Dear Commonweal readers: I am retiring after twenty-eight years on the job, and the editor has invited me to use this page to bid a farewell. Over the years, this “Editor’s Notebook” space has offered me and other editors an opportunity to write about more personal matters and, on occasion, even to take exception to an editorial stance of the magazine. It has been this openness to dialogue that I value most at Commonweal. The need for honest, ongoing exchanges in the public...
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