Issue: March 22, 2012

Good morning, readers:

Be sure to check out this week’s cover story, by outgoing CN&R Managing

Editor Meredith J. Graham. In her timely piece, Meredith delves into

complaints with the county’s Department of Children’s Services (formerly

CPS). She highlights one of the many families whose children have been

taken by the agency, which is said to have the highest child-removal rate

in the state.

In other news, Howard Hardee, CN&R’s calendar editor, features a U.S.

soldier who talks about his four tours in the Middle East (two each in Iraq

and Afghanistan), and his thoughts about the war effort amidst the tensions

created by a series of U.S.-created blunders, including the recent massacre

of civilians by a rogue soldier.

In arts, Ken Smith has a Q&A with irreverent comedian Neil Hamburger. Arts

Editor Jason Cassidy’s call for art results in some … er … interesting

submissions. Check ’em out.

Happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor