Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Illinois AAUP defends Salaita's academic freedom

By Peter N. Kirstein

Salaita case calls for honest debate

By Joyce Tolliver and Nick Burbules

Mission remains the same

By Greg Cozad

As a member of the Stevick Foundation board since 2007, I enjoy readers' comments about The News-Gazette and its related entities. The Stevick Foundation owns 100 percent of the stock of The News-Gazette Inc., and our mission, in part, is to try to provide a newspaper and radio stations that add to the quality of life for area residents.

Plan B much cheaper than proposed tax hike

By Charles Schultz

At its Aug. 11 meeting, the Champaign school board approved the final draft for the wording of the November 2014 referendum asking for $149 million in property taxes. There are many reasons why this tax increase might fail.

The concerned citizen should be made aware of the many factors that are coming into play.

Guest commentary: Parkland enacting exciting changes

By Greg Knott

The fall semester at Parkland College is just a few days from starting. I find this time of year very exciting, with new and returning students coming to Parkland, to learn new skills and knowledge that may help them start a new career, begin their college journey or perhaps take a class for personal interest.

Voices: The devil wears flip-flops

By Carol Mizrahi

Flip-flops can be lethal.

Yes, that's what I said. Lethal! They can kill.

I know because they almost killed my son. He was riding his bike and approached an intersection that was clearly marked: STOP! BIKERS AND WALKERS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.

Guest commentary: Ending racism still an uphill battle

By Keith Hays

In 1923, a crowd of more than 3,000 gathered in Urbana's Crystal Lake Park for a Ku Klux Klan rally. The crowd was too big to be accommodated in the Klan-owned Illinois Theatre on Urbana's Main Street.

Higher ed study results are deeply disturbing

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

A recent report from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania sheds important and disturbing new light on racial and gender inequality in higher education.

Voices: 'A stone for Earl'

By Marie Hitz

My father lost his farm during the Depression, as did many others, causing him to become a tenant farmer, meaning we moved often.

Decisive action? Not so fast

By Chapin Rose

On Tuesday last week, I was excited to hear over the radio that Gov. Pat Quinn finally acted to protect the water supply for three-quarters of a million Illinoisans. Indeed, the radio account repeated his press release title verbatim, "Governor Quinn Acts to Block Disposal of PCB Waste at Clinton Landfill."