Housing loan fund: $100 million
In one of Cincinnati's smartest deals in decades, the city partnered with three top banks to put together a $100 million revolving loan fund to create new market-rate housing that can attract more residents to the city.

Library gift: Good for Clifton
First, an anonymous donor gave more than $100,000 to the Clifton Branch of the Public Library Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Then another kicked in $12,500. And before long, the 49-year-old, tiny storefront library had enough private money to resume expansion plans that were killed last year by state funding reductions.

Job fair: Opportunity for educators
The popular Southwest Ohio Education Job Fair will return to the Cincinnati area for the fourth straight year on March 22. The event has been overwhelmingly successful, providing a valuable connecting point for school districts and job seekers.

Panelists relish their column-writing stint
With their time on the Enquirer's Local Voices panel ending in the coming months, our reader-columnists write about what the experience has meant to them.

Wanted: A few good writers for local voices
Have you ever wanted the chance to give the world a piece of your mind? Do you yearn to tell it like it really is? Well then, the Enquirer might have a place for you.

Readers' Views
Letters to the editor.

Toward a free, open market
Trade representatives from five Central American countries and the United States met in Cincinnati last week for the second of nine scheduled negotiations toward a free-trade agreement by December. Like NAFTA, the 1994 pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico, CAFTA is intended to spur trade in both directions between our country and Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Top officials from the CAFTA countries met with the Enquirer editorial board.
View from Guatemala: Disputes are frequent
View from Costa Rica: Treaty tied by chains

Music Hall memories
We asked for your favorite memory of Music Hall to help us celebrate its 125th anniversary, coming this May. Here's what you sent us.
Music Hall: A beloved landmark
Send us your Music Hall memories

2003 Whines and roses
The 2003 Whines and Roses Festival received well over 100 entries, many of which we have printed during the past few weeks. Of those we have selected two as this year's champions.

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