Commentaries

During Morning Edition and All Things Considered, or on Cityscape

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 commentaries@stlpublicradio.org.

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Commentary
5:53 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Missisissippi River Has Inspired Art For Generations

Nancy Kranzberg

I just finished reading Paul Schneider's, "The Mississippi River in North American History." What a great read and what an amazing river. Cultures and entire civilizations have left their mark along this incredible waterway. We can view art and artifacts of the people living in and around the Mississippi now and those that perished thousands of years ago and throughout the ages in our arts and cultural institutions.

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Education
5:30 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Commentary: School Transfer Fairness

Commentator Chris Krehmeyer
Courtesy of Beyond Housing

A recent decision by the Normandy School District will set the stage for the state and our region to address the financial aspect of the student transfer law.   Whether or not you agree with their decision, Normandy was not in any financial trouble before the transfer ruling and was in full compliance of state standards of fiscal soundness.  So how did we get here?

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Education
12:09 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Commentary: Tax Credit Scholarships: A Win-Win For Everyone

Commentator Dr. James Shuls
Courtesy of Show Me Institute

Imagine going to a school where less than a quarter of students are reading on grade level and a third of your classmates will never make it to graduation. Many students in the St. Louis area do not have to imagine because that is their sad reality. Until recently, students in these failing schools have been trapped unless they could afford private school tuition or they could move to a different school district.

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Commentary
6:28 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Commentary: The Mid-America Arts Alliance Serves Our Region Well

Nancy Kranzberg

Most of us are familiar with MAC, the Missouri Arts Council, RAC, the Regional Arts Commission and A&E, the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. MAC, is of course, our state arts agency, RAC is the regional agency funded by a portion of the hotel and motel sales tax, and A&E is our privately funded arts agency. Very few folks are familiar with M-AAA, our six states regional arts alliance.

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Features
5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Unloading The Recorder: Erin Williams Shares Her Thoughts After A Year In St. Louis

St. Louis Public Radio fellowship producer Erin Williams
St. Louis Public Radio

For the past year, St. Louis Public Radio producer Erin Williams has covered regional race matters, diversity and culture as part of an inaugural fellowship made possible, in part, by a grant from the Public Policy Research Center.

Her last day is today, October 18, 2013, and we wish her well as she continues her journalism career.

Williams' commentary about her one year in St. Louis as well as her conversation with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh appear below:

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Education
5:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Commentary: Disparity Among School Districts

Commentator Tom Schlafly

In Missouri, as in most states, public schools are administered by local school boards.  The boundaries of school districts are drawn in accordance with state law. Schools are funded primarily through local property taxes. Districts with higher per capita incomes tend to have better schools.  The districts most in danger of losing their accreditation tend to be those with lower per capita incomes.

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Commentary
6:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

The Art Of Print Making

Nancy Kranzberg

When giving tours at the Saint Louis Art Museum, people often ask about prints and want to know if they are as important as paintings and I explain that they are another medium of the visual arts. People often are confused and think that prints are just copies of paintings and I have to clarify the issue and explain what a print actually is and that luminaries such as Rembrandt, Max Beckmann, Helen Frankenthaller, and Jasper Johns were painters as well as printmakers.

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Education
5:30 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Commentary: The Real Cost Of The School Transfer Program

Commentator D.J. Wilson
(Courtesy of D.J. Wilson)

Cost is factor no matter what you are buying – a six-pack of beer, a pair of jeans, a house, or for a state government, a public education for school-age children.

 Much has been said about the cost of the region’s current inter-district student transfer program. Much of what has been said about that cost has been incomplete, or ill informed.  

The one price tag that’s been floated is $35 million. Let’s break that down. 

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Commentary
9:16 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Commentary: The Circus Arts Thrive In St. Louis

Circus Flora at Night
Courtesy Circus Flora

The modern definition of a circus is based on the ancient word referring to the actual performance area, a circle of sorts, in which gladiatorial events, chariot races, etc. took place.

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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Commentary: Building The City That We Deserve

Michael Allen.
(Courtesy Jarred Gastreich)

Listeners following the city’s ongoing renaissance may have heard of a project named Midtown Station, a giant commercial center proposed for Vandeventer and Forest Park. This could be a dreadful retail strip or a game-changing development. The way it gets built matters a lot.

 

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