A vexing problem for me as president is being called by a reporter from a prominent newspaper or national newsmagazine and being asked, "What is APA’s position on this issue?" In most cases, I must respond that APA has no official policy, and I can only give them my own opinion as one individual psychiatrist. APA’s position statements require approval by the Assembly and the Board of Trustees. In a group of 36,000 psychiatrists, there are many opinions strongly held. For instance, we have no official policy on the death penalty in general, but we do have a policy against the death penalty for capital offenses committed by a minor. As we go forward, we will need to develop official policies based on scientific evidence, clinical experience, and the ethics of our profession. It will take an open mind, professional skills, and hard work to develop these policies. Perfection is the enemy of good.