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

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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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Bill Knight – May 15
10:52 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bank Fraud Apparently is not a Crime

Credit Rich Egger

May 1 was Law Day, so this month is a great time to consider law enforcement concerning those banking gangsters –“banksters” – who violated laws and went unpunished.

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Bill Knight – May 8
10:44 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Paving the Way for Jim Crow's Return?

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A lot of attention has been paid to racist comments apparently made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

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Bill Knight – May 1
2:29 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Cesar Chavez – A Hero for All Americans

Everyday people holding voter-registration drives, partnering with faith communities, organizing corporate campaigns and fasting in protest all may be so familiar that their revival by Cesar Chavez a generation ago is overlooked.

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Bill Knight – April 24
3:03 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

A Bloody Chapter in American Labor History

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It’s neither unpatriotic nor an exaggeration to recall the Ludlow Massacre 100 years ago this week as that era’s 9-11, Pearl Harbor or Alamo.

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Bill Knight – April 17
1:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

The Attack on Entitlements

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Insurance policyholders who pay their premiums, people who work, and veterans who serve all are eligible for coverage, for wages and for benefits.

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