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Today's Opinions

  • Graduation rates looking up locally

    TOPIC: Local graduation rates improve
    OUR VIEW: Moving numbers forward is vital

    Educators are big on numbers: Percentage of students who are deemed college ready, ACT and SAT scores, drop-out rates. In many ways, school districts reflect sports with its measurements for success.

  • Good deeds: From tuition to diapers

    EXTENDING TUITION DISCOUNTS. Webster University has joined the growing number of colleges and universities to offer discount tuition rates to military spouses.

  • Personal experience dealing with measles

    In recent weeks, news stories about measles outbreaks and immunizations have spread like ... well, like the measles.

    Measles — and a similar ailment known as rubella or more commonly as three-day or German measles — were quite common a half-century ago. Most kids contracted it. In fact, it was considered to be a common childhood disease.

  • Adding impact to DUI laws

    TOPIC: Brianna Taylor Act addresses DUI laws
    OUR VIEW: Sliver of positive in the face of tragedy

    Every single time someone puts themselves under the influence of alcohol or drugs and gets behind the steering wheel of a vehicle and drives, they are doing more than putting their life in jeopardy.

  • Feb. 13, 2015: Our readers write

    Someone is playing games with gas

    I know this is not a new topic and I really appreciate the gas prices coming down. But why are they going back up? I saw on the TV news where the distributor said they raise the price and lower it to make it balance out. Why don’t they find a medium, a fair price and stick to it?

  • Dear Valentine: Be heart healthy

    ISSUE: February is American Heart Month
    OUR VIEW: Build awareness and take action

    In February, when Valentine’s Day focuses our attention on matters of the heart, health issues also should come to mind.

  • Civilization depends upon our resolve and convictions

    Righteousness, as defined in the Webster’s Dictionary, is acting in a just, upright and virtuous manner. It means being morally right. The belief that there are moral absolutes to guide human behavior has become an anathema to many in western civilized nations.

  • Honoring unknown heroes of history

    ISSUE: February is Black History Month
    OUR VIEW: This year, remember Selma

    February is the month our nation annually remembers and celebrates the significant achievements and lasting impact of black Americans from our past.