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Tomorrow's editorials: A-Rod and Southwest's new $10 early boarding fee

Here are previews of editorials we're working on. Let us know what you think. The best comments will run alongside them in the print edition.

--The kids at Milford Mill Academy are smart enough to know that New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who spoke with them Tuesday about the evils of steroids, has paid little price for his use of performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-2003. If he really regrets it, there are plenty of more substantive steps he can take to end the culture of steroid use in sports. (For more on this, click here.)

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--Southwest Airlines announced this week that for an extra $10, it will let passengers board the plane first, thus exempting them from the stress of checking in early and standing in line with the hoi polloi. This continues a disappointing trend among airlines to nickel and dime passengers for everything from snacks to checked bags to – in a plan hatched by a British airline executive but not yet implemented – using the bathrooms on the plane.

The problem here is not so much that they're charging extra fees but that they're charging for the wrong things. How about a $10 to make sure you and your bags wind up in the same place? Or $10 to guarantee you won't be stuck on the tarmac for five hours without food or water? Maybe $10 so the ticket agent won't act like a jerk? Or, in Southwest's case, an extra $10 to make sure they use FAA-approved parts when they maintain their planes?

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