Very well written argument FOR the new Regalia:
‎Don Leeman‎ (New Hampsure State Representative) to Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus
Sir Knights.....
After a lot of serious thinking about this situation...along with a feeling of anger that came initially, I have come to a personal decision regarding the new uniform.
Some 22 years ago... at my First Degree... I made a promise that I would promise obediance in all things lawful and righteous to my superior officers and the laws of the Order. ALL of you made that same promise! You and I were asked if we would make that promise, and we never would have gotten through the First Degree if we had said "no"! You know that and I know it, too.
So, now we are on the horns of a dilemma. A lot of us are angry, and some have stated that they will not serve as Sir Knights in the future. That is a tragic loss for all of us!
I will not be taking that position. Instead, as much as I may personally dislike the new uniform, I will purchase it....at the stated 25% "discount"...before the end of September. Why? Well, for one thing, I must refer back to something that was said to me over 50 years ago by Arnold "Red" Auerbach: "If a man's word is no good, his signature is no good, too." In other words, a man is only as good as his word. Well, I gave my word, and now it is time to "put up or shut up". Do I want to continue to serve in the Fourth Degree? ABSOLUTELY! Do I wish to start some sort of public revolution against the Order as a whole? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Nor can I support any such opposition to this. 
However, that having been said, let me add that I hope others will also give this a try, even if it does not work in the long run. If this whole thing turns out to be a disaster, Supreme will have to realize it sooner or later. If it turns out to be good for the Order as a whole, all of us should be able and willing to accept that. 
Worthy Sir Knights, the time for argument has to come to an end...sooner or later. The time for all of us to step up to the plate... and act... is upon us. I hope that enough of us will acquire the new uniform so that it can be given a chance. Perhaps...in time... another use will arise if this uniform does not accomplish whatever Supreme hopes it will accomplish. Some have even suggested that it become a "uniform" for the Third Degree, and that idea may have some merit! But that is another topic for another day, and I will not discuss it further in this venue.
So all of us have to answer a question: "Are we all on the same team...or not?" For the sake of the Order which all of us love, let us be united, rather then be divided. Yes, Supreme handed us this one, and it is now up to us to make it work. I will do my best, and I pray that everyone else will give it an honest try.
VIVAT JESUS!