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Marty Rochester

Finding off ramp for Putin is best case resolution for Ukraine

MARTY ROCHESTERPublished April 3, 2022

As I am writing this op-ed, Ukraine is the No. 1 subject occupying worldwide media attention. We do not know how the Ukraine conflict will end. Predictions range from Russia annexing Ukraine to its settling for regime change to its willingness to restore...

Young participants wave Israeli flags at the ‘Walk in Support of Israel’ held Sunday at the I.E. Millstone Jewish Community Campus. More than 500 people turned out for the event, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. See Bob Cohn’s story and additional photos on page 4. For a gallery of more than 100 images from the event, visit stljewishlight.com/multimedia. Photo: Andrew Kerman

Why do Jews flock together?

MARTY ROCHESTERPublished February 21, 2022

Most readers of the Jewish Light are Jewish, as I am. I am guessing that most of your friends are Jewish. Am I wrong? I would be willing to bet the house that I am right.  I reflected on my own experience. My gut told me that most of the people my...

Andy Mesnier salutes after placing a new American flag at the grave of a veteran at New Mount Sinai Cemetery on Sunday morning. Mesnier, of Troop 982, based at Sorrento Springs Elementary School in Ballwin, was one of close to 100 Boy Scouts who came to the cemetery to place flags. Boy Scouts from Troop 11, based at Temple Israel also participated. About 275 scouts visited each Jewish cemetery on Sunday.

If I had a hammer: Speaking out for Uncle Sam

MARTY ROCHESTERPublished August 2, 2021

Hammer thrower Gwen Berry achieved notoriety recently when at a U.S. Olympics trial she turned her back to the American flag as the national anthem was played and covered her head with a black T-shirt. She had qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team at the...

A call across the aisle for a respectful conversation

A call across the aisle for a respectful conversation

MARTY ROCHESTERPublished May 21, 2021

I frequently have noted that I spent my early adulthood as a liberal, supporting Democratic Party candidates, the welfare state and other manifestatiwons of liberalism.  For example, I was president of the Young Democrats as an undergraduate in college...

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The world could stand a large dose of the Rebbe’s wisdom

Marty RochesterPublished April 23, 2021

We are living at a time when both parties are telling us how bad things are.  Recall that Donald Trump’s 2016 inaugural address was characterized by the media as bleak, unusually dark and focused on addressing what Trump called “American carnage,”...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Oy vey: The excesses of identity politics

Marty RochesterPublished March 25, 2021

I enjoy stories about Jewish celebrities in the Jewish Light. However, in a recent issue, the author of a “Jewish Guide to the 2021 Golden Globes” irritated me when he wrote about the film “Mank,” “(which) is about a ‘real’ Jew. … There...

Photo: Lloyd Wolf

Condemn rioters, not the whole party

By Marty RochesterPublished January 28, 2021

The best definition of education I ever heard was provided by a University of Missouri-St. Louis colleague: “getting students to learn to cope with ambiguity.”This applies to anyone trying to understand some happening. The point here is that, although...

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Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2021

Published January 27, 2021

‘For the People Act’ deserves supportVoting rights are among the most fundamental rights in a democratic society.  Recent events, like the Jan. 6 U. S. Capitol riots, showed just how fragile voting rights are in society.  Despite an absence of...

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2021

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2021

Published January 14, 2021

Staenberg family’s generosity deserves community's deepest gratitudeIn my 50+ years of residence in St. Louis, I have never written to the Jewish Light. However, learning of Michael Staenberg’s decision to step back from lead fundraising I wish to...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Election post-mortem: Are we on the brink of utopia or dystopia?

By Marty RochesterPublished November 19, 2020

I drafted this commentary the day after the presidential election, before we knew the final outcome. I felt my comments were relevant regardless of the winner.  The 2020 election has been called the most important in American history, given the huge...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Making good choices improves odds of a good life

By Marty RochesterPublished October 22, 2020

There is a raging debate today between liberals and conservatives, even though few people can really identify what each camp stands for.  Much of the distinction traditionally revolves around the view one has of Big Government, although even here the...

J. Martin Rochester, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, is the author of 10 books on international and American politics.

Which party better represents Jews? No easy answers

BY MARTY ROCHESTERPublished September 24, 2020

There is the old saw that “where there are two Jews, you will find three opinions.” A case in point is the ongoing debate over whether it is the Republican Party or the Democratic Party that better represents Jews today and, more particularly, which...

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