David McKnight 
Member since Apr 7, 2007

Writer and musician. Emery & McKnight Duo, Cleaver Smith Swenson & McKnight Band. www.itsthemusic.com Recent compositions and songs: "Ninth Street Rag" for clarinet, "In the… More »



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Re: “How McCrory used Valerie Macon to attack 'cultural elites'

It's disappointing to read that North Carolina state employes are presumed not to have the intellectual ability or interest to participate meaningful in the arts--in this case, poetry.

In Russia, where the legacy of poetry enjoys popular approval, many citizens can quote from Pushkin at the drop of a hat.

There was a lamentable rush to judgment in regard to this most recent selection of aport laureate for North Carolina.

David P. McKnight

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Posted by David McKnight on 07/24/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “The lie behind the shrinking labor force

Democrats Could Use Some Schooling Too

The Democratic Party, especially certain national factional groups, could also use some encouragement to behave better here in the Triangle. Most especially, supposedly liberal Democratic groups should not look down upon "lunch pail" Democrats as ne'er-do-wells when they are simply advocating better schools, better public transit, fair pricing in housing, stronger wages and greater opportunities for employment.

David P. McKnight

Posted by David McKnight on 04/11/2014 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Party chairman Randy Voller's latest ruckus should be his last

Requiring a person to be from one or more states in the Union instead of all, in order to be hired for a position with the North Carolina Democratic Party, would be discriminatory. Such a hiring policy should not be put into place by the North Carolina Democratic Party.

David P. McKnight

Posted by David McKnight on 03/04/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Will Obama's "Public-private innovation institute" at NCSU make Raleigh the new Silicon Valley?

Cutting-edge public-private technology initiatives such as this can be expected to receive the full and enthusiastic support of the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties in North Carolina, and that is a good thing.

But what is not so good is that if your area of public private enterprise, whether in business, education or professional callings, needs a more cooperative and supportive relationship with state government or North Carolina's political elites, you often can find yourself on the outside looking in, holding your bag or briefcase, waiting for a chance to make your case about fundamental local infrastructure or educational training needs in your own home communities.

Technology-related initiatives can count on broad, bipartisan support in North Carolina's top political circles, and again, this is almost always beneficial and justifiable in the overall development of the economic future of this state. But if we are trying to be viewed across the country as "so smart" in North Carolina, how is it that we can neglect teacher needs and rights, minimum-wage adjustments, unemployment assistance, nutritional outreach and worker retraining priorities to the point that one of the most productive and dynamic state economies in all the land cannot afford to "keep up" in education from grade school to graduate and professional training?

How can a state so richly blessed in business technology development be so poor politically that North Carolinians in one of our congressional districts are facing the prospect of going an entire calendar year without representation in the U.S. House of Representatives as provided for in the U.S. Constitution?

One disturbing possibility is that we are becoming a 21st Century "Nullification State" as South Carolina flirted with being in the early 19th Century. If we don't like a certain national law or a particular federal constitutional mandate, we just ignore it and join our friends whose baseball teams did not make it to the World Series by chanting in resignation:

"Wait'll next year."

It is fantastic that North Carolina can compete with California, Massachusetts and other leading states in the pursuit of all aspects of technology development. But it is not a fair tradeoff that we should accept the plight of "last in learning" in all the other areas of education, environmental protection, family farm protection and general across-the-board economic development here in the Old North State,"where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great."

Thank goodness North Carolina's civil rights and civil liberties leadership is working so ardently to change these troubling trends, but the rest of us cannot sit by without getting involved and letting our own voices be heard. So let us harmonize the development of technological progress and innovation with the rule of law and respect for the principles of constitutional government from Washington and Raleigh to all 100 of North Carolina's county seats and every city council and town board along the way from the coast to the mountains.

Paraphrasing Dr. King: From every bend in the road, and from every hamlet, town and city in North Carolina, let freedom ring.

David Proctor McKnight

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Posted by David McKnight on 01/15/2014 at 1:21 PM

Re: “N.C. State's Hunt Library

Hunt and D .H. Hill Libraries at N.C. State

They're doing great things at Hunt Library and on N.C. State's Centennial Campus, but in supplying this new library, the anchoring, multi-disciplinary D.H. Hill Library should not be stripped of its holdings in mathematics and the natural sciences.

Math and science are important to all fields of education, not just engineering and technology areas, but also to the social sciences, humanities and the arts.

Here's hoping Independent will look into the disturbing recent developments at D.H. Hill, one of the finest all-around university libraries in the entire state of North Carolina.

Also, it is troubling to read in N.C. State's own campus Technician newspaper and elsewhere that UNC System libraries are facing substantial and even drastic budget cuts across the board, including the loss of staff personnel and reduced hours of operation.

D.H. Hill Library at N.C. State has the best hours of any public library in North Carolina, but this may not be the case in the future if the UNC Board of Governors fails to act to protect all UNC System libraries from unreasonable and unjustifiable budgetary slashing.

David P. McKnight

Posted by David McKnight on 01/15/2014 at 12:11 PM

Re: “Conservative group demands emails of UNC official after he criticizes Gov. McCrory in newspaper column

We ought to draw a distinction between the procedural accountability of public institutions and the personal constitutional rights and liberties of individuals working for those public institutions. A person does not check his or her individual constitutional rights and liberties at the door in reporting to work for a state university campus or other public institution.

A measured and reasonable confidentiality of personal communications within a public institution or even an office or department of government at the federal, state or local level is not out of harmony with the principles of timely and responsible public disclosure of the ultimate decisions made and actions taken by those institutions and organizations.

A proper expression of views and opinions on public issues and public policy by those in the employ of public institutions need not be accompanied by a breach of constitutional rights pursuant to the preparation of those views and opinions for those eventual forms and forums of expression.

David Proctor McKnight

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Posted by David McKnight on 12/02/2013 at 12:07 AM

Re: “Obamacare: a symptom, not the disease

I like the fact that Madison felt that the Constitution could help nurture republican democracy over a large geographic area. Perhaps the Russians, Chinese and Brazilians can find some features of our federal constitutional system helpful in their future domestic political development.

I am proud to share initials with Dolley Payne Madison, who was born in Guilford County, N.C..

David Proctor McKnight

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Posted by David McKnight on 11/25/2013 at 3:41 PM

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