Editorials

Lucky for Ben Carson, the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development, that his boss has done such a good job of dominating the news cycle for the past few weeks. Otherwise, Carson might have had to answer for his misguided comments during a national tour that he thinks housing complexes for...
We hope you saw flags flying at half staff the past Monday as the nation marked Peace Officers Memorial Day. Enacted by Congress in 1962, it is marked each May 15 “in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty.” Also, the...
At the end of this month many of us will gather in a park, a cemetery or perhaps some other public space to pay homage to the men and women who wore our country’s uniform and, as President Abraham Lincoln said at Gettysburg in November 1863, gave “the last full measure of devotion” to preserve our...
It’s been nearly 12 years since a major tropical cyclone hit Northwest Florida, nearly 12 years since locals had to gear up and get out. During those years, it’s been quiet. Blessedly quiet. After back-to-back years with hurricanes coming ashore locally, residents were relieved. We had become...
President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey isn’t the reason that warrants appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. presidential elections. The dismissal is just the latest of many reasons for an independent evaluation of meddling by...
There are very specific and solid reasons why religious institutions qualify for tax-free status in this country. Similarly, there also are very specific and solid reasons why religious organizations lose their tax-free status when they engage in political activities. President Donald Trump either...
Alcohol or physical abuses in college fraternity initiation rituals are finally getting the treatment they deserve from prosecutors around the country: as criminal cases. Prosecutors on May 5 filed criminal charges against 18 Penn State students in the death of a 19-year-old sophomore who drank...
In a split decision last week, a federal judge upheld the $2,600-per-candidate campaign donation limit that Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved last November but ruled unconstitutional other parts of the initiative — including one designed to stop the practice of shuffling money among...
The Trump administration faces opposition from an unusual source as it tries to unravel former President Barack Obama’s climate policies. Several coal companies, including St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, have made a surprising request that the U.S. remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement on...
In the wake of Tuesday’s shocking news that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey, a decent respect for the office of the presidency requires an attempt to take Trump at his word about the reasons for the dismissal. That would mean buying, as Trump and Attorney General...

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