Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – June 19
1:58 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Common Ground for Tea and Green Parties

Eric Cantor
Credit J. Scott Applewhite/AP

After Republican Eric Cantor lost his primary race to a Tea Party challenger last week, most press prophets seemed either to sympathize with the House Majority Loser as Capitol Hill’s equivalent of California Chrome losing the Belmont Stakes to little-known Tonalist or to celebrate the upset as Washington’s or the GOP’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”

But it’s less about the Loser – an Establishment Republican, despite his ultra-conservative bona fides – than the Virginia voters who supported Dave Brat: populists.

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Bill Knight – June 12
2:25 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Improving the Environment While Creating Jobs

Credit Rich Egger

Corporations and mainstream media often repeat the “jobs vs. the environment” angle to situations, but that’s a false choice.

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Bill Knight – June 5
10:55 am
Wed June 4, 2014

In Praise of Mowing the Lawn

Credit Wikimedia

Spring is here.  (All together now: “FINALLY!”)

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Bill Knight – May 29
11:22 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Time Running Out for Roads and Bridges in Illinois

An Illinois road in need of repairs
Credit Rich Egger

The Illinois legislature’s spring session is supposed to end this week, roads and bridges are deteriorating, and state and federal programs to fund construction are expiring, so an unusual coalition of business and labor proposed a plan to address the situation.

However, it’s unclear where it stands in Springfield.

Wrapping up are Illinois Jobs Now – which funds maintenance and construction of roads, highways and public transit, set to end July 1 – and the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), ending Sept. 30 (if its funds don’t run out sooner).

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Bill Knight – May 22
1:36 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Ag Gag to Hide Food-Related Problems

Piglets
Credit Harvest Public Media

As recently reported, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea killed millions of piglets in 27 states this year. Possibly originating in China, Iowa farmers were hurt the worst.

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