Local Commentaries

Bill Knight - October 10
11:42 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Decent Wages Benefit Everyone

Bill Knight

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray recently vetoed that City Council’s passage of a living-wage ordinance -- the Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have required District big-box retailers such as Walmart to pay workers a living wage of $12.50 an hour, but it renewed debate about at least raising the minimum wage and revived conversations about a living wage.

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Bill Knight – October 3
1:46 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Food Stamps Are Vital; Cuts Are Shortsighted

Bill Knight

Timing is everything, sometimes. A couple of days after Pope Francis’ interview was published in which the pontiff stressed helping the poor instead of “obsessing” about abortion, birth control and gay issues – the same day the House voted to cut food stamps by $40 billion over 10 years – church readings seemed to address the subject in plain language.

(Were Tea Party types sitting in pews uncomfortable hearing that God notices those “who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor”? Amen.)

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Bill Knight – September 26
10:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Mars Bars and Macaroons

Bill Knight

I'm no "foodie," but I'm fond of certain treats and, even when I don't buy something regularly, they remain a favorite.

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Bill Knight – September 19
12:17 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Bailed Out, Booted, or Busted

Bill Knight

Most people know that most corporate CEOs are paid a lot -- the ratio of CEO pay to average-worker pay is 273 to 1, compared to 20 to 1 in 1965, reported the Washington Post. But what does all that money buy?

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Bill Knight- September 12
12:49 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

High School Football is Too Dangerous

Bill Knight

Some 25 years ago, NBC-TV’s popular “Hill Street Blues” series featured a character, Sgt. Phil Esterhaus, warning the street cops, “Hey, let's be careful out there.”

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