SUNDAY'S FORUM COVER
Don't let dogma censor teaching
On Tuesday, the Ohio Board of Education will vote on final adoption of a model science curriculum that includes a lesson plan on the "critical analysis of evolution." The lesson plan is intended to implement Benchmark H of Ohio's science standards, which requires students to know "how scientists continue to investigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory."

Board violates its own standard
Perhaps the time has come for Gov. Bob Taft to fight to maintain science standards in his state, because it doesn't appear as if the Ohio Board of Education will.
Letters on Ohio science standards

Hot Corner: Nipping at the heels of the newsmakers
Last week McDonald's Corp., the world's largest fast-food chain, said it would stop selling "super-size" fries and drinks. Critics blame McDonald's and other chains for much of America's obesity, but let's get real - Mickey D execs aren't shoving those extra fries down our throats.

Let's Talk
We received a number of letters this week on President Bush's new campaign commercial.

EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004
Pass the Kroger gateway project
The Kroger garage project at Vine Street and Central Parkway is a deal Cincinnati has to get done even if it ties itself into knots trying to get the terms right.

Water on Mars, the underplayed story
In a news-filled week where the attention went to the Super Tuesday primaries, Iraq suicide bombings, the death of Marge Schott and even the phase-out of super-size fries, it may be understandable that the week's top science story has been overlooked.


OTHER OPINIONS
YOUR VOICE: MIKE KELLERMAN
Let's build a Colossus of Cincinnati
In 304 B.C., construction of a statue on the Island of Rhodes began. This statue was no ordinary statue.
GUEST COLUMNIST: BILL LONNEMAN
Church must learn from abuse crisis
With the release of the John Jay Report, detailing the sexual abuse that has occurred in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States over the past 50 years, we are witnessing another chapter in the suffering of the Body of Christ. What will we learn from the report? Is anything really being done to address the root causes of this crisis?

GUEST COLUMNIST: PATRICK KARNEY
MSD aids residents with backups
Dan Klepal's Feb. 22 article "Sewage spewing into our waterways" discusses a problem that communities across the nation, including Hamilton County, face: sewage overflows. Locally, we have an aging sewer system, parts of which date to the early 1800s, and an ever-increasing need for greater capacity. During heavy rains, sections can fill up with too much water for it to handle; excess storm and waste water may be released into the environment. Waste water can back up into homes and businesses. The Metropolitan Sewer District is committed to address these issues while keeping costs feasible for ratepayers.

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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