The Last Word Ron Rapoport, Ron Rapoport is deputy sports editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, sports commentator for NPR's "Weekend Edition" and collaborator on "Betty Garrett and Other Songs," which will be published in November by Madison Books
Cotton Sack: A Short Story FRANCISCO JIMENEZ, Francisco Jimenez is the author of the forthcoming "The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child" (University of New Mexico Press, 134 pp., $10.95), from which this story is excerpted with permission
Holy Land D.J. WALDIE, D.J. Waldie is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir" (St. Martin's Press) and the recipient of the 1997 California Book Award for nonfiction. He is a city official in Lakewood
TV-H: Hazardous to Your Hypocrisy ROBERT DAWIDOFF, Robert Dawidoff is a professor of history at Claremont Graduate School and coauthor, with Michael Nava, of "Created Equal: Why Gay Rights Matter to America."
Confronting Vichy--After More Than 50 Years Charles S. Maier, Charles S. Maier teaches modern European history at Harvard and directs its Center for European Studies. His most recent book is "Dissolution: The Crisis of Communism and the End of East Germany."
Bilingual Is a Damaging Myth RON K. UNZ, Ron K. Unz, a Silicon Valley software entrepreneur, is the chairman of the "English for the Children" initiative campaign. In 1994, he challenged incumbent Gov. Pete Wilson for the Republican nomination