Melissa Wilkinson

Frequent readers may have noticed my name in the last few issues of this newspaper. As of August 2019, I am the new managing editor of the West End Word, following the departure of my predecessor, Fran Mannino. Readers may not know, however, that fewer than 10 years ago, my aspirations were …

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Don Corrigan

Earlier this month, a frightening phalanx of “avowed socialists” went door-to-door in our state. They wore white coats to conceal their true colors, but you can bet their underwear was red with a hammer and sickle embroidered on the crotch.

david

“Frozen II” opens Nov. 22. Considering how efficient Disney is at getting the most out of its hits, I’m confident we can expect a sequel as slick as the first. I’m hoping to see a lot of my favorite character, the snowman who wants to loll on the beach. But it’s doubtful that any of the song…

david

Halloween is now Americans’ second-favorite holiday, surpassed in dollars spent only by Christmas. It’s easy to understand why. Halloween is the only major holiday that does not revolve around country, religion or family. It doesn’t call upon us to feel patriotic or pious, or to cook a big d…

Dwight Bitikofer

Walt Whitman’s legacy lives on as one of America’s best-known poets. He was born 200 years ago on Long Island, New York. His poetry, his life and his St. Louis connections are being celebrated with a special exhibit at Maryville University.

david

Philanthropy has generally been considered a good thing. The Greek roots of the word mean “love of mankind,” and who could be against that? But lately it has become controversial because of revelations about high-profile philanthropists.

Don Corrigan

Some of us, but clearly not enough of us, are enjoying a four-day work week this week. Labor Day gives us a needed breather: a chance to enjoy family on a last summer weekend; a chance to gear up for the final four months of the year.

david

Most Americans aren’t giving much thought to autonomous automobiles, except when a scare story about one of them crashing pops up in the media. But the auto-autos are coming in 5-10 years, and according to an Aug. 2 New York Times story, planners are contemplating the big changes they will m…

Don Corrigan

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has been busy signing bills and vetoing bills sent to his desk from the state legislature. With the stroke of his pen, he has made some folks happy, others not so happy.

Dwight Bitikofer

It’s hard for white folks to talk about racism. We think we are so beyond that R-word. We may have friends or associates of color. We may have voted for an African-American. We haven’t a racist bone in our bodies – we haven’t ever used the N-word.

Don Corrigan

Father’s Day weekend is nigh and it’s time to think about what being a father is all about. On Sunday, I will be downing Busch Bavarians, chomping on brats and dogs from the gas grill, and recapping the Stanley Cup series with my son, who is now on his own as a sports writer.

david

I’ve just returned from Istanbul. I’ve wanted to go there since I saw “From Russia With Love” in 1964. It was great, and now I can cross another item off my bucket list. That list is getting short — ominously so. I mean, when you come to the end of your bucket list, what then?

david

Bike to Work Day is May 17. The cold winter is over and the hot summer isn’t here yet, so it’s time to leave the old gas-guzzler/carbon-emitter behind and mount up. The first year you commute by bike, you’ll lose 13 pounds.

Don Corrigan

“Forty percent of American workers earn less than $15 an hour and about 5 percent of full-time American workers earn the minimum wage or less, which is certainly not a living wage. Forty percent of Americans don’t have $400 to deal with unexpected expenses, such as medical bills or car repairs.”