in a multispecialty clinic environment. I have observed the evolution of health care delivery over my career. Right now our society needs to get serious about coming to grips with many important questions. We can no longer kick the can down the road.

Mike Pemberton/Voices: The 'Kansas Comet': More than a hero

By MIKE PEMBERTON

Dubbed the "Kansas Comet," for his blurring speed, Gale Sayers' football career blazed bright and brief. Hampered by knee injuries, Sayers played in only 68 games over a seven-year pro career. Yet his performance was so dominant he was a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer and the youngest player to ever be inducted.

Sunday Extra: Thank you, Donald Trump

By DIANE ORE

I have good news for Donald Trump. I am here to thank him, hugely, for all he has done for me since Nov. 9 when I woke up feeling like a bus had parked itself on my chest. Here goes:

Guest Commentary: Corn is for food, not fuel

By STANFORD L. LEVIN

How can we create jobs, improve the environment, reduce the government deficit, and improve relations with Mexico and our Central American allies? It sounds impossible, but actually it's simple: stop mandating that corn-based ethanol be added to gasoline.

Jeanne Sathre/Voices: Look who is not in the driver's seat

By JEANNE SATHRE

I spent a weekend last year with my older daughter, her husband and my two grandsons in the Mexican mountain town of Tapalpa. It was a good trip, with a quaint hotel, no chain restaurants or stores, the best hot chocolate I've ever had, and scenery completely different from the cityscape of Guadalajara, where we were living at the time.

Sunday Extra: Nothing fake about news reporting

By JOHN PALEN

Every journalism critic is right at least some of the time. On any given day you can find bias, superficiality, inaccuracy, partisanship, sensationalism, and, increasingly, fake news.

In this time of upheaval and divisiveness, how do you know whether to trust what you see in the news?

Here are some tips from a retired journalist.