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
5:30 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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Commentary
11:33 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

The Intersection Of Chess And Art

Nancy Kranzberg

On a recent trip to Ojai, California, I visited the Ojai Valley Museum and was pleasantly treated to an installation entitled "Luster vs. Raku" that featured an oversized chess board of sculpted equine pieces finished with Beatrice Wood's famed luster glaze. Wood was known for her shimmering pots and long, extraordinary life as both a ceramicist and theatrical character in the arts. She was also known for her connection to the famous Dada artist, Marcel Duchamp.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Commentary: Veolia Not Beneficial To St. Louis City's Future Well-Being

Colleen Kelly.
(Courtesy of Colleen Kelly)

(Editors note: Scroll down for Veolia's response to this commentary)

Water is our most essential shared resource. The quality of our water relates directly to our health and the well-being of our city. 

Public reinvestment and political commitment to public water is critical. St. Louis does face real challenges. We need to address the declining population, increasing environmental management issues and especially our need to reinvest in our aging water infrastructure.  

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Contract With Veolia Would Benefit Saint Louis Water Services

David Stokes
Show Me Institute

Innovation comes from the private sector. You don’t have to be a radical capitalist to agree with that simple truth.  For example, a private inventor, not a government water company, devised the water meter.   St. Louis residents will benefit from the proposed consulting deal with a private company to improve the city’s water division.     

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Commentary
12:34 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

What Is Art?

Nancy Kranzberg

Kristina Van Dyke, Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, recently gave a lecture to the St. Louis Art Museum docents on African art in the museum's collection. A definition of art rolled off her tongue very smoothly and eloquently. She said, "What is art? It is an expression of what it means to be human.

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Commentary
8:54 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Arts As An Economic Force

Nancy Kranzberg

The arts are and have always been a driving economic force in the city, not only in our city, but virtually in cities around the world.

Marilu Knode of Laumeier Sculpture Park recently gave a talk at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in their annual "What is a City" conference presented by the Center for the Humanities. The talk was entitled, "Global Impact of the Arts on the City." She gave some incredible statistics, for example, that the first Venice Biennale in Italy was founded in 1895 specifically to create an art market for contemporary art.

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Arts & Culture
5:33 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Turning My Back On The Boy Scouts

Every February since I was eleven years old, my thoughts turn to the Boy Scouts of America. February is the month in which Scouting celebrates its birth as a beloved American institution. But Scouting did not originate in the United States. It took shape from the vision and dedication of a highly decorated British soldier, Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell.  His birthday was February 22, 1857. He is credited with founding the Scouting movement in 1908.

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Commentary
5:33 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Public Defense System's Problem Management, Not Resources

Jennifer Joyce.
(Courtesy of SC Ryan Counsulting)

I’ve known professor Michael Wolff since he taught me in law school 25 years ago, so I was eager to hear his recent on-air opinion piece about Missouri’s Public Defender system.  I’m pleased to say that Professor Wolff and Missouri’s prosecutors agree on many of the points he raises in his opinion piece.  We agree that it is the role of prosecutors to pursue justice, and that that justice can only occur when there are qualified, experienced defense attorneys and prosecutors.

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Commentary
5:33 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The Cost Of Northside Regeneration

Michael Allen, Commentator.
(Courtesy Jarred Gastreich)

In 1850, Colonel John O’Fallon led a group of investors in creating the St. Louis Place subdivision just north of St. Louis’ central city. The large plat included a public park, land for housing and sites for churches and businesses. The group had just one issue: the land was outside of the city limits, which would be extended west in 1855.

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Commentary
5:33 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Setting A Better Example For The Younger Generation

This month, I started my second semester teaching part-time at the University of Missouri St. Louis.  While it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a number of years, I confess to doubts when I walked into that first classroom.  Would these students want to learn?  Would they be capable of learning?  Would they show up because they valued higher education or only because someone compelled them to be there? 
 

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