Editorials

The basic cause of America’s student-loan crisis is no mystery: College tuition and fees continue to soar while the earnings of recent graduates remain flat. It shouldn’t be surprising that there’s also a straightforward way to lower the cost of a college degree: Reduce the amount of time it takes...
The St. Louis Police Department has agreed to abide by tighter procedures to protect journalists from arrest while performing their jobs at scenes of protests. The procedures are better than the subjective and haphazard approach that led to the arrest of a Post-Dispatch reporter, among others,...
Stories about powerful men engaging in sexual misconduct are becoming so common that, as with mass shootings, the country is in danger of growing inured to them. But unlike the tragic news about that latest deranged, murderous gunman, the massive outpouring of previously repressed tales of sexual...
Parents and students everywhere, especially faculty and staff at higher-education institutions around St. Louis, have reason to be very worried. GOP legislators on Capitol Hill, desperate to find financing for their proposed $1.5 trillion tax-cut plan, want to target certain college tuition...
Are the Trump administration’s new stricter rules on travel and trade with Cuba a return to the past? The Cold War days. Likely. Is that a shame? Well, yes and no. The new regulations announced last week cancel any direct U.S. financial transactions with 180 entities tied to the Cuban military...
Devin Kelley was a grenade with the pin already pulled, an explosive charge looking for a place to detonate. The Air Force knew it and so did other officials. All the signs were there, going back to his teen years: animal cruelty, mental health problems, threats against family members, beatings of...
So far this year, five prison employees have died from attacks by inmates. Four of those deaths were the result of an Oct. 12 escape attempt at Pasquotank Correctional Institution. The breakout failed, but the inmates in the prison’s sewing shop set a fire and attacked guards with the tools used...
As Republican politicians keep trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the people they represent keep sending signals that they support expanded health coverage. Maine voters approved a ballot measure Tuesday to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the ACA. The vote was...
In this world where bad news spreads quickly, it’s easy to feel discouraged. Our social media platforms are filled with the latest tragedies, including mass shootings, and they seem to be happening with more frequency. The country is divided politically, the world is in a state of unrest and,...
How can we possibly say “thank you” enough? That is the question which we as a nation must ask ourselves each year on Veterans Day and certainly 2017 is no exception. How can we thank a generation of young Americans who left the farms and the small towns and the cities, and went to France to...

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