Above the Crowd LINDA BETH MOTHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Mothner is a Los Angeles freelance writer
'Renovation Cost' Proviso Violates State Civil Code KEVIN POSTEMA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Postema is the editor of Apartment Age magazine, a publication of AAGLA, an apartment owners' service group, and manager of public affairs for the California Apartment Law Information Foundation
Changes in Entitlements Needed ALAN B. UNGAR, Alan B. Ungar, a certified financial planner, is Valley Industry and Commerce Assn. federal issues committee co-chairman and Valley chairman of the Concord Coalition
To Tether Big Business to the National Interest, Read Hamilton Walter Russell Mead, Walter Russell Mead, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a presidential fellow at the World Policy Institute. He is the author of "Mortal Splendor: The American Empire in Transition" (Houghton Mifflin) and is writing a book about U.S. foreign policy
The Venal Center Kevin Phillips, Kevin Phillips, publisher of American Political Report, is author of "The Politics of Rich and Poor." His most recent book is "Arrogant Capital: Washington, Wall Street and the Frustrations of American Politics" (Little Brown)
Policing by Injunction Is a Feeble Hoax ALLAN PARACHINI, Allan Parachini is public affairs director of the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, which has filed legal challenges to several gang injunctions
The Trip That Changed the World Ross Terrill, Ross Terrill, the author of numerous books on China, won the National Magazine Award and the George Polk Award for international reporting for articles in the Atlantic Monthly from China in 1971-1972
The Many Versions of Ray's Truth MARC MAPPEN, Marc Mappen, an associate dean at Rutgers University, is the author of "Murder and Spies, Lovers and Lies: Settling the Great Controversies of American History."