Local Commentaries

Bill Knight – August 15
10:58 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Trampling the Right to a Day in Court

Bill Knight

As the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is celebrated, Americans increasingly are forced to surrender one of freedom’s most basic rights: the right to their day in court.

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Bill Knight – August 8
11:18 am
Wed August 7, 2013

There Will Be Labor Law on Labor Day

Bill Knight

Many more Americans work for a living than are criminals or their victims, but the consideration of a new FBI director last week got much more attention than the federal agency that sets standards for 80 million workers. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) traces its history to 80 years ago this month, when the National Labor Board was established. It was dissolved the next year after the Supreme Court declared it illegal, but it became the predecessor to the NLRB founded in 1935.

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Bill Knight – August 1
11:29 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Thumbs Down to Obamacare Delay

Bill Knight

Eventually, employers will have to abide by health-care reform, but President Obama last month said he was giving an extra year to comply to health-care requirements for business, which said it needed more time to comply with the overhaul. U.S. businesses that had been looking at possible penalties if they didn’t provide health insurance to their employees by January are getting another year before they must comply with the law. The requirement affects companies with at least 50 employees.

The Obama administration listened. Labor leaders wonder: Did anyone listen to them?

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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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