Our executive editor, Dr. L. Nelson Bell, has been nominated, along with three others, for the post of moderator of the 112th Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. The Asheville, North Carolina, Presbytery unanimously endorsed him. Dr. Andrew Jumper, St. Louis minister, expressed the opinion that Dr. Bell “is the best man to promote reconciliation within the Church,” which has been divided factionally for some years. In my quite biased opinion, there couldn’t be a better candidate; I heartily commend to our Southern Presbyterian brethren this layman and his faith.

I am happy to announce the appointment of Edward E. Plowman as news editor. He acted as backstop for Russell Chandler (whose family’s allergies, incidentally, have virtually disappeared in the beneficent California sunshine) and has handled the news desk on a trial basis since Chandler’s departure in January. Ed has amply demonstrated his journalistic skills and has a perceptive hold on current happenings in the religious realm. In due season we hope to add another news journalist to our staff to help us continue to give our readers what I think is without doubt the best available coverage of religious news.

An article and an editorial in this issue deal with one of the nation’s most crippling problems. Every American is affected, directly or indirectly, by the misuse of alcohol.

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