Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Notes from the Editor's Desk

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Notes from the Editor's Desk

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After three years as managing editor of FIRST THINGS, Mary Rose Somarriba is leaving us. She's moving to a certain provincial city in the South where the government of the United States is located. We'll miss her smile, enthusiasm, and dedication. And we also appreciate the talents of Meghan Duke, our new managing editor. Graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and veteran of the publication arm of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Meghan has been with the magazine for two years, first as a junior fellow and then as an assistant editor. This is her first issue at the helm, and I have the distinct impression that she not only is extraordinarily capable but also enjoys the prospect of giving everyone deadlines.

Our letters section in this issue is particularly full and lively. It's a testimony to the intelligence - and feisty character - of First Things readers. We welcome your interventions into the public debate. Rapier thrusts are to be preferred to broadsword strokes, though we're certainly not averse to sharp criticisms. Do write when roused, and send your letters (up to 400 words) to ft@firstthings.com, or, if you relish the more deliberate pace of the mail, to our address in New York.

On the evening of May 18, Cardinal Francis George came to the First Things office as part of our series of public readings, lectures, and discussion. …

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