Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – May 23
11:27 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Adventures with Jake

Bill Knight

A handsome two-year-old British lab barreled his way into my heart after I resisted our getting another dog. It was a relationship made in heaven.

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Bill Knight – May 16
5:35 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Regulatory Oversight Can Save Lives

Bill Knight

The April explosion at the West, Texas, fertilizer plant that killed 14 people, injured about 200 others and destroyed dozens of homes was so powerful it could be felt 50 miles away, registering as a 2.1-magnitude earthquake. The blast should continue to rumble throughout the country since its owner apparently didn’t disclose the dangers there, and the government agencies responsible for protecting the area also failed.

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Bill Knight – May 9
1:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

American CEO Pay vs Worker Pay

Bill Knight

In the last 30 years, CEOs have gone from being well-paid (more than 40 times the pay of everyday workers) to being ridiculously enriched. CEO compensation now averages hundreds of times the pay of regular working people.  

Is it worth it? To their companies and shareholders? To their industry and the economy?  To the country?

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Bill Knight – April 25
7:30 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living

Bill Knight

I was a youngster when the first funeral I ever attended was a schoolmate who’d died in a grain storage bin, where he’d slipped and suffocated. I went to the open-casket services with buddies, and we were shocked and silenced by the appearance of a kid like us who’d essentially drowned in corn.

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Heather McIlvaine-Newsad – April 19
6:28 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Running for Peace

Heather McIlvaine-Newsad
Credit Rich Egger

In their 2004 article in the journal Nature, Bramble and Lieberman write “Striding bipedalism is a key behavior of hominids that possibly originated soon after the divergence of the chimpanzee and human lineages .” Dr. Daniel Leiberman, a biology professor from Harvard also known as “The Barefoot Professor” suggests that a massive environmental change that took place on the African continent coinciding with the rise of running among humans.

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