A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 6, 1962

ONE of the most important attributes of a TIME cover story is its staying power. It should have validity and vitality not only in the week that it appears but also in the light of the events of succeeding days and weeks and months, giving TIME'S readers a greater understanding and appreciation of the news as it occurs. Two immediate examples are the cover stories of the past two issues.

The March 23 cover story, on the problems and progress of the great cities, pointed out a serious situation that is plaguing many a big-city mayor: modern cities often bear the major...

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