Citizens have right to public records
The dismal response to requests for public records in the audit by the Ohio Coalition for Open Government should anger all citizens.
Fine-tuning the Ohio exit exam
Although Ohioans are a year away from the first official results of the new Ohio Graduation Test, interim reports show that school districts and state education officials face more homework.
It's your right to know
The city of Cincinnati's public information officer forgot to reply to a request for public information. Hamilton City Schools required an ID before giving out information that's supposed to be available to anyone. Lebanon City Schools required a written request.
Does planning at OKI place region at risk?
Now that the relatively high price of gasoline is attracting attention and some experts think that this is the beginning of a permanently higher level of gas prices, the lack of viable mass transit alternatives to highways and cars in our region is becoming painfully obvious to many. It is a good time to ask why it is that transport infrastructure planning in our region is still focused solely on roads.
Cincinnati will be a pacesetter for the nation
A wise man once said: "Never argue with someone who buys ink by the gallon."
Loss of Ray Charles
Letters to the editor on topics of the day.
Stem cell rhetoric is a bit misleading
In last week's Forum section, University of Minnesota researcher Jeffrey Kahn and pro-life advocate Dr. John Willke addressed the ethics of embryonic stem cell research. We asked you what you thought of the controversial practice, which includes destroying embryos and harvesting their stem cells to treat illnesses, including Alzheimer's disease. The following are some of your responses.
Let's Talk
In last week's Forum, we asked you what you thought about the ethics of embryonic stem cell research to discover ways to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer's disease. Here is one response.
A solution to the stem-cell dilemma
As shown by the June 6 Forum, pro-life and pro-choice proponents are at odds over stem cell research. Embryonic human life and abortion are at the core of the debate. However, society does not have to choose between life and unlimited stem cell research.
Cicada limericks: This week's winners
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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.