Editorials

Editorials

Trump’s blunt me$$age to NATO

When it comes to international diplomacy, President Donald Trump is no milquetoast mumbler. He can be undiplomatically blunt, even rude, but that doesn’t automatically mean he’s wrong. Take, for instance, the longstanding dispute between the United States and its NATO allies over how much everyone contributes to the collective defense of Europe.

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Fireworks are illegal in Illinois. No, really

Illinois is one of four states that ban exploding fireworks, but police generally ignore offenders. In southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO, many people drive to buy firecrackers and bottle rockets. Legalize them, and keep the money in Illinois. News opinion

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Stripping Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from literature award is straight-out censorship

Last week, at its convention in New Orleans, the American Library Association announced that it was dropping Laura Ingalls Wilder's name from the prestigious children's literature award that was created in her honor in 1954, three years before her death. The award "recognizes authors and illustrators whose books have created a lasting contribution to children's literature" and has been given to only 23 people over the past 60 years.

August Adolphus Busch IV released from Swansea Police Department

August Adolphus Busch IV, the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch, was held in the Swansea Police Department until Tuesday afternoon after a helicopter landed at Bronze Pointe Office Park overnight. Busch is a commercial pilot with certificates in airpla