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9:06 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Commentary: Temper The Economic Optimism For 2014

Credit dleafy |

The end of the year is always a time to take stock of what has transpired during the past year and what is likely to happen in the one about to begin.  Let’s do so by considering several key economic measures.

Economic expansion limped along for another year.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP), adjusted for inflation, is the best measure of the economy’s total output. It increased this year, but not nearly as fast as many would hope, especially three years out form the end of the Great Recession.

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Politics & Issues
5:30 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Commentary: A Good Problem To Have: City Needs Better Planning To Keep Up With Central Corridor

Recently St. Louisans heard the news: we’re getting IKEA.  Well, we’re getting an IKEA that will occupy a big concrete box with 700 parking spaces and a handful of trees around it.

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School Transfers
11:38 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

From The Editor: Children Should Come First, But How?

All say they are working for the children
Credit laura00 |

Students are counting the days until winter break, but there's no break in sight in the controversies over school quality and student transfers.

In recent days, education reporters Tim Lloyd and Dale Singer took the lead in covering developments for the newly combined news operations of St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon. Their work was a good example of how we can serve you better together.

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Electronic Cigarettes
11:24 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Commentary: Congress, Grunts And Former Smokers Should Embrace The Suck

Nancy Pelosi
Credit Wikipedia

A Words to Live By award goes to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who reportedly advised her fellow Democrats to “embrace the suck” and vote for the budget agreement crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

It seems that liberal colleagues objected to certain provisions of the compromise but Pelosi believed a flawed deal beat no deal at all. Her half-a-loaf-is-better-than-nothing approach was reminiscent of the practicality that once characterized negotiations on Capitol Hill.

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Safety Net
6:47 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Commentary: The ‘Frugal Comfort’ Of Minimum Wage

Workers demonstrate in support of a higher minimum wage earlier this month.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

A push is going on to enact a $15-an-hour minimum wage. While some increase may be justified, that would make it more than a safety net.

 The Churchillian observation raises an interesting question: why should the queen concern herself with the minimum wage? After all, she’s always been rather well compensated for her labors, whatever those may be. 

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5:09 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Commentary: Disability Employment Should Not Be A 'Special' Issue

Kathleen Martinez
Credit Courtesy Starkloff Disability Institute

In a speech sponsored by the Starkloff Disability Institute, the assistant secretary of labor and head of the Office of Disability Employment Policy spells out why hiring people with disabilities makes good sense. The remarks have been edited for length and clarity.

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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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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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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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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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