We try to be optimistic. We really do. But when you see stories such as these coming out of the same city within a month of each other, it's enough to make you clutch your hat to your chest and mourn commonsense civility.
In St. Louis on Aug. 3 and Sept. 1, a person died from a fatal gunshot fired during an argument over -- fast food.
In the latter incident, police said, a man and woman wrestling over food from Rally's Hamburgers became so irate that the woman draws a gun and fires -- hitting the man's girlfriend in the head.
In August, police said, a 16-year-old boy who gave money to a 26-year-old man to pick up food -- again, at a Rally's Hamburgers -- was so irate that the order came back wrong that he shot the man dead.
What does it say about our nation and its people when the price of a hamburger exceeds the worth of a human life?