A Letter from the Publisher

There have been numerous occasions in TIME'S 55 years of publication when the editors wished that the magazine could have several covers. This was such a week. The Supreme Court's historic ruling on the Allan Bakke case was at the top of the news, but two other subjects provided the grist for major stories.

One was an interview with Jimmy Carter conducted by TIME Washington Bureau Chief Robert Ajemian. Moving casually from his Executive study to the high-hedged patio outside, Carter answered questions about the direction and depth of his leadership at a time when opinion polls reveal increasing public dissatisfaction. Says...

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