EDITORIALS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2004
Parents on heightened alert
Having a child abducted or harmed by a stranger is a parent's worst nightmare. Recent incidents nationally and in Greater Cincinnati are turning those nightmares into broad-daylight fears.

A painful lesson in how not to develop
The financial collapse of an eight-building repair project near Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine cost Cincinnati taxpayers $338,859, and it will cost another $394,745 to mothball them for final rehab. The failure adds another vote of no confidence in the city's ability to pick able developers and oversee tough rehab projects.

What you say ... on Ky. tobacco tax
Kentucky's new governor, Ernie Fletcher, says he would be willing to raise the state's cigarette tax to help cover a projected $302 million budget deficit. At 3 cents a pack, Kentucky's cigarette tax is the second lowest in the nation.

OTHER OPINIONS
YOUR VOICE: MAURIE LOOMANS
Failed 'plan' doesn't invalidate goal
I look forward each week to reading the column written by Thomas Friedman. I was surprised and disappointed when I read his latest column ("We need to make greater commitment," Feb. 9). I just did not expect him to recite the tired canard that the Bush administration sent our soldiers into Iraq to remove Saddam "without a plan for the morning after."

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

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.

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Music Hall Moments
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