Reform Party Is Only One Out to Protect Taxpayers MICHAEL FARRIS, Michael Farris lives in Thousand Oaks and ran for the 37th District California Assembly seat last year. He serves as chairman of the Reform Party presidential nominations committee, which is responsible for overseeing the presidential nomination for 2000
Who Needs It? ERIC FONER, Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of history at Columbia University, is the author of "The Story of American Freedom."
Crazy Quilt ALLEN BARRA, Allen Barra is a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal and reviews books regularly for the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and The New York Times
To Tell the Truth LOU CANNON, Lou Cannon is the author of three biographies of Ronald Reagan, including "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime." He covered Reagan's gubernatorial terms for the San Jose Mercury News and his national campaigns and presidency for the Washington Post
Despite All the Bad News, Democracy Marches On Michael McFaul, Michael McFaul is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a professor of political science and Hoover fellow at Stanford University. He just returned from Moscow
Don't Dumb Down Inspectors JULIE BUTCHER and and DANIEL GOMEZ, Julie Butcher is the general manager of Service Employees International Union Local 347. Daniel Gomez is president of Municipal Construction Inspectors Assn
Supreme Court Can No Longer Duck the Big Issues David M. O'Brien, David M. O'Brien is a government professor at the University of Virginia and author of numerous books on the Supreme Court, including "Storm Center: The Supreme Court in American Politics."
Knowing When to Hold 'em or to Fold 'em Robert Dallek, Robert Dallek teaches presidential history at Boston University. He just completed a two-volume life of Lyndon B. Johnson and is now working on a biography of John F. Kennedy
Jimmy Carter Jack Nelson, Jack Nelson is chief Washington correspondent for The Times
When the Government Is a Critic David Cole, David Cole, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, represented artists Karen Finley, John Fleck, Holly Hughes and Tim Miller in National Endowment for the Arts vs. Finley
Changing's River's Course D.J. Waldie, D.J. Waldie, a city official in Lakewood, is the author of "Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir."
Changing's River's Course Lewis MacAdams and Robert Gottlieb, Lewis MacAdams is chairman of the board of Friends of the Los Angeles River, which will co-host, with Occidental College, a year-long series of programs called "Re-Envisioning the Los Angeles River." Robert Gottlieb is professor of urban and environmental policy at Occidental
Injustice in Blue VICTOR PAEZ TORRES, Victor Paez Torres, a former Santa Ana police officer, wrote "Code of Police Silence, Behind the Thin Blue Line," (1999, Estilo Publishing Co.) E-mail: email@example.com