Local Commentaries

Anniversary of Roe v Wade
3:18 am
Thu January 22, 2015

I'm a Person, Not a Place

The United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973.

I never had an abortion, but I should have.  I am sure of this after reading Katha Pollitt's highly acclaimed book, Pro:  Reclaiming Abortion Rights

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Bill Knight - December 25
6:29 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Bill Knight's Final Radio Commentary

Bill Knight

A New Year’s letter to my son

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Bill Knight – December 18
2:13 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

We, Too, are Bidden

A Nativity scene
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A personal hero, newspaper columnist and labor activist Heywood Broun, was known for his progressive views and his passionate interests – from sports and books to poker and Christmas.

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Bill Knight – December 11
1:44 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Teachers Must be Defended

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Time magazine recently had a cover story bashing teachers that was not just one-sided, but as misleading as less-respected voices on talk radio and cable TV.

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Bill Knight – December 4
6:33 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Pumping Crude Oil Through the Tri States

The Iowa Utilities Board is holding a series of informational meetings this month to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline Project. An estimated 350 people showed up this week at the Comfort Inn and Suites in Fort Madison, including representatives from the environmental group "100 Grannies for a Livable Future."
Credit Abby Wendle

Illinoisans disappointed because the U.S. Senate didn’t pass the Keystone XL pipeline measure letting multi-national corporations bring tar-sand Canadian oil down through the Great Plains above major water sources to get crude to refineries to export: Take heart. Another pipeline is planning to plow through 12 Illinois counties after digging up Iowa and the Dakotas.

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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.
Credit Friends of Lane Evans

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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