EDITORIALS FOR TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2003
River wreck: Reckless boating
Friday night's horrific hit-and-run wreck on the Ohio River opposite Dayton, Ky., should prompt a review of speed limit enforcement.

Ohio: Taxes, fees start rising today
Independence Day may be July 4, but Ohioans get to "celebrate" a Dependence Day three days earlier. Today, our increasingly tax-dependent state will start taking extra nibbles from our wallets, thanks to lawmakers' desperate budget-balancing measures last month.

DUI standards: Federal mandates
More than 800 Ohio law-enforcement agencies are renewing efforts to get tough on drunken drivers this Fourth of July holiday week. They're doing it through proven means such as checkpoints, an increased police presence and more public-safety announcements.
OTHER OPINIONS
GUEST COLUMNIST - SEN. STEVE STIVERS
Frivolous lawsuits inhibit innovation
To be successful, we must make the case that Ohio has the characteristics businesses are looking for - these include: an educated workforce, a solid infrastructure and accessibility to major cities and ports for moving goods and services.

GUEST COLUMNIST - DENNIS L. WHITE
Tort reform only disregards victims
The Republicans want to send a very clear message to a very powerful club of special interests. It goes something like this: Actions do not have consequences. Incompetence is excusable. Victim's pain and suffering are moot.

LETTERS
What do UC students get for their money?
Responses to UC's tuition hike.

Readers' Views
Letters to the editor.
FORUM COVER FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2003
A generation that's ready for change
Twenty-five years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell wrote that diversity in higher education is a "sufficiently compelling" governmental issue. Last Monday, the high court reaffirmed that statement in its decision upholding limited forms of affirmative action.

Cheatin' hearts: Here's your 'fudge factor'
Last Sunday's Forum essay, "Their cheatin' hearts," examined why people break the rules in a number of areas, in light of recent events, from Martha Stewart's possibly illegal stock trading woes, to Sammy Sosa's corked bat.

Ohio lawmakers weigh pros, cons of state budget
This week, we asked our area's members of the Ohio General Assembly how they voted on the final 2004-05 state budget plan, and why.
SPECIAL FEATURES
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:
SOUND OFF
How to contact your congressman
E-mail and Web page links, phone numbers and addresses for Tristate representatives.