Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Guest commentary: Don't waste your vote

By Chris Maden

Let me start by saying that if you really like and support Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, you should vote for her or him, and there's no need to keep reading.

But for any of you who have misgivings, or who are thinking about voting against a candidate rather than for, please think carefully about what you're doing.

Guest Commentary: Pretrial reform gaining momemtum


The premise that a person is innocent until proven guilty is being inverted all across America. On any given day, nearly half a million legally innocent people are languishing in U.S jails for the simple reason that they are too poor to pay the monetary condition for their release, also known as money bail.

Sunday Extra: Trump's artful tax dodging


What are we to think of a man who contributes nothing to the support of the federal government he seeks to lead — while spending hundreds of thousands a month on himself?

Who doesn't pay agreed-upon amounts to his suppliers, holding them off with litigation until they settle for less?

Guest Commentary: Apprenticeships beneficial to economy


Students of all ages across our country are back to school.

And while there are many disputes about education policy, there is no disputing its fundamental purpose — to prepare Americans for the jobs of tomorrow.

Voices: The rabbit and the penknife

By Michael LaDue

I once had a dingy stuffed rabbit. Though only 3, perhaps 4, I knew of stuffed bears. I had a rabbit. The yellow creature had a string on its mouth from which the felt petals of a flower had departed. I do not remember how.

Gene Budig and Alan Heaps: Compromise is hallmark of democracy

By Gene Budig and Alan Heaps

The well-worn maxim known as "Miles Law" states that "where you stand depends of where you sit." Named after Rufus Miles, a federal administrator who coined the phrase in the late 1940s, it tells us that our opinions are less the result of free will and more the result of our past and present circumstances.

Sunday Extra: Voters should deny jail expansion

By Niloofar Shambayati

Guest Commentary: Comparing county-leadership proposals


There are two questions on the Nov. 8 ballot regarding leadership for the Champaign County Board. Shall the county board be led by an elected executive or by a countywide elected board chair? To understand these questions, it is helpful to understand how and why they are being presented to the voters.

Scott Reeder: Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Remembering Mom

Editor's note: In 2013, Scott Reeder lost his mother to breast cancer. He wrote this column for the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month following her death. He asked that this updated piece run to honor her and inform readers on what they can do.

My mother's breathing was ragged.

I held her left hand with each labored gasp.