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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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Visual Arts
10:27 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Layers Reveal Truths About Challenges And Beauty In RAC Show

David Dolak – Untitled 6 Panel Configuration
Credit Provided by RAC

Rene Dimanche of the Regional Arts Commission has gathered three artists whose combined work makes manifest aspects of the human condition that are difficult to express. Dimanche writes that in their group exhibit, Irrevocable Fragments, artists Byron Darnell Rogers, David Dolak and Clayvon Ambrose Wesley “deal with the disintegration and re-integration of information we digest from places and people we come across in our lives.”

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Commentary
10:48 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Tracking Money In Politics

Rex Sinquefield
Credit Rexsinquefield.org

The latest chapter of Power Players – Jason Rosenbaum's periodic watchdog report on political fundraising in Missouri – shows that Democrats topped Republicans in collecting big donations in 2013. But Rex Sinquefield was the state's most prolific donor. Again.

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St. Louis Media
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Reflection: Look Back At Media Hall Of Famers Fox, Graczak, Weil And Defty

Credit Wikipedia

When word came that four former Post-Dispatch people were being inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame, we asked our own Robert W. Duffy to reflect on those he had worked with.

I finally plowed my way into the newsroom of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1972 not as a registered, pedigreed member “Of the Post-Dispatch Staff” but as what’s called a stringer in the business, otherwise known as a free-lancer or correspondent.

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Not Robin Hood
4:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Commentary: Cursing Toddler And Chris Christie Stories Show Harm Done By Thugs

Robin Hood statue in Nottingham, England
Credit Wikipedia

In America, we celebrate our thugs. They’re entrenched in the popular culture as familiar threads in the social fabric —collectively speaking, an integral part of who we are. After all, who didn’t like Tony Soprano?

Because they exist in the shared imagination as mythical figures, it really doesn’t matter that much whether the thugs are real or fictional. Al Capone and Don Corleone are equally well remembered.

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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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Gridlock
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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Commentary
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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Commentary
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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