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



Gay Rights
10:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player

Credit Rams media

When Michael Sam finally got the call that the St. Louis Rams had drafted him, he turned to his partner, they embraced and kissed. This scene has played out every year during the NFL draft and rarely garners national attention. The difference this time is that Michael Sam is gay and he kissed his boyfriend.

Read more
9:46 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Keeping An Eye On Student Transfers

The Missouri House
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Missouri legislative session’s finale played out this week with members in their usual swivet of last-minute activity and suspense. Watching the action in the closing days is like watching the cap dance at a Cardinals’ game — blink and you lose track of what’s going on.

Read more
Lessons from a 'pop-up' marke
9:54 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Commentary: Market Highlights Possibilities Around MetroLink

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

What better way to show potential development in an area than to actually have that development “pop-up” for all to see. That was Citizens for Modern Transit’s idea when it launched the Metro Market at the finish line celebration of CMT’s Great Race on May 8 at the Shrewsbury-Lansdowne MetroLink Station.

Read more
Tax cuts
1:18 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Commentary: Did Missouri Conservatives Just Peak?

Credit (via Flickr/Tax Credits)

The state Legislature recently put in place a series of tax cuts, overriding Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto. It was a banner day for the Republicans and their allies who drove the fight, including the hard-right national group, ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, business organizations, and multi-millionaire libertarian Rex Sinquefield. The current House speaker, Tim Jones, from exurban St. Louis, serves on the board of ALEC; and many other Republican state legislators are ALEC members.

Read more
5:18 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Commentary: Can We Ever Get Beyond Us Vs. Them?

Credit freeimages

Our world is never free of conflict. There are many “we” versus “they” imbroglios in which an exalted group lets pride lead to disdain, second-class status, or even violence against those outside the group. The lines of demarcation include race, ethnicity, religion or nationhood.

Read more
Mike Anderson
11:26 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Commentary: What Is The Point Of Prison?

Credit (via Flickr/neil conway)

The saga of Mike Anderson, a man convicted of armed robbery 13 years ago and amazingly never put in prison (except for a few months at the time he should have been released), is seemingly at an end. A circuit judge decided that making Anderson serve his sentence would “serve no purpose” and released him to live the rest of his life a free man.

The series of events raises troubling questions on the front end of the Missouri criminal justice system: How could a person guilty of a serious crime be able to escape punishment without anyone noticing?

Read more
8:40 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Commentary: Normandy Superintendent Urges Legislature To Act

Superintendent Tyrone McNichols
Credit Normandy School District

As superintendent of the Normandy School District, I urge our legislators and governor to reform the school transfer law before the end of this year’s session. Getting this done now is critical for our district and for metropolitan districts throughout the state.

Read more
5:17 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Commentary: St. Louis Has A Thriving Drag And Burlesque Scene

Nancy Kranzberg

In the past couple of months drag shows and a lively burlesque scene in our city have been brought to my attention.

In January, drag shows moved from the bars to such places as The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts where Tyler Cross (stage name Siren) performed with other drag divas and Washington University's 7th annual drag show was for the first time held in the mainstream Danforth University Center.

Read more
10:10 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Robert Joiner's Untold Story

Robert Joiner

Robert Joiner, St. Louis Public Radio’s health reporter, is not the kind of person who calls attention to himself. At staff meetings, he speaks sparingly. He chooses words carefully.

It’s worth paying attention to what he thinks.

Read more
Stages St. Louis
10:56 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Reflection: Stages' 'Patsy Cline' Offers A Good Time And A Generous Spotlight

Zoe Vonder Haar and Jacqueline Petroccia as Louise Seger and Patsy Cline in Stages' presentation of “Always…Patsy Cline.”
Credit Peter Wochniak | Pro Photo STL

From the minute Patsy Cline’s biggest fan demands “How y’all doin’?” you just know it’s just a matter of time before she’s side-by-side with the singer, doing the swim to “Stupid Cupid.” Watch out, front row and bald-headed men, the spotlight's headed your way too.

Read more