From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 23, 1995:

Fashion notwithstanding, the Post Dispatch editorial page remains resolutely liberal, which is to say that we continue to believe in the perfectibility of man, in basic human rights and in using government to promote political equality, economic opportunity and social justice.

Though we do not change our basic principles with changing times, we do re-evaluate our positions to determine whether the initiatives that were appropriate under one set of political and economic conditions are appropriate under another.  For example, breathtaking changes in telecommunications mean that there is less need for the strict industry regulation we supported in the past.

Liberalism has done a great deal for this country:  Social Security, wage-and-hour laws, broadening of political rights, environmental safeguards and protections for civil liberties.  And, in my opinion, were it not for liberalism ours would be a less compassionate and less tolerant society.

Times may have changed and liberalism may be out of favor at the moment, but there will always be a need for the values it embodies; sooner or later people will again embrace a liberal outlook.

Ed Higgins

Universal truths of the enlightenment.

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