Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – November 27
10:55 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Affordable Care Act – One Year Later

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For this Thanksgiving, last winter’s “polar vortex” became this season’s “bomb cyclone” – meteorologists’ trendy term for an intense, fast-moving storm resulting from the jet stream shifting and sending frigid air roaring south into the United States, icing the roads and causing wind-chills to flirt with zero.

But the cold can’t last forever.

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Guest Commentary
7:28 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

When ‘Waters of the United States’ Aren’t Even Waters

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Silly is a funny word. You call babies and toddlers silly when they smile and coo and do funny things.  But adults, especially farmers, are rarely called silly. 

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Bill Knight – November 20
4:40 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

In Remembrance of a Progressive Champion

Lane Evans (right) with President Barack Obama. Evans was an early supporter of Obama's campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the White House.
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Lane Evans had an easy smile, but downstate Illinois’ progressive champion for working people and veterans was a bit bashful and didn’t often laugh out loud.

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Bill Knight – November 13
6:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Americans Re-elect an Unpopular Congress

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After last week’s midterm election, Washington’s Republican leaders imagine their future as “Interstellar.”

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Bill Knight – November 6
6:19 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Ditching the Myths about Clean Water Rules

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The public-comment period on a new rule about water ended two weeks ago, but the uproar over a “government takeover” of ditches remains.

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Bill Knight – October 30
4:47 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

No Sure Bets for Wall Street

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Wall Street seems like a casino where the problem gamblers ARE the House, and they only bet on sure things. “Wall Street hates uncertainty,” analysts say.

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Bill Knight – October 23
6:19 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

The Power of Pushing Back

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Organizing can achieve results, and collective strength sometimes overcomes powerful interests.

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Guest Commentary
4:45 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The Overscheduled Family

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Fall has its strong points, don’t get me wrong.  But it’s also a kind of special hell for parents of school-age children.

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Bill Knight – October 16
1:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Election Could Lead to “War on Workers”

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Among the U.S. Senate’s almost unique powers of conducting impeachment trials, ratifying treaties, and voting on appointments as ambassadors and Supreme Court Justices, it can decide whether to confirm Presidential nominations to high-level positions in federal departments and agencies, including the Attorney General and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Bill Knight – October 9
6:03 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Big Money Influencing Elections in Several Ways

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Many Americans are worried about the influence that for-profit corporations and the rich have on elections, but will that concern translate unto a healthy turnout for the Nov. 4 election?

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