Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – February 6
10:35 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Commemorating The Beatles’ American Debut

Bill Knight

To some, five decades back seem like ancient history: “Biblical times.”

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Bill Knight – January 30
11:17 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Memorable Results from Disparate Souls

Bill Knight

Many churches recently had a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and the world is about to begin the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, so one once more longs to fulfill that lion-and-lamb image, that notion that the Gospel of John recounts Jesus as describing, “that all of them may be one,” or the simple idea that people can put aside their differences and work or play together.

The possibilities are inspiring.

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Bill Knight – January 23
11:18 am
Wed January 22, 2014

NAFTA: 20 Years of Broken Promises

Bill Knight

A Wall Street Journal writer, a trade representative and a Congressman walk into a Denver pot store and the clerk says, "What is this, a joke?"

The writer says, “I know I really shouldn’t, but I just NAFTA!”

In reality, WSJ writer Mary Anastasia O'Grady wrote about the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “A continental web of supply chains now supports production facilities and serves consumers in three countries with a combined population of 470 million.”

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Bill Knight – January 16
10:57 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Low Wages Stalling Economic Recovery

Bill Knight

Differences on Capitol Hill have made recovery from the Great Recession difficult. Differences in interpreting what’s good and what’s bad in what’s happening with the economy have made recovery efforts worse.

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Bill Knight - January 9
11:48 am
Wed January 8, 2014

In Support of Progressive Change

Bill Knight

As 2014 gets going, it’s revealing to see current public opinion and notice how Capitol Hill apparently pays more attention to Congress’ wealthy patrons than everyday Americans.

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Bill Knight – January 2
1:31 am
Thu January 2, 2014

My New Year’s Letter to My Son

Bill Knight

Dear Russell:

Here’s something very rarely mentioned in the same sentence: Prizefighting and parenthood.

Actually, parenting is less like prizefighting than watching boxers from a ring-side seat.

Life is not exactly a fight but it can sometimes feel like we’re on the ropes in a ring.

Alone maybe, or facing lousy odds.

Personally, I’ve been a spectator, trainer, sometimes a cutman in your life “matches.” It’s offered me a sense of pride, if not power.

I’ve always been proud of you. Conversely, I’ve never been ashamed of you.

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Bill Knight – December 26
1:15 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Counting the Christmas Profits

Bill Knight

Christmas is over, and with it, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and the rest of the holiday-shopping gimmicks.

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Guest Commentary – Barbara Harroun
2:28 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

In Support of Working to the Rule

Barbara Harroun
Credit Rich Egger

On December 6, 2013 I brought my daughter to the Old Dairy for lunch. While eating, members of the MHS band filed in, some in holiday garb, and under the direction of Mr. Wetmore regaled us with music. Instantly my daughter asked if we could move closer to watch. We did.

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Bill Knight – December 19
1:51 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

A Baby is Born - An Old Story

Bill Knight

Newspaperman Heywood Broun was one of the country’s top columnists in the 1920s and ’30s, when he also founded The Newspaper Guild labor union – risking his own financial position to help reporters paid 1 percent of his salary. Broun wrote about sports and books as well as current events and social-justice issues, but for years one of his most popular themes was Christmas, the subject of this sentimental piece from the defunct New York World:

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Bill Knight – December 12
2:26 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

New Scheme for Cutting Social Security

Bill Knight

Seeing contradictions instead of complexities in attitudes and preferences by the Millennial generation is perhaps why Big Business and the elite have started focusing on 18- to 34-year-old Americans in the newest scheme to cut Social Security. But 1 percenters have misinterpreted young adults as vulnerable, dumb or both.

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