A city searching for hope
Oct11

A city searching for hope

St. Louis is a city searching for hope. After decades of decline and population loss, the St. Louis region, like a busted blackjack player eyeing the dealer while thumbing his last two chips, is constantly looking for that next big thing that’s going to turn it all around. This week that hope comes in the form of another proposal for a Major League Soccer team and new downtown stadium. Before that it was a new Rams football stadium....

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Bob Romanik is a Racist and It’s Time to Shut Him Down
Oct04

Bob Romanik is a Racist and It’s Time to Shut Him Down

The self-proclaimed “Grim Reaper of Radio” has for years spewed his hate on the airwaves of St. Louis from across the river at his Belleville AM radio station, KQQZ. But last week, Romanik exploded in a racist rage after reading our last issue of The NorthSider. In response to a story in our September 20 issue on the possible closing of the North City Urgent Care Center, one of only a few such facilities offering medical services in...

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Democrats and McCaskill Owe Black Voters More
Sep22

Democrats and McCaskill Owe Black Voters More

It’s that time again. Black radio is filled with political advertisements featuring African-American voices urging us to vote for Missouri Democrats. Stay clear of Republicans, they warn. Republicans like Josh Hawley, the young Attorney General challenging two-term U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, is a tool of Donald Trump. If he gets to the Senate, he’ll help Trump push his agenda, they warn, an agenda deeply harmful to blacks and poor...

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Black and ‘progressive’ agendas don’t always align
Sep05

Black and ‘progressive’ agendas don’t always align

It has never been an easy alliance. On the surface it would appear that black elected officials would find a natural ally in white elected officials who label themselves as progressives. Both sides say they support an end to systemic racism in the region and the state. Both sides say they are ready to change the “good ol’ boy” ways of St. Louis City Hall that have long seen nepotism and cronyism get in the way of progress and new...

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