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We're excited to welcome you to the Web site of the Public Insight Network, where we highlight a variety of community perspectives on pressing issues in the St. Louis region. All stories are informed by sources in our Network through their responses to questionnaires related to various topics. Responses through the Network have far-reaching effects, informing stories and projects that appear on this site, on Nine PBS and in the St. Louis Beacon.

Kennedy inspired Americans to embark on service around the world and journeys into space

By Robert Joiner, Beacon staff

Among the tributes to former President John F. Kennedy on this 50th anniversary year of his assassination is a website that helps visitors connect the dots to show ways in which the flame of optimism lit by the young president still burns in our time. He was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, at age 46. Visitors are able to express their thoughts on the Kennedy legacy by sending tweets and uploading text, photos and videos to the website, called “An Idea Lives On.”

A product of the Kennedy Library Foundation, the website takes its name from a speech in which the late president said, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” The foundation’s executive director, Tom McNaught, told the Associated Press, “You can’t stop trying to instill in young people the ideas he instilled in my generation.”

What became known as the Kennedy legacy involved accomplishments in four general areas.

Emergency aid supplier helps her own after Sunday tornado

By Nancy Fowler, Beacon arts reporter

Cindy Shuford of Washington, Ill., was at church Sunday when word came that a tornado was fast approaching. Taking cover in one of the building’s windowless rooms, Shuford first thought of her 22-year-old daughter, working the deli counter at Kroger.

“I just kept thinking of her, and I wanted to see her face,” Shuford said, in a telephone interview.

What's wrong with government? For starters, almost everything

By Linda Lockhart, PIN analyst

The people have spoken, and for the most part, they are not happy. For many Americans, the recent government shutdown was just one more reason for them to be dissatisfied.

When the Beacon asked, through our Public Insight Network, for people to share how their personal experiences have shaped their views of government, only one had a “positive” view of government today. Black, white and Hispanic; young and old; male and female; Democrat, Libertarian and independent (no Republicans responded), all of the others expressed negative or mixed feelings about our government. (Their responses have been edited for length and clarity.)

About the Public Insight Network
The St. Louis Beacon online publication and the Nine Network invite you to share your knowledge, observations and expertise as a participant in the Public Insight Network (PIN). We need the insights of people in our region to help inform our work as we address issues of concern and tell the stories of our community. Read More >
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