Bill Knight

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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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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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Bill Knight – December 5
11:12 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Lessons From Man’s Best Friend

Bill Knight

As the possibility of a new government shutdown appears this winter, the lack of even superficial relationships on Capitol Hill makes one long for some positive parallel in constructive interactions – even connections that may be partly illusions.

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