St. Louis Mayoral Race, Sequestration Hit Home No Matter Where You Live

The St. Louis mayor’s race and the sequestration debate in Washington might seem like distant issues. But Beacon reporting this week explored what’s at stake for residents of our region.

Read Margaret Freivogel’s commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary

Commentary: Expose The Hidden Costs Of River Transportation

Two critics of U.S. waterway policies say too much emphasis has been  placed on the contributions of river transportation to the national economy while the costs and negative impacts of the system have been routinely ignored.

Read the commentary by Brad Walker and Bob Criss in the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary, Economy, Issues

Small Farmer Confronts Big Ag At The Supreme Court

Critics of Big Agriculture could not have found a more appealing standard bearer than Vernon Hugh Bowman. But his case before the Supreme Court shows how appeals to the heart can contrast sharply with those to the head. Read Margaret Freivogel’s commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary, Economy, Issues

Commentary: Veolia Would Be Bad News For St. Louis

One of the issues that has come up during the mayor’s race is a proposed contract with Veolia to review operations of the city’s water division. Outsourcing concerns aside, Veolia’s disastrous record from environmental, labor, and human rights standpoints is sufficient to reject the company, says Anna Baltzer. Read her commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary

A Day For All Presidents, Including Rutherford B. Hayes

During the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes, the first phone was installed in the White House and the Easter egg roll started, which isn’t really enough to make him an icon in American history.

Read this Presidents’ Day special report  from John C. Wade. 

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary

Reporting On Race And Sexuality Can Shed Light Or Spread Heat

This week, the Beacon covered race in the St. Louis mayor’s race and launched a four-part series on changing attitudes about sexuality and gender. Such potentially incendiary topics are a test of character for any news organization. Read Margaret Freivogel’s commentary in the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary, Issues

City Water Department Is Not Being Privatized

A consulting deal to improve water provision in St. Louis is being jeopardized by political attacks,  says David Stokes of the Show-Me Institute. Read his commentary in the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary

Looking Ahead For The St. Louis Mayor

The city continues to have attractive attributes that the mayor should sell and that will, in turn, help attract new housing and jobs, says UMSL political science professor Lana Stein. Read her commentary at the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary

Kirkwood’s Journey Has Been Deeply Personal For One Reporter

Writing about Kirkwood after the City Hall shootings has been intensely personal for William H. Freivogel and his wife Margaret Wolf Freivogel, Beaon editor, both grew up in Kirkwood and live there now. Read William Freivogel’s report for the St. Louis Beacon.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary, Guns & Safety, Issues

Do As I Say: The Political Advice Column From Jeff Smith

Smith, the former Missouri legislator, provides advice to a lobbyist considering a job switch and a political spouse who fears her husband may have wandering eyes.

Read his column at City & State.

Posted in Across the Spectrum, Commentary