YOU MAY NOTICE SOME CHANGES in the magazine with this issue. The most immediately apparent changes are in the length -- 32 pages instead of 48 -- and in the quality of paper. About a year ago we increased PEACE's size to its recent 48 pages. We hoped that some of the increased pages would be bought by advertisers or by Canadian peace groups, who would print their newsletters here, where the wider population might learn of their activities. We also hoped that our subscriptions would increase, offsetting the additional expense.
Unfortunately, though some readers have been wonderfully generous (Thank you!) few of our financial aspirations have been met. Indeed, we face a somewhat reduced income, since some former funders are expecting us to become self-sufficient somehow. There's little room for further cost-cutting: last year, our entire annual budget was $66,000 -- so small that publishers of ordinary magazines burst into gales of laughter when we tell them! Subscriptions cover only half that amount. Still, with your help, the budgetary tightness will be temporary.
We absolutely intend and expect to continue publishing PEACE -- and with top editorial standards. So much needs to be reported! This time, for example, we were able to print only half the fine articles that were at hand. We apologize to those of you whose submissions are missing from the issue. When our funds are back to normal size, PEACE will be too.
To hasten that day, we request donations of $100 or more from those of you who can afford it -- 200 such donations will be entirely sufficient Our subscription rate will also have to be raised next issue; for those willing to help by convincing friends to subscribe, now is the time!
WE'VE HAD FUN WORKING ON THIS ISSUE, CUTBACKS or not, and we hope you're as fascinated by it as the editors have been. The shocking story about the "Secret Team" is gradually coming out. You may have seen some references to it on PBS television, or in Mother Jones Magazine. John Bacher's article in this issue can only open the subject. It's endless! He'll follow-up with additional instalments on this astounding saga which some have called the "crime of the century." Don Wells's superb piece on A.J. Muste fills a gap. Too few Canadians are familiar with the thinking of this extraordinary peace hero. Indeed, too few Canadian peace activists have worked their way through the vital conversation between pacifism and belief in "just wars." We are going to address that issue, among many others, in upcoming issue.