Commentaries http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Editor's Weekly: Stories Of Evil And Courage Close To Home http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-stories-evil-and-courage-close-home <p>The national news brought poignant remembrances of the Boston Marathon this week. Close to home, the news brought fresh, stark examples of the best and worst in human nature.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:10:04 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 35363 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Stories Of Evil And Courage Close To Home Commentary: Oh, That Hilarious Tax Code http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-oh-hilarious-tax-code <p>April 15 is a special day -- especially for those of us who toil professionally in the tax vineyards. After 40 years, I am still amazed at the breadth and scope of our enormous body of tax law. I also never fail to be amazed and amused by all of the odd, even thigh-slappingly funny, provisions that have wormed themselves into our federal tax law. Here are a few Internal Revenue Code oddities.</p><p></p><p><strong>Communist exemption</strong></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:30:49 +0000 Lawrence Katzenstein 35199 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Oh, That Hilarious Tax Code Ukraine Commentary: What Happened, Why It Matters And Dangerous Myths http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-commentary-what-happened-why-it-matters-and-dangerous-myths <p>The government of Ukraine, independent since 1991, finds itself in a position of unprecedented vulnerability. Internal disagreement over economic policy toward the European Union sparked larger discussions of identity and alignment throughout Ukraine. A pro-European movement ended up toppling the government, and deposed President Yanukovych fled the country on Feb. 22.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 03:43:17 +0000 Monica Eppinger 35155 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ukraine Commentary: What Happened, Why It Matters And Dangerous Myths Commentary: Historic Preservation Means Economic Growth http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-historic-preservation-means-economic-growth <p>As the Missouri legislature debates the future of the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit program, I would like to consider the meaning of the term “historic preservation” in the context of economic development.</p><p>In this context, historic preservation simply means the repair and reuse of high quality existing buildings.</p><p>Large numbers of useful buildings in town centers and urban areas across the region are under-performing as economic assets because they need to be repaired and brought back into productive service.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 03:21:51 +0000 Andrew Weil 35054 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Historic Preservation Means Economic Growth Editor's Weekly: Lessons In Compromise From Missouri's Most Liberal Legislator http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-lessons-compromise-missouris-most-liberal-legislator <p>State Rep. Rory Ellinger's colleagues paid tribute to him last week with quick passage and ceremonial signing of his bill to help breast-feeding mothers. The gesture more than the bill itself symbolizes Rory's legacy as a public servant.</p><p>Somehow, despite extreme polarization and a rightward turn in Missouri politics, one of Missouri's most liberal legislators has earned both respect and genuine affection from colleagues of all ideological stripes.</p><p>How did this happen?</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:42:37 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 35088 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Lessons In Compromise From Missouri's Most Liberal Legislator Reflection: A Rehearsal Gives Another Dimension As A Ballerina Returns To Stage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-rehearsal-gives-another-dimension-ballerina-returns-stage <p>Lithe and assured, Amanda McKerrow dances with students in the Principia College studio with the same ethereal grace and authenticity that characterized her celebrated career as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.</p><p>One of the things that makes watching her special is that she has not performed on stage since 2006, although earlier videos of McKerrow’s exquisite artistry can be viewed online. This weekend, however, she will perform in an original piece, “Found,” choreographed by her husband John Gardner, also a former ABT soloist.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 02:46:36 +0000 Kathie Bassett 35056 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: A Rehearsal Gives Another Dimension As A Ballerina Returns To Stage Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/grand-center-arts-district-widens-its-horizons <p>It's time for my yearly update on Grand Center. What a happening and hopping place it has become. There have been dozens of additions to the arts district and still more are about to open.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:33:08 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 35049 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons Editor's Weekly: St. Louis History Is A Hit With Current Residents http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-st-louis-history-hit-current-residents <p>News is usually, well, new. But some of our most interesting stories recently have focused on things that are old – really old.</p><p>This week, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/first-evidence-french-colonial-homes-discovered-under-poplar-street-bridge" target="_self">Alex Heuer reported</a> that construction under the Poplar Street Bridge has unearthed remnants of one of St. Louis’ original French houses – something historians never expected to find. Shards of pottery are a clue that the city’s residents may have been more prosperous than previously thought.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 03:58:57 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 34990 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: St. Louis History Is A Hit With Current Residents Reflection: Vintage Wine Of ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Remains Fresh And Piquant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/reflection-vintage-wine-grapes-wrath-remains-fresh-and-piquant <p><em>From April 1-6, the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival will explore “Migration and Mobility.” A series of programs will examine connections among migration, immigration and culture, locally and globally. Most events are free. For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.mohumanities.org/the-greater-st-louis-humanities-festival/">festival website</a>. </em></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:37:22 +0000 Cliff Froehlich 34881 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Reflection: Vintage Wine Of ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Remains Fresh And Piquant Commentary On Lessons From The ZMD: Efficiency And Accountability Don’t Work Well Together http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-lessons-zmd-efficiency-and-accountability-don-t-work-well-together <p>American governmental structure began to take on its present form during the Progressive Reform Era, 1900-1915. Progressives decried the waste and corruption in government at all levels and desired professional administration based on fixed principles.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 03:28:23 +0000 Lana Stein 34697 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary On Lessons From The ZMD: Efficiency And Accountability Don’t Work Well Together