A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 21, 1988

If travel bags could talk, Laurence Barrett's two-wheeler would have quite a tale to tell. As TIME's White House correspondent from 1981 to 1985, Barrett -- and his luggage -- accompanied Ronald Reagan to Asia once, Europe four times and California constantly. But when Barrett, now the magazine's national political correspondent, plucked his suitcase off a plane last month, he found its sides broken and its locks sprung. "It perished pitifully," he says.

Barrett, on the other hand, is no worse for wear. After crisscrossing the < South to report on the Super Tuesday races in both parties, Barrett wrote this...

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