Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary

Sunday Extra: The humanity of preborn babies

By RENEE MULLEN

Psychiatry defines denial as a defense mechanism in which the existence of unpleasant internal or external realities is denied and kept out of conscious awareness. Throughout history, some people have been deemed to be less human than others; perhaps it is denial that allows the acceptance of this concept.

Guest Commentary: Family medicine must be a priority

By DONALD R. LURYE

The legislation offered by the Congressional GOP leadership to repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act continues the debate over how we, as a nation, can best provide affordable, high-quality health care to all Americans.

Donna Reed/Voices: So many decisions to be made

By DONNA REED

Having lots of choices is usually a good thing. Which restaurant tonight? What movie should we see? Where is the best place to buy an item? Which park should we visit with Dudley today? But sometimes, those choices become overwhelming, and there are just too many decisions to make.

Sunday Extra: A political death struggle while Illinois burns

By LYNN McLINDEN

Recent years have seen forests felled and lakes of ink drained in order to bemoan, deplore and condemn the abysmal state of Illinois government.

Efforts to encourage, rebuke or shame our elected representatives into fixing this atrocious and unsustainable mess seem more futile as the problems grow more dire.

Guest Commentary: Breaking up with Bruce

By PARLEY ANN BOSWELL

Dear Bruce Rauner,

I'm breaking up with you. Because ours has been a committed relationship, you deserve to know why I'm breaking up with you. I have three reasons.

Our relationship has never been based on mutual respect.

Rick Russell/Voices: Chance encounter with a Wise woman

By RICK RUSSELL

It was early Monday, Feb. 27, when I boarded the American Airlines plane out of Champaign to Chicago, the first leg of a trip that would take me to Emory Johns Creek Hospital just outside of Atlanta for surgery.

Guest Commentary: Support a farm bill that benefits all of us

By CHRIS MURRAY

The United States government began taking steps to ensure Americans had enough safe food on their tables during the Dust Bowl Era by bringing to life the first farm bill.

Sunday Extra: Urbana as a sanctuary city

By KAREN ARAM

For those in fear of sanctuary cities being defunded, as has been pointed out, the president must go through Congress, and it then goes to the states.

It was a threat made by the Reagan administration in the 1980s.

Guest commentary: State should create Tax Revision Commission

By MICHAEL D. BELSKY

It is clear that the two major sources of revenue for the state of Illinois — income and sales taxes — are not adequate to fund government services. The state has $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities, $11 billion in unpaid bills and a deficit of more than $5 billion. And if nothing is done, these daunting liabilities will continue to grow.

Guest Commentary: The ultimate service business

By PETER T. TOMARAS