I got the solution to my problem and would like to sare it for those searching this board.
Yes, it's a permissions problem.
grep knoppix /etc/group
That will give you a list of groups ( the single word before any colons ).
usermod -G <list of groups> bmike1
Replace '<list of groups>' with the groups you found with the grep command.
Then need to be seperated by commas and NO spaces.
Once you've done that run the grep again. You should be bmike1 listed for
each of the groups as well. If it is log out, then login again to get the
new permissions to take effect.