SUNDAY'S FORUM COVER
Q&A: Commissioner candidates
Republican primary races for seats on the Hamilton County Commission? Until recently such contests were virtually unheard of because the GOP held all three seats on the three-member commission.

Hot Corner: Nipping at the heels of the newsmakers
Cincinnati Republican Bill Seitz, fresh from chaperoning his "Defense of Marriage" law through the Ohio General Assembly, has cooked up a Defense of Fast Food bill.

Let's talk: Patriot Act
We received many letters in response to last week's Forum feature on the USA Patriot Act.
Letters: Raising tobacco tax would help kids
Letters: Once gay marriage is OK, there's no end to social chaos


EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2004
Great start on remaking square
The new owners of Cincinnati's 525 Vine Street office tower downtown may take the early lead in this city's push to reinvent Fountain Square. Pittsburgh-based McKnight Development Co. plans a $5 million overhaul of the tower, including a new street-level lobby with shops. That is exactly the sort of redesign the city's consultants want to bring life back to Cincinnati's most important public space and its central business district.

Giving the public the time of day
Changing the time of day is not as simple as just resetting the school clock, as folks at the Campbell County Board of Education are learning.

OTHER OPINIONS
YOUR VOICE: DR. PAUL J. NUGENT
Medicaid system full of abuse, waste
Recently our office received a shipment of vaccines to immunize children against pneumococcal illness. It is an important medication, especially for children with asthma and other respiratory problems. But like many vaccines it has been in short supply.

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
E-mail and Web page links, phone numbers and addresses for Tristate representatives.