Commentaries

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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 commentaries@stlpublicradio.org.

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Death Penalty
10:45 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Reporting On Execution Procedures Missouri Wants To Keep Secret

Pentobarbital
Credit via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School

Chris McDaniel this week continued his string of significant reports on Missouri’s execution procedure. With painstaking work over several months, Chris and Veronique LaCapra have managed to develop a clear picture of a procedure that officials would rather keep secret. Among the key points they have reported:

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Two Shows
10:10 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Reflection: Words And Art Combine At Fort Gondo, Beverly With Provocative Result

Works by Spector (top) and Bang
Credit Provided by Fort Gondo

Two shows – one by up-and-coming artist and poet John Cummins and Aron Fisher; the other by established St. Louis art world fixtures Buzz Spector and Mary Jo Bang --share more than architecture at the neighboring Fort Gondo and Beverly galleries. These two-person art exhibits, Conversed and Otherwise, pair text and art object that are increasingly interesting as they are explored.

Otherwise

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Crime
10:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Commentary: As We Learn More About Adam Lanza We Consider The Devil's Workshop

Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

It’s been my experience that people are normally murdered for one of two reasons: money or sex. When I share that observation, somebody will invariably suggest that I add narcotics to my short list of prime motives for slaughter. That idea seems reasonable at first but upon further review, it turns out to be redundant.

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On Chess
10:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Meier's Chess Club Victory Adds To Growing Local Reputation

GM Georg Meier is one of the top players at Webster University's elite collegiate chess program.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

Webster University’s Georg Meier etched his name in the St. Louis record books over the weekend by winning the 6th annual Club Championship, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL).

Meier, 26, is a world-class grandmaster who ranks No. 2 in Germany and No. 141 in the world.

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Education
10:23 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Commentary: Capitalism Is Not Causing The Crisis

Capitalism gives consumers choices.
Credit linder6580 | sxc.hu

“Capitalism is the crisis.” So read a banner hung off of an overpass on eastbound Interstate 44 heading toward downtown St. Louis. But what did it mean?

Capitalism is characterized by private as opposed to government ownership of the capital used in the production and distribution of goods. This is done in the pursuit of profit.

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Education
5:30 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Commentary: Public Education's Big Fix

In the coming weeks the future of the Normandy School District and that of every other district in the state will determined by the elected leadership in Jefferson City.  Normandy, currently unaccredited, will run out of money at some point between April and the end of the school year.  This topic covers so many difficult areas to not only talk about but also find consensus: public education, race, poverty and power.

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St. Louis Symphony
2:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Other Voices: 'The Most Significant American Orchestral Work Never Played In America'

John Cage
Credit Wikipedia

Last week, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra took over the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

That symphony musicians play at the Pulitzer is not news. Ensembles have been bringing new works to the Grand Center neighbor for some time. But this time it was the entire orchestra and the work was a major piece by an American composer that had not be presented in this country before.

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Who Is Poor?
8:12 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Could Do Better In Fighting Poverty

Credit Maria Vladimirova

This month marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

This central pillar of Johnson’s Great Society was designed to finally defeat the age­old scourge of poverty and destitution in the United States. Major programs that were part of the War on Poverty include Medicare and Medicaid, Head Start and Food Stamps.

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Defining Reform
10:55 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Commentary: Normandy School Reform Is Already Light Years Ahead of State Officials

Normandy High School
Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

Normandy School District.

Now is the time to change how these three words take on meaning in our collective awareness. As one of the instructional coaches brought in by the district’s new leaders last summer, I offer a couple of images to help outsiders — especially our state legislators and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education — see us for real.

12 Years A Slave

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Crime
7:20 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Commentary: Echoes Of Gunfire -- A Man Dead, FBI To Investigate Police

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Let’s begin by acknowledging that the words “legal” and “wise” are not synonyms. It would be legal, for instance, to install aluminum siding on my brick home but that would probably not be a wise course of action. Just because there is no legal barrier to doing something, it does not necessarily follow that it’s a good idea to do so.

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