Local Commentaries

BIll Knight - November 29
11:58 am
Thu November 29, 2012

US Chamber Does Not Represent Small Businesses

Bill Knight

The best route from a slow recovery to a stable economy is one where employers and workers are partners in a cooperative venture to prosper, and instead of standing in the way of employees who seek the middle class by organizing unions, the nation’s biggest umbrella organization for business, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, should encourage workers to have a stake in their companies.

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Bill Knight - November 22
2:12 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Determining Threats to Religious Liberties

Bill Knight

At the first Mass after the election, a 70-something parishioner scolded an usher about giving her any more letters from Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky, saying, “If there is one, keep it.”

There wasn’t – which was too bad. After political bishops “took a beating at the polls,” according to Jesuit Father Thomas Reese, it could have been an opportunity for reconciliation. His Excellency looks more natural smiling, rooting for Notre Dame or cuddling with his Chihuahuas than comparing President Obama to Hitler.

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Bill Knight – November 15
10:49 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Walmart Workers Fighting Back

Bill Knight

As the world’s largest retailer last month filled aisles with Halloween candy and cheap costumes, workers from coast to coast conducted an effective “trick ‘r treat” job action, and now others are taking the giant retailer to court.

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Bill Knight - November 8
11:48 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Climate Change and the Midwest

Bill Knight

Climate change is not just an abstract, an inconvenience, or a disaster limited to Arctic ice or coastal populations during superstorms like Hurricane Sandy. Illinois is already affected and climate change could hurt us all worse. The saying “think global, act local” is recalled, but there are no simple or easy answers.

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Bill Knight - November 1
12:53 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

The Betrayal of the American Dream

Bill Knight

The new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele is, they say, “the story of how a small number of people in power have deliberately put in place policies that have enriched themselves while cutting the ground out from underneath America’s greatest asset – its middle class.

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