Now let there be no question about this. Molly Ivins is my favorite hero. What does someone require to be accorded that dubious honor? The ability to reach out to real, factual events and human feelings, and draw them together into a coherent, eloquent, meaningful, and relevant whole. And now I have another hero as well. Maureen Farrell, thank you for being another one of those who, quite simply, says what needs saying, and saying it well.