From the May 1971 magazine.

Tenth Tradition Checklist

Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the AA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

The author says: "AA's Twelve Traditions have, in my experience, often proved vital in keeping me sober, and helpful otherwise in all my affairs."

I COULD hear them down the street, before seeing them. Outside our AA meeting room, John and Jane were having at each other again, as they often did, in a political argument--good-natured, but earnest and loud. It was the year of a national election, long past, before I had ever heard of our Traditions. When I got to the door, I saw that one combatant wore a donkey pin; the other, an elephant. Both also wore exasperated looks on their red faces, and neither would listen to a word the other said.

-- B. L.

Manhattan, New York

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