Editorials

Just when you’re fed up with the U.S. Congress (the approval rating is 11 percent) comes word that it has passed and sent to the president an overhaul of the 1976 Toxic Chemicals and Substances Act, generally regarded as the weakest environmental law on the books. And it only took 10 years. The...
Now’s the time for Americans to stand up for sanity. Now is the time for Americans to seize back control of their government. Now is the time for Americans to declare that the National Rifle Association and its gun-industry overlords will no longer hold us hostage to a bogus, exaggerated...
In localizing a national Associated Press story about hate crimes reporting by local law enforcement agencies, there was some good news. Only three agencies in Florida — none of which were located in the Panhandle — failed to file required federal reports regarding the law. We see that as a plus...
A punitive measure that would fine Medicaid patients who miss doctor’s appointments is unnecessarily harsh and deserves to be vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, who has it under review. There are better and less mean-spirited ways to achieve the worthy goals of trying to get patients to take more control...
Barely four days have elapsed since the horrific attack in Orlando in which 49 people were killed by a gunman spraying bullets from an assault rifle and threatening to blow things up. Meanwhile, a tone-deaf Missouri gubernatorial candidate insists on running an advertisement depicting himself...
Once again, mass violence has taken the lives of innocents, this time at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. As has happened too often these last few years — at the Boston Marathon in 2012, a Colorado movie theater a few months later, a church in Charleston, South Carolina a year ago and an office...
“Freedom of speech is in retreat,” the cover story for The Economist proclaimed last week. While the article acknowledged that technology has greatly empowered people to express themselves as never before, and that the world as a whole is freer than it was during the depths of the Cold War, it...
The list of professional athletes who exceeded their hype is short: Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky are among the precious few whose performances continually reset the bar of expectations higher than before. Then there was Muhammad Ali, whose brilliance in the boxing ring was...
Six months in jail is an appallingly weak sentence for destroying a life. Because that’s what 20-year-old Brock Turner did when he sexually assaulted an unconscious woman he met at a Stanford University fraternity party and abandoned her, motionless and half-naked, against a Dumpster. In his...
Before Short Attention Span Nation moves on to the next new thing, let us not give short shrift to this: For the first time in American history, a woman will be a major political party's presidential nominee. Sure, it has seemed inevitable since at least 2008, but it's no less remarkable that...

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