Local Commentaries

National Poetry Month
7:29 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Why Poetry Matters

Credit Curtis Bisbee

Last month, on the drive home from school, my daughter recited a haiku entitled “Cruelty”:

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Bill Knight – April 10
12:10 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

It’s still Spring, but the Summer game’s back, with some changes and much tradition.

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Bill Knight – April 3
11:20 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tax Dollars Supporting Corporations

Bill Knight

Dissatisfaction in the area with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues as the income-tax deadline approaches.

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Bill Knight – March 27
5:38 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bustos’ Blue Dog Status is Puzzling

Bill Knight

Two popular TV series come to mind when musing about East Moline Democratic Congesswoman Cheri Bustos joining the Blue Dog caucus: “Game of Thrones” and “House of Cards.”

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Bill Knight – March 20
11:38 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Pulling Few Punches on Economic Issues

Bill Knight

Christianity’s season of Lent is underway, a good time to sacrifice a little time to read Pope Francis’ book "The Joy of the Gospel.”

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Bill Knight – March 13
11:19 am
Wed March 12, 2014

When I’m 64

Bill Knight

A bit of resistance or resentment at aging is not unexpected, maybe.

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Bill Knight – March 6
11:49 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Outcome of Unionization Vote Appealed

Bill Knight

Unionizing offers workers group strength that can mean labor contracts, due process, and a vote on their leaders.

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Story Corps Recording
5:18 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Our Kidney Adventure

Amy Stein (left) and Mary Eby
Credit courtesy of Terry Smith

When Mary Eby learned her friend Amy Stein needed a new kidney, she didn’t hesitate to offer one of hers, saying, “I have two kidneys.”

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Bill Knight – February 27
12:30 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Fighting Schemes to Privatize the USPS

Bill Knight

In an effort to protect good jobs and community service against privatization schemes on Capitol Hill and the marketplace, Postal Workers this month called for a boycott of Staples office-supply stores.

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Bill Knight – February 20
2:15 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Benefitting from Unions Without Paying Dues

Bill Knight

A recent U.S. Supreme Court debate comes down to employees working at jobs where most of their peers want to be represented by negotiators they elect and share the costs of that representation, versus individuals who feel coerced into sharing the costs of achieving better compensation, and their narrow notion of free association and free speech.

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