I wonder if you are familiar with the first line of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
Those lines, published in 1859, seem to describe the way things are for us today, 132 years later.
This is the age of Nintendo and VCRs, of Bart Simpson and Vanilla Ice, of righteous dudes and slammin', jammin' Jordan. For many students just your age, it's the best-ever time to be a kid.
Yet, it can seem like the worst of times, too. Our country is at war for the first time in your life, and the scary images come right into your family room via satellite. Women and men from the United States and other allied nations are putting their lives on the line to liberate the tiny nation of Kuwait from the grip of Iraq.
We've published this special section to answer some of the questions you may have about the war, though we realize it would be impossible to answer them all.
We hope that some of the facts, suggestions and opinions you will find in these pages will make it easier for you to adjust to these new times.
Assistant Managing Editor
Features & Sports
The Evening Sun
P.S. If you have a comment about this section or a suggestion for further war coverage, write to me at: 501 North Calvert St., Baltimore, 21278.