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Re: Commercial interest / determined masses / interesting subjects


I did not miss what you said in your post about AHS (and agree with it), and
I also agree we have slipped a little to far into personal bickering.  Like
all groups, it is apparent that not everyone gets along well.  We differ in
our personalities and in our views of how things should be.  Sometimes you
have to discard the noise to hear the interesting parts.

I am interested in your background.  I tend to overstep my knowledge
sometimes (as I am sure others do occasionally), and every voice of reason
helps.  Systematics and cytogenetics is clearly not my forte.  Part of the
interest in the Robins is to learn something.

A comment to those that are fed up with the politics.  I think some of this
is vacuum filling.  There does seem to be a pressing topic about Hosta right
now, so we easily revert to politics.  There are many of us who feel very
strongly (include me in this) about the current state of politics in the
society so the topic is easy to fall back on.  The point here is, if you do
not like the topic on the Robin, introduce a new one.  We are easily

Jim Anderson

-----Original Message-----
From: Lewandjim@aol.com <Lewandjim@aol.com>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Saturday, August 28, 1999 10:11 AM
Subject: Re: Commercial interest / determined masses / interesting subjects

>In a message dated 08/27/1999 8:54:24 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>jlanier@yancey.main.nc.us writes:
><< I eMailed Jim L.privately a bit ago, and asked him, among other things,
> to be kind enough to simply point out the errors in Jim Hawes points. I
> now really think he should do this publicly.  I also asked Jim L. what
> his general background is and especially as it relates to the hosta
> society, and hostas. >>
>To Lanier, Sandy Straka, and all the others who have replied both privately
>and publicly,
>Most of you need to reread my posting:
>Subj:   Re: Preferred Growers, etc.
>Date:   08/27/1999 12:06:41 PM Eastern Daylight Time
>From:   Lewandjim
>I did NOT disagree with Jim Hawes' assertions regarding "preferred
>etc. -but in fact agreed with them. A POINT ALL OF YOU SEEM TO HAVE TOTALLY
>I opposed the personal attack on Clarence Falstad who is every bit as
>honorable as any of you. I realize he can defend himself but he should NOT
>have a need to do so for expressing the same opinions you all hold sacred
>until another exercises his right! There is a proper and wrong way to
>a subject. This forum has hopefully descended to its nadir in this respect
>and will begin to regain some civility.
>If I miscommunicated at all, it may have been in terms of "commercial
>domination" of AHS. My reference here was to the bigger commercial
>such as the TC labs and the larger nurseries - and not to the "mom 'n pop"
>nursery operations and amateur hybridizers which are being hurt by these
>As to my background, it shouldn't matter except to an elitist! I previously
>stated my involvement with hostas which most of you ignored before so why
>state it again. As to my credentials, I am a botanical systematist and
>cytogeneticist by training but worked as a Zoological Park curator
>Take your best licks. I'm finished with this discussion.
>    Jim Langhammer
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