She Loved a Fast Taxi Down a Dirt Strip LAUREN KESSLER, Lauren Kessler is the author of nine books. She lives in Eugene, Ore., where she directs the graduate program in literary nonfiction at the University of Oregon
Fixing the Process Is an Unmet Need ROSEANN MIKOS, Roseann Mikos is a Moorpark representative to the county Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee / Social Services Transportation Advisory Council. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
School Reform No Match for the Status Quo BARBARA BENHAM TYE, Barbara Benham Tye is a professor of education at Chapman University and author of "Hard Truths: Uncovering the Deep Structure of Schooling." Her e-mail address is email@example.com
Now Is Not the Time to Rush STEPHEN YAGMAN, Stephen Yagman, a Venice Beach civil rights lawyer, represents plaintiffs in numerous Rampart cases
In Keeping Its Secrets, CIA Hides Nation's Past Malcolm Byrne, Malcolm Byrne is deputy director of the National Security Archive, a nongovernmental research organization and library of declassified documents based at George Washington University
Chaos Fills a State the West Ignores Paula R. Newberg, Paula R. Newberg, who writes frequently about countries in crisis, visited Sierra Leone in March on behalf of the National Democratic Institute. The ideas expressed are her own
French Have a Word for It, But They'd Be Wrong John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, who write for the Economist, are the authors of "A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalization."
Should L.A. Follow the Dallas Example? 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
Monopolies Without End Charles Ferguson, Charles Ferguson is the author of "High Stakes, No Prisoners: A Winner's Tale of the Internet Wars." He was the founder of Vermeer Technologies, which produced software for Web-site design. He sold the company to Microsoft in 1996
Freedom's Promise FRED ANDERSON, Fred Anderson is the author, most recently, of "Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766."
Hello Dali PAUL HOLLANDER, Paul Hollander is the author of "Political Pilgrims: Travels of Western Intellectuals to the Soviet Union, China and Cuba 1928-1978," and, most recently, "Political Will and Personal Belief: The Decline and Fall of Soviet Communism" (Yale University Press)