SUNDAY'S FORUM COVER
2004 agenda
If you thought 2003 was an eventful year - a war in Iraq, terror alerts at home, a struggling economy, continuing racial tensions in Cincinnati and our region's pressing growth/development issues - look out. The coming year promises to top it.

Hot Corner: Nipping at the heels of the newsmakers
Pitching a fit: Obviously Bengals (we hope soon-to-be-former) running back Corey Dillon wasn't paying attention to all those warnings he must have gotten when he was a kid.
Reader's views:
Police don't need more meetings
Re: Kentucky tobacco tax proposal

EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 4, 2004
Tax repeal brings reality check
Ohio lawmakers will face a needed reality check on state taxes and spending this year, thanks to a petition drive led by Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.

School-funding lawsuits cost taxpayers
It's a shame that school-funding lawsuits have become a cottage industry. A peek at 2004 shows no relief. More lawsuits for more tax money are in the works, starting with Kentucky and spreading nationwide.

OTHER OPINIONS
YOUR VOICE: TED J. MCGORON
Time to get real on Social Security
That the federal government's giveaway programs will soon be running out of "our" money ("Analysts say federal benefit spending can't be sustained," Dec. 20) should come as a surprise to no one except those who believe in lead turning into gold - or the biggest lie of all, "If the government says it will be there, it will."

Letters to the editor
Letters to the editor on topics of the day.

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:
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How to contact your congressman
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