EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2003
Academic excellence
New University of Cincinnati President Nancy L. Zimpher already has staked out a new academic master plan as the cornerstone project for her administration. She is clearly proceeding with the UC board's blessing, and acknowledges a huge debt to her predecessor, Joseph Steger, who directed an extraordinary rebuilding of the east and west campuses.

Safety net for down years
Ohio and Kentucky's suspension of their prepaid college tuition programs sends a disastrous message about higher education here. Prepaid plans are the frontlines for reversing the brain drain and keeping young people here for college and beyond.

Let the people decide
Public access to public information is so vital to the proper functioning of a democracy, you'd think it would be Job One of any official entrusted with such information. Unfortunately, that's often not the case for various political, special-interest or bureaucratic reasons. So a couple of developments this past week on the public-access front are worth noting.

SUNDAY'S FORUM COVER
Readers respond to history question
How would you change the way we teach history to our children? That's the question we posed to readers last week in the Forum cover essay "Don't know much about history." Here are some of your responses.
Who are your favorite columnists?


ENQUIRER COLUMNIST - DAVID WELLS
Sentencing advice
I'm usually labeled as one of those sinners who try to drive God out of public life. I don't support public school teachers leading their classes in prayer, or people who think erecting monuments to the Ten Commandments on public property is a civic virtue.

OTHER OPINIONS
LETTERS
Art enlivens past, adds personal meaning
I am Curator of Education at the Cincinnati Art Museum. One way to change the way we teach history in this country is to engage teachers and their students in the use of art collected by museums such as ours.

Readers' Views
Letters to the editor.
CRISIS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Survivors network: It's time to get an accounting
David Clohessy is the national director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). Clohessy said a priest molested him and his brothers as children, and that one of his brothers grew up to become a priest who is also a sexual abuser.

Voice of the Faithful: Seeking changes
Jim Muller, a physician who battled nuclear weapons, has turned his attention to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. He is a founder and former president of Voice of the Faithful, one of several grassroots, lay organizations formed in the wake of the clergy sex abuse in the Church.

GUEST COLUMNIST - NAN FISCHER
'Voices' hope to empower laity
One response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, which is currently erupting in the Catholic Church in Cincinnati, has been the development of a national organization called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF). Currently there are more than 30,000 members and 181 affiliates across the United States.

ENQUIRER EDITORIAL
Speak out now
So far at least 10 former students have filed suit alleging sexual abuse at the hands of former Elder High School Principal Lawrence Strittmatter.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Music Hall Moments
We asked for your favorite memory of Music Hall to help us celebrate its 125th anniversary. Here are several installments of your letters:
SOUND OFF
How to contact your congressman
E-mail and Web page links, phone numbers and addresses for Tristate representatives.