saving the world

Mon Dec 4 16:16:28 UTC 2006

        I would like to argue against closing the list to ADS members.
I would rather not lose the input of those who have something to say, or
a question to ask, but are not yet ready to join ADS.  I certainly would
not have joined the list myself if faced with this hurdle, though I now
have been an ADS member for several years.

        With respect specifically to Mr. Zurinskas, if his posts are
really found to be that objectionable, then the appropriate response is
to ban him individually, not to change policy generally.  A change in
policy would not necessarily even be effective, since ADS membership
currently is open to anyone whose check doesn't bounce.

John Baker

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