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Code Of Conduct
11:08 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Commentary: Informed People Can Help Reduce Sex Trafficking

Molly Hackett
Credit Provided by Nix Conference and Meeting Management

Jan. 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

You may assume that human trafficking has nothing to do with you, and that there’s nothing you can do about it. If so, you would be wrong.

The average age of a child recruited into sex trafficking is just 12. When we tell that to people who know little about human trafficking, particularly child sex trafficking, we see them literally take a step back.

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9:10 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

Commentary: Is It Time To Question The Very Structure Of Government

Credit Wikipedia

A recent David Brooks column in the New York Times dealt with the frozen gridlocked government in Washington, D.C.  This gridlock prevents the enactment of new programs or the adaptation of existing ones.

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9:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Editor's Weekly: How Missouri's Legislature Is Like A Snowstorm

Thomas Jefferson in Jefferson City
Credit Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Two topics dominated St. Louisans' news this week -- unusual cold and snow returned to our region and Missouri legislators returned to Jefferson City.

It would be snarky to ask which poses the greater threat to public welfare. Yet as the bad weather rolled out and the legislators rolled in, I couldn't help but notice certain parallels in the way we think about these natural and political phenomena.

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Remember Lou Gehrig
9:56 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Commentary: Sports Teaches That All Can Be Replaced Even Michigan State Leaders

Lou Gehrig
Credit Wikipedia

You may not have heard of him but baseball historians well remember Walter Clement “Wally” Pipp. He was the starting first-base man on the 1925 New York Yankees.

One day, the story goes, he arrived at the ballpark complaining of a terrible headache. Manager Miller Huggins overheard Pipp asking the trainer for aspirin and subsequently told him to take the day off to recuperate. 

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On Cherokee Street
10:48 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Reflection: Revisionist Inn Provides High Quality Artistic Productions With Low-Level Promotion

Detail from the woman behind the mirror
Credit Mike Pagano

The Revisionist Inn has hosted many events you have probably missed. The current offering – an art exhibit titled Still Moving opened Jan. 3 with the type of fanfare that is typical of a Revisionist Inn event. There was live music, lots of it. The gallery owner/director, Paul Fernandes’ daughter Bernadette cooked up a feast of vegetarian curry and miscellaneous deliciousness.

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9:17 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Letters From Honduras: Fires That Destroy And Cleanse

Door to destruction
Credit Courtesy by Michael Dulick

Christmas had us coming and going. And not just here in Honduras.

A week before Christmas, my sister Barb arrived at her St. Louis city home about 5 p.m., threw a big bag of Christmas presents and her even bigger purse on the couch, coaxed Jah the dog, blind and frail, out the door, and went for a walk. She returned to find her house lit up like a torch, in flames and smoke.

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3:20 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Use Of Text In Works Of Art

Nancy Kranzberg

When viewing St. Louisans Alison and John Ferring's fabulous contemporary art collection, I noticed that many of the works contained text. There were works by Suzanne McClelland, Kara Walker, Jenny Holzer and many other well-known artists who frequently incorporate text in their works of art.

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Politics & Issues
10:54 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Shining Light on Execution Controversies

Credit (via Wikimedia Commons/Noahudlis)

Missouri's new execution drug continues to spark controversy -- or, to be more precise, several controversies. The death penalty raises ethical, legal and practical questions. And this situation raises another overarching issue as well -- government secrecy.

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Sentences Commuted
11:25 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Commentary: Of Criminal Justice And Executive Reprieves

President Barack Obama
Credit Pete Souza | White House | 2010 photo

You can be just or you can be merciful but it’s damned hard to be both simultaneously. Barack Obama may have pulled off that difficult trick when he recently commuted the sentences of eight people serving extended time for crack cocaine violations.

Perhaps moved by the holiday spirit, the president exercised his constitutional authority to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States” and released the federally imprisoned octet in time for its members to be home for Christmas.

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5:30 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Commentary: Education Standards for All

Commentator Susan Uchitelle
Provided by Susan Uchitelle

I believe that it is vitally important for students to use critical thinking in all of their education courses as it is the essence to successful retention of knowledge since one should systematically work through any problem or challenge presented.

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