SUNDAY'S FORUM COVER
To amend or not to amend
The current controversy over same-sex marriage is forcing Americans to confront a question that comes up rarely in our political life - when, why and how to amend the U.S. Constitution.

GUEST COLUMNIST: PAUL FINKELMAN
Why is the Constitution so hard to change?
It is not easy to amend the United States Constitution. The Constitution provides two methods. Two-thirds of the states can petition Congress to call a Constitutional Convention. The work of that convention would then have to be ratified by three-quarters of the states. This method has never been used. Alternatively, Congress can propose amendments to the states.

Failed amendment issues include flag desecration, abortion, women's rights
Since the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789, only 27 amendments have been made to that document, including the first 10, adopted as the Bill of Rights in 1791.

Hot Corner: Nipping at the heels of the newsmakers
Russian President Vladimir Putin is far more than a "one-hit-wonder," but we doubt that the ever-present song about him on Russian radio will ever have a sequel.

EDITORIALS FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2004
Bengals lawsuit is wrong play
The vote this week by two Hamilton County Commissioners to join a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Bengals and the National Football League had more to do with alarm over stadium finances than zeal to win in court.

It's time for Iraq to stand on its own
It has been a year since America went to war in Iraq. It is time to think of Iraqi independence.
Pro: Let U.N. rebuild the nation; bring our troops home
Con: U.N. can help, but only we can lead Iraq to be a new bastion of liberty

OTHER OPINIONS
YOUR VOICE: MARIO E. OROSA
Fight high gas prices by conserving
There is a message going around the Internet regarding high gasoline prices. This email or a variant thereof always starts circulating whenever gas prices approach $2 a gallon. The note's recommendation is similar each time: Boycott one of the major oil companies.

GUEST COLUMNIST: KENNETH L. LAWSON
Treat all accused of crimes equally
In response to the editorial "Gunmen shoot to kill police" (March 10), the writer missed one important point. You claim, and you are correct, that when cops are shot at you don't see any groups marching on City Hall, etc., demanding an end to this violence. We do demand an end to this violence as well as all other forms of violence.

GUEST COLUMNIST: MARTHA LUNKEN
Think history, future in debate over Lunken
In 1935, Carl Friedlander moved the Aeronautical Corp. of American (Aeronca) from Cincinnati's Lunken Airport to Middletown. Squabbles over recurrent flooding were an issue. But Friedlander gave up in outrage and frustration when the city assigned 165 acres of airport property (the area adjacent to his company's production hangar) for recreation commission use.

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.

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