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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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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Arts & Culture
5:30 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Commentary: St. Louis’ Second Transfer Program

Susan Uchitelle.
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

Because the St. Louis Metropolitan area did such an outstanding job with its first voluntary student transfer program, fortunately or unfortunately they have now been blessed with a second one.  This transfer program however, entails just two suburban school districts, Normandy and Riverview Gardens, both of which are unaccredited. As a result, their students may transfer to another school district in the region.  2640 students have signed up to transfer.     

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Education
9:23 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Commentary: Sequestration And Our Children

Susan Uchitelle.
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

All of us should be greatly concerned that the continuation of the Sequestration will have an extremely negative impact on the future of our schools and our school age children. It adversely impacts education in many ways
 

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Commentary
5:33 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Saint Louis Art Museum's Expansion Aids City's Standing As A Cultural Center

The new East Building seen from Fine Arts Drive (north facade).
Credit (Image courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Architectural Wall Systems. Photo by Jacob Sharp)

The East Building of The Saint Louis Art Museum, designed by Sir David Chipperfield, world class architect, has been open for only a month and the crowds are still overwhelming the staff, volunteers ,and particularly the docents who have been training harder than ever to give exciting and informative tours of not only the new building, but the beautiful reinstalled galleries of the Cass Gilbert West Building.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Supporting Families And Strengthening Public Education, We Can Do Both

Chris Krehmeyer.
Courtesy of Beyond Housing

The recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling in Brietenbart v. Clayton and the subsequent events shine a light on a difficult proposition: How do we support families wanting the best education possible for their children and help struggling school districts get better?  The case was brought by families in the then unaccredited City of St. Louis Schools wanting to send their children to the affluent, successful Clayton School District.  They argued that their unaccredited district was not giving their children the education they deserved and worth what the family was paying in taxes.

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Commentary
8:59 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

The Role Of Money In The Arts

Nancy Kranzberg

Money talks, and a new book was just written by Travis Brown entitled, Money Walks. Money is the root of all evil, etc., etc. etc.

I recently attended a few of the second annual St. Louis Humanities Festival offerings. The theme this year was "Money" and the subtitle was, "Need,  Greed, and Generosity."

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Commentary
5:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Commentary: Today’s Young Adults: Cynics, Activists Or A Little Of Both?

Pete Abel
Courtesy of Pete Abel

Earlier this year, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University noted a decline in the trust young voters have in public institutions. New York Times’ columnist David Brooks offered perspective on this trend. He summarized a paper by one of his students, who argued that some members of her generation have grown so cynical that they question all promises of change unless those promises can be “tested, substantiated, and … replicated.” In other words, they have what Missourians might call a show-me attitude.

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Commentary
11:19 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Fashion And Art In St. Louis

Nancy Kranzberg

It used to be that a fashion show at a lady’s charity luncheon was a big draw. Now due to some of St. Louis' leading arts and cultural institutions such as Craft Alliance, The Contemporary Art Museum, The Sheldon Arts Foundation, and The World Chess Hall of Fame, fashion is at the fore. 

Craft Alliance has led the way with the creation of The Fashion Lab. It is a fusion of art and fashion. The program explores fashion as an art form and brings cutting-edge fashion design to the St.Louis community.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Commentary: St. Louis' Love / Hate Relationship With The Mississippi River

St. Louis has always had a love-hate relationship with the Mississippi River.  The city depends on the river for its very existence. Yet we cursed the river for giving us too little water last fall and we now curse it for giving us too much.  As is the case with so many of life’s mysteries, we need to look to poetry for insights into our complicated relationship with our river.

Seventy years ago, St. Louis native T. S. Eliot wrote The Dry Salvages, which opens with the lines:

I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river

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Commentary
5:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Early Childhood Education And Then...

Research has told us, over and over, that the benefits of early childhood education are significant.  Nobel Prize winning economist Dr. James Heckman asserts that early childhood education improves the productivity of both our children and society.    

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