A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 28, 1972

JOURNALISM is often accused of emphasizing bad news while slighting coverage of encouraging developments. There is some justice in this charge. It is part of the human condition that disaster arouses more interest than quiet improvement. Yet the positive gets its share of print — more than is generally realized. This week's TIME is not exactly brimming over with cheer: there is war, murder or attempted murder in several varieties, skulduggery and disease. But like most issues, it also contains a variety of modest good tidings.

For a sizable part of the electorate, a special TIME poll pointing to Richard Nixon's strong...