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Commentaries are opinion pieces provided by a wide variety of individuals in the St. Louis region. They are not necessarily the opinion of St. Louis Public Radio, but are intended to reflect diverse viewpoints on issues affecting our region. To submit a commentary or proposal, email



1:09 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Commentary: Bridges Can Help Heal St. Louis; Build Them One Conversation at a Time

Yemi Akande-Bartsch
Credit Provided by FOCUS

In the aftermath of Ferguson, voices in our region have called for many things – for peace, for justice, for dialogue, for answers, for change, for healing. The issues at hand are complex, which makes the call for leadership all that much greater.

Our frustration and sadness over what is still lacking or broken should not overshadow our gratitude for what we do have, or our motivation to make things better for our neighbor and region. One of the ways in which we can begin to do that is to build community and trust, one conversation at a time.

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6:24 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Commentary: Physical Theater Expands Sensory Awareness In The Arts

Nancy Kranzberg

Leave it to the Berkshire summer arts festivals to open my eyes even wider to the arts. While there this past summer, I was turned on to physical theater in more ways than one.

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Justified Shooting
11:21 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Commentary: The Wilson Case Illustrates Why We Should Change Missouri’s Use Of Force Law

Credit (via Flickr/kcds)

In the next few weeks and months, we’ll be arguing and disagreeing over the evidence disclosed in the massive data dump from the Ferguson grand jury materials. But if you skip to the end of the grand jury transcripts, all the way in volume 24, the last 15 or so pages, there’s an important point about Missouri law we should all agree on: The Missouri statute on law enforcement officer’s use of force needs to be changed, and now.

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8:41 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Editor's Weekly: A Thanksgiving For Harsh Realities

Used cars that burned Monday night.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

The bleak reality of St. Louis this Thanksgiving casts the holiday in shadows deeper than any I can recall – save one other year.

Those shadows harbor our region’s flaws – recent and longstanding, absurd and epic, unwitting and unforgivable. Since Aug. 9, these shortcomings have been on display in stark silhouette against the unrelenting spotlight of international media attention.

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3:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Editor's Weekly: The Long Wait

Nixon and law enforcement chiefs
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louisans may disagree on many things related to Michael Brown’s death, but we’ve been united in anxiety during the long wait for a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

When? What then? How will that affect each of us immediately and all of us long term? These questions have been hanging over everyone — from those directly involved in the protest or law enforcement to those who live far from Ferguson and see no direct connection to the issues raised there.

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Replacing Nicastro
5:59 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Should Take Its Time In Finding New Education Commissioner

How does Missouri make its classrooms better?
Credit St. Louis Public Radio File Photo

Missouri’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Chris Nicastro has tendered her resignation as of December 2014 and there will be an important search for a new commissioner to fill that position. The deadline for nominations and applications is Nov. 21, a date that is later than the board chair wanted.

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After Ferguson
10:37 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Commentary: How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?

Protester outside Ferguson Walmart during Ferguson October
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

There is a region-wide level of discomfort and tension. Everyone is worried about what happens if the grand jury comes back and does not indict Darren Wilson. The disturbing part of this current discomfort is the absolute chasm between the African-American and white perspective.

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6:26 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Commentary: The Body In Repose Frequently Inspires Art

Nancy Kranzberg

I love some of the titles of art exhibitions. I recently saw a unique exhibition entitled, "Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose" at the Palm Springs Art Museum's location in Palm Desert, California.

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10:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Four Questions About The Election

Protesters at Steve Stenger's election party being subdued and arrested.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

Tuesday’s election would be boring. Vote anyway. That’s what I said last week. But election night turned out to be anything but boring. And so many voters turned out in St. Louis County that a fifth of the polling places ran out of paper ballots.

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Protection Available
11:04 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Commentary: Domestic Violence, Crimes Against Immigrants Often Hide In Plain Sight

Credit U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Miguel tries to protect his mom when his father hits her, but he knows that when his parents think he is asleep, the shouting and hitting will start up again. He wonders if it is his fault. He considers running away from home, but that would mean leaving his little sister. He is also afraid of seeking help because, although he was born here, his mom came to this country without a visa. Miguel thinks his mom might get in trouble if anyone finds out.

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