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December 9, 2002

Vol.187 / No.19
Books
Thomas R. MurphyDecember 09, 2002

There are not many memoirs available from people who work beneath the surface of the executive branch of the federal government Usually presidents vice presidents cabinet secretaries and White House staffers publish such accounts Daniel Ellsberg rsquo s reflections however illuminate the tasks

Letters
Our readersDecember 09, 2002

Church Blessed

The editorial on Ordaining Gay Men (11/11) does not want to come to grips with the fact that the overwhelming number of priestly sexual abuse cases that have come to light have been committed by gays. It does no one any good to pretend there isn’t a problem here.

The Word
Dianne BergantDecember 09, 2002

When Alice fell through the rabbit-hole into Wonderland she was convinced that she had fallen right through the earth and was destined to come out where people would be upside down She referred to such reversals as Antipathies mdash though she did wonder whether or not that was the right word Ali

Editorials
The EditorsDecember 09, 2002

Whether they exercised it in the fall elections or not, most citizens of the United States took it for granted that they had the right to cast a vote on Nov. 5. But for close to four million people with felony convictions, no such right existed, because almost all states have disenfranchisement laws

Of Many Things
George M. AndersonDecember 09, 2002

East Harlem stands out as one of the poorest sections of Manhattan, where a faith-based organization—the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service (www.littlesistersfamily.org)—has been helping families cope with poverty-related problems for four decades. “Our mission

Books
Ed BlockDecember 09, 2002

For those familiar with the novels of Jon Hassler coming to his newest novel The Staggerford Flood will be a series of surprise reunions Which is perhaps part of his purpose For The Staggerford Flood is also a series of surprise reunions for the novel rsquo s chief character Agatha McGee th

Ronald LandfairDecember 09, 2002

The fluorescent pink parking ticket lay on the seat between us. My recently licensed son had forgotten to move the car off the street into our driveway and had now received notice of his first parking violation. As his mother left for work that morning, she pointed out to him: It was your responsibi