What happened on January 23, 2000
Edward Abbey: Critic and Crusader DOUGLAS BRINKLEY, Douglas Brinkley is director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies and professor of history at the University of New Orleans. His essay will be the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of "The Monkey Wrench Gang" to be published by HarperPerennial this spring
Some of My Best Friends SHERMAN ALEXIE, Sherman Alexie is a Spokane Indian and the author of "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven." A new collection of short stories, "The Toughest Indian In The World," will be published in May by Atlantic Monthly Press
Close Encounters JOHN READER, John Reader is the author of "Africa: A Biography of the Continent."
Our Town TOM VANDERBILT, Tom Vanderbilt is the author of "The Sneaker Book: Anatomy of an Industry and an Icon."
From Jamestown to Johnny Cash BENJAMIN SCHWARZ, Benjamin Schwarz is a contributing writer to Book Review and a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly
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A Fast Track to Status Quo for Schools MARJORY WOOLF, Marjory Woolf, a Woodland Hills resident, has taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 35 years
Hispanic Values at the Polls CARLOS E. GARCIA, Carlos E. Garcia is president of Garcia Research Associates Inc., a Burbank-based consumer research company that specializes in studying the U.S. Hispanic market. He lives in Thousand Oaks
By Approving Dump, Council Abandoned a Community MARY EDWARDS, Mary Edwards is a member of the North Valley Coalition of Concerned Citizens which has sued the city of Los Angeles to prevent expansion of Sunshine Canyon Landfill into Granada Hills
Going the Wrong Way on Express Lanes BYRON DE ARAKAL, Byron de Arakal is a writer and media consultant. He writes from Newport Beach
El Toro Study Is Unrealistic G.J. "PETE" FIELDING and AMIHAI GLAZER, G.J. "Pete" Fielding is a research professor and Amihai Glazer a professor in the department of economics at UC Irvine
Triple Exposure JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Readingmania JOHNATHON E. BRIGGS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nancy Mintie Kitty Felde, Kitty Felde, a public radio journalist, hosts the Friday "Talk of the City" program on KPCC
As Helmut Kohl Exits, Will the Far Right Enter? JACOB HEILBRUNN, Jacob Heilbrunn, a columnist for Politicalwag.com, an Internet journal, has lived in Germany and traveled there extensively
Monopoly? Forget It! It's All New Companies, All the Time Roger C. Altman, Roger C. Altman, an investment banker, served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury in the first Clinton administration
Get-Smart-Quick Schemes No Substitute for Reform David Tyack, David Tyack is a professor of education and history at Stanford University and coauthor of "Tinkering Toward Utopia."
Measured U.S. Support Remains Key to Caucasus Brenda Shaffer, Brenda Shaffer is an international security fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
L.A. Joins the Venture-Capital Revolution With a Vengeance Joel Kotkin, Joel Kotkin, a contributing editor to Opinion, is a senior fellow at the Pepperdine Institute of Public Policy and a research fellow at the Reason Foundation
He Wanted to Stir People Up, and He Did NARDA ZACCHINO, Narda Zacchino, an associate editor of The Times, is the readers' representative
Outfitting China's Military--Again GARY MILHOLLIN, Gary Milhollin is director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a Washington-based group that works against arms proliferation
U.S. Successions Began With George (III and W) Akhil Reed Amar, Akhil Reed Amar is a law professor at Yale Law School and author of "The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction."
WTO, State Law on Collision Course Jock O'Connell, Jock O'Connell, an international business consultant, was an analyst for the California Commission for Economic Development from 1983 to 1989
Catholics and the GOP: an Uneasy Fit DEAL W. HUDSON, Deal W. Hudson is publisher and editor of Crisis, a monthly magazine of politics, culture and the Catholic Church
How Sweet It Is Sally Schneider, Sally Schneider last wrote about macaroni and cheese for the magazine
A Novel Eeducation Jervey Tervalon, Jervey Tervalon teaches creative writing at Cal State Los Angeles. His latest novel, "Dead Above Ground" (Pocket Books), is out this month
Extreme Tech P. J. HUFFSTUTTER, P. J. Huffstutter is a staff writer in The Times' Business section who covers technology in Orange County
Raw Stocks MARK EHRMAN, Mark Ehrman is a regular contributor to the magazine