SUNDAY'S FORUM COVER
Can PATRIOT Act weave into the fabric of American society?
To its supporters, it is a valuable tool that has helped the government fight the war on terrorism. To its detractors, it is evil incarnate, a cynical ploy to destroy our civil liberties.

IN YOUR OPINION
Let's Talk: Defense of Marriage Act
We received many comments from our readers this week regarding the Ohio General Assembly's Defense of Marriage Act, which Gov. Bob Taft signed on Friday.
Taft statement on DOMA

EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2004
We should repeal Article XII
In 1993 Cincinnati amended the city charter to ban any law that would offer specific protections to people based on sexual preference. Article XII of the charter is a mistake because it prohibits doing for one group of citizens what the city might choose to do for others.

Support the Museum Center levy
Cincinnati Museum Center officials are asking for a 0.2-mill tax levy because of costs of their historic home, not because its attractions aren't successful. Union Terminal, a National Historic Landmark, eats up 20 percent of the Museum Center's $13 million operating budget, and outside consultants say $20 million needs to be invested in the 71-year-old building in the next 10 years to preserve it.
OTHER OPINIONS
YOUR VOICE: RUSS THOMAS
Why is arena Kentucky's priority?
Every morning for the past year I have been bombarded with the bad fiscal news from Frankfort. There were some days I am sure that without those articles, my paper would have consisted of the comics and the classifieds.

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:
SOUND OFF
How to contact your congressman
E-mail and Web page links, phone numbers and addresses for Tristate representatives.