Candidate Q&A: Northern Ky. congressional race
The contest to replace Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Richwood, as the representative of Kentucky's 4th District in the U.S. House will be one of the nation's most closely watched congressional races this fall, so the May 18 primary has taken on particular interest.

Local arts support leads nation
If anyone needed more proof that Cincinnati reigns as one of the nation's top cities for the arts, that proof came last week with the announcement of the results from the Fine Arts Fund's 2004 pledge campaign.

Making life better
The Peaslee Neighborhood Center has the wonderful dichotomy of any good home. On one hand, it makes life safe and nurturing for you. On the other, it pushes you out into the world.

Look at the real facts on air quality
As a professional environmental engineer and a participant in the first Earth Day, improving the quality of our environment is one of my life's goals. However, more harm than good will be accomplished until the media takes a more critical look at self-serving reports such as the American Lung Association's clean-air study.

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

Fountain Square: Past, Present... Future?
At noon on a perfect, sun-drenched May day, anyone on Fountain Square might wonder why Cincinnati would want to redo such an idyllic space. But come back at 5 or 10 p.m. or in November or February, and you have your answer. Cincinnati's "chief gathering spot" no longer is a destination at all hours and all seasons.
Submit your ideas on remaking the square
Eats, arts, fun: suggestions for Fountain Square

Sacrifice of mothers is bottomless
We call it Mother's Day, but perhaps the British have named it better. They call it Mothering Day, suggesting ongoing action. Because, no matter what gifts are showered on them today, mothers are best known for their doing and giving.

Thanks, Mom, for bringing so much of home - and you - to work
My parents and I were enjoying a simple Sunday afternoon visit in my living room in Hyde Park one quiet winter weekend in 1980 when terror grabbed me by the throat.

Letters: The changing church
The picture on the front of the Forum section May 2 was worth all the words printed on it about the Catholic Church. Those beautiful old, time-worn hands holding a rosary were the answer to all this speculation about the church. Not once was prayer even mentioned in any of the comments.
Let's Talk: Desegregation

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.

'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.

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.

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