Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – July 25
2:24 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Tax Exemption Applicants Deserve Scrutiny

Bill Knight

Tax collectors were so unpopular for so long it took the Son of God to demonstrate that it was alright to forgive them, and who knows whether some modern St. Matthew works at the Internal Revenue Service.

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Bill Knight - July 18
1:30 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Judicial Activism & Voting Rights

Bill Knight

The war against Americans’ voting heated up this summer when the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision struck down a formula to ensure access to polls – even as it affirmed the 1965 Voting Rights Act’s goal.

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Bill Knight – July 11
1:38 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The Battle Over Tribune Ownership

Bill Knight

Labor is leading the fight to keep the Chicago Tribune newspapers free from overt partisan control, using their financial clout as well as their street presence.

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Bill Knight – July 4
11:18 am
Wed July 3, 2013

America: A Work in Progress

Bill Knight

When the statue of Frederick Douglass was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on June 19, Vice President Joe Biden quipped that Douglass was “one of my favorite Republicans.”

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Bill Knight – June 26
1:55 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Powerful Than a Locomotive

Credit DC Comics

When “Man of Steel” opened, the latest re-booting of the Superman story was met by indifference, relief or scorn, but change is one of the few constants in the universe of heroes, especially the comic-book variety.

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Bill Knight – June 20
1:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Fracking Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

Bill Knight

Illinois’ legislature on May 31 signaled that fracking can begin, overwhelmingly approving a plan to regulate the high-volume gas and oil drilling despite considerable testimony in opposition, hundreds of people rallying and protesting at the Capitol and Gov. Quinn’s office, and five southern-Illinois counties and four cities, including Carbondale, voting to wait.

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Bill Knight - June 13
11:27 am
Wed June 12, 2013

A Different Take on "Casey at the Bat"

Bill Knight

This month – the 125th anniversary of the publication of Ernest Thayer’s poem “Casey at the Bat” in the San Francisco Examiner, and mere weeks after the Cubs “swept” the White Sox in interleague play – is a perfect time to recall Garrison Keillor’s alternate perspective, first produced for “A Prairie Home Companion” in 1994: “Casey at the Bat (Road Game)” –

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Bill Knight - June 6
6:08 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Offer Low-Interest Loans to Students

Bill Knight

In the last year progressives such as Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont and Tea Party-endorsed U.S. Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky have blasted the Federal Reserve, the United States’ central banking system. If Tea Party and progressive types are truly independent and populist, they should support the new bill by Massachusetts’ Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that would ensure that college students get equal treatment under the law for borrowing and make the Federal Reserve contribute to society, not just the rich and powerful.

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Bill Knight – May 30
1:50 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Your Lyin’ Eyes

Bill Knight

More and more, so many media so deftly defy logic, the smooth-talking liars on radio and cable seem like the man in the old joke by the late, great comic Richard Pryor. His wife catches him betraying her and he coos, “Who you gonna believe: me or your lyin’ eyes?”

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Bill Knight – May 23
11:27 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Adventures with Jake

Bill Knight

A handsome two-year-old British lab barreled his way into my heart after I resisted our getting another dog. It was a relationship made in heaven.

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