Local Commentaries

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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