China's Courage
The grassroots heroism in the wake of China's earthquake reached epic proportions [June 2]. For perhaps the first time in the history of the People's Republic, secrecy was replaced by transparency and bureaucracy by efficiency. Your report highlighted the fate of the children crushed to death in the thousands by collapsed school buildings — evidence of heartless violation of construction codes in the pursuit of illicit profits. The pencil-clutching hands and bloodstained backpacks amidst the debris of jerry-built schools are a silent rebuke to local officials, and demonstrate the need for a serious crackdown...

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