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Grapevine : July 2011
to be expanded, all of which would require a slight increase in the sub- scription rate. The Grapevine is self- supporting now and should be kept that way always, rather than be de- pendent on subsidies or gratuities, to insure its continuity, quality and service. Though The Grapevine is young, it is commencing to have its own tradition. Every member of the staff aspires to make the pa- peratruevoiceofAAAllofusare very sensitive to the thought that it ought never to be sectional in its appeal nor should it take sides on any controversial question. While it must constantly talk of people, in its news and views, it ought never to glorify or belittle anyone, nor lend itself to a commercial undertaking, nor become a mere mouthpiece for any of us, even the Central Office or The Alcoholic Foundation. Of course, everybody will see pieces in The Grapevine now and then with which he will not agree. So it must always be understood that these pieces reflect the thoughts and feel- ings of their authors but not neces- sarily those of The Grapevine. To crystallize these traditions and prin- ciples we ask for more contributions from all parts of the country. Meanwhile please don't expect too much of us too quickly. We are still understaffed; we can't possibly answer all of your letters and inqui- ries. I am afraid that will have to go for me, too. I shall be unable to en- gage in personal correspondence. I can only write a piece to all of you now and then. If agreeable to the subscribers I would like to discuss in coming issues such topics as anonymity, leadership, public relations, the use of money in AA, and the like. Upon matters such as these, our tradition and practice is by no means well settled. Like most older AAs I have come to place great reliance on the ability of our groups to work out cor- rect principles, once given sufficient experience. The purpose, therefore, of the forthcoming pieces will be to present the current thought, the pros and cons, on these moot ques- tions. These articles will be sugges- tive only. Their object will be to pro- mote further discussion rather than to announce any new principle. We of The Grapevine once more affirm that this is your periodical. It will be the vehicle for your thoughts, your feelings, your experiences, and your aspirations---if you care to make it that. While we can only publish a fraction of the material which will come to hand you may be sure that we shall do our fairest and best in making the selections. Always wish- ing to reflect AA, and nothing but AA, it will be the ideal of The Grape- vine always to serve, never to dictate or command. Please help us make it a true voice. Bill W. aagrapevine.org 57