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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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Missouri Legislature
9:38 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Commentary: Health And The Least Of Your Sisters And Brothers

Credit Missouri Secretary of State website

I realize that in many quarters there is a feeling that all federal spending, even for vital human services, must be cut. However, if we can put that aside for the moment and look at the reality of life in Missouri, I would offer these considerations.

“The poor you will always have with you and you can help them when you will.” Mark 14:7.

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Commentary
9:34 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Impeaching Nixon, Again

October 1973
Credit Wikipedia

Nixon impeachment hearings began this week.

Not THAT Nixon. Not President Richard Milhous, who resigned 40 years ago this August rather than face House votes on three articles of impeachment. This time, the Nixon under discussion is Gov. Jeremiah Wilson “Jay,” who remains very much in power as a Missouri House committee begins consideration of three articles of impeachment against him.

Beyond the jolt of déjà vu you might get from the headline, there’s little to connect the political drama of 1973-74 and the political theater playing out now.

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Commentary
5:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Stories Of Evil And Courage Close To Home

Frazier Glenn Cross once headed a North Carolina Klan organization.
Credit Wikipedia | archival photo

The national news brought poignant remembrances of the Boston Marathon this week. Close to home, the news brought fresh, stark examples of the best and worst in human nature.

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Communists, Sports Fans, Hunters
10:30 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Commentary: Oh, That Hilarious Tax Code

April 15 is a special day -- especially for those of us who toil professionally in the tax vineyards. After 40 years, I am still amazed at the breadth and scope of our enormous body of tax law. I also never fail to be amazed and amused by all of the odd, even thigh-slappingly funny, provisions that have wormed themselves into our federal tax law. Here are a few Internal Revenue Code oddities.

Communist exemption

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Foreign Policy
10:43 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ukraine Commentary: What Happened, Why It Matters And Dangerous Myths

Ukraine
Credit World Factbook | CIA

The government of Ukraine, independent since 1991, finds itself in a position of unprecedented vulnerability. Internal disagreement over economic policy toward the European Union sparked larger discussions of identity and alignment throughout Ukraine. A pro-European movement ended up toppling the government, and deposed President Yanukovych fled the country on Feb. 22.

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Missouri Legislature
10:21 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Commentary: Historic Preservation Means Economic Growth

This building on Cherokee Street was recognized by Landmarks as an endangered property that had been enhanced.
Credit File photos | Provided by Landmarks

As the Missouri legislature debates the future of the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit program, I would like to consider the meaning of the term “historic preservation” in the context of economic development.

In this context, historic preservation simply means the repair and reuse of high quality existing buildings.

Large numbers of useful buildings in town centers and urban areas across the region are under-performing as economic assets because they need to be repaired and brought back into productive service.

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Commentary
8:42 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Lessons In Compromise From Missouri's Most Liberal Legislator

Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio.

State Rep. Rory Ellinger's colleagues paid tribute to him last week with quick passage and ceremonial signing of his bill to help breast-feeding mothers. The gesture more than the bill itself symbolizes Rory's legacy as a public servant.

Somehow, despite extreme polarization and a rightward turn in Missouri politics, one of Missouri's most liberal legislators has earned both respect and genuine affection from colleagues of all ideological stripes.

How did this happen?

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Arts & Culture
9:46 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Reflection: A Rehearsal Gives Another Dimension As A Ballerina Returns To Stage

Credit sxc.hu | Gwenniejjj

Lithe and assured, Amanda McKerrow dances with students in the Principia College studio with the same ethereal grace and authenticity that characterized her celebrated career as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

One of the things that makes watching her special is that she has not performed on stage since 2006, although earlier videos of McKerrow’s exquisite artistry can be viewed online. This weekend, however, she will perform in an original piece, “Found,” choreographed by her husband John Gardner, also a former ABT soloist.

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Commentary
3:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons

Nancy Kranzberg

It's time for my yearly update on Grand Center. What a happening and hopping place it has become. There have been dozens of additions to the arts district and still more are about to open.

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Commentary
10:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis History Is A Hit With Current Residents

A piece of tin enameled ceramic from the colonial period found in the archeological dig below site below the Poplar Street Bridge. It is likely a Spanish ceramic of polychrome majolica.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

News is usually, well, new. But some of our most interesting stories recently have focused on things that are old – really old.

This week, Alex Heuer reported that construction under the Poplar Street Bridge has unearthed remnants of one of St. Louis’ original French houses – something historians never expected to find. Shards of pottery are a clue that the city’s residents may have been more prosperous than previously thought.

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