Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – April 18
12:08 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Real Reform Could Spur Job Growth

Bill Knight

Superficial reforms are failing, I reckon.

U.S. employers in March hired at the slowest rate since last June, adding just 88,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls, with steep job cuts in retail and government sectors, including 12,000 at the U.S. Postal Service, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly report released April 5.

Economists had forecast the month’s gain to be about 190,000.

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Bill Knight – April 11
10:52 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Springtime in a Bygone Era

Bill Knight


A year ago this week, I’d already partially tore an Achilles tendon playing softball, but this spring has been so wintry my back still aches from shoveling wet snow off the driveway and sidewalk.

So, I’m still coping with the delayed change of seasons by retreating to springs of my youth:

Do 21st century kids still have wonderful crap marketed to them when the weather warms?


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Bill Knight – April 4
1:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Will the GOP Move to the Center?

Bill Knight

Days after April Fools Day, we still look over our shoulders, and one political prank breathing down our necks is the “new” GOP.

President Obama’s 5-million vote victory over Republican Mitt Romney showed the country’s shifting demographics – more voters who are younger, better educated, more likely to be women, and more diverse in religion and race. That supposedly signaled to some GOP leaders that they should be less extremist and more open to the actual makeup of the nation.

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Bill Knight – March 28
10:39 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Holding Accountable All Levels of Government

Bill Knight

A couple of weeks ago a couple of harbingers of Spring came and went, and each acknowledges how we depend on sunshine.

One was Daylight Savings Time, letting us think about spring and more sunlight, and the other was “Sunshine Week,” a time to promote and praise transparency in government: open government.

Effective representative government depends on transparency through open meetings, open records and public notices. If any of those three is absent, government collapses into secrecy and darkness.

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Guest Commentary - Ed Woell
7:53 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Macomb Election "A Systemic Collapse of Democracy"

Ed Woell
Credit Rich Egger

As a history professor, I often look for ways in which the past can inform the present.  One belief that led me to my profession is that history imparts crucial lessons that can help us make sense of events unfolding in the here-and-now.

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