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suggestions for journal improvements etc

Dear Hosta friends
I have been reading your responses to my suggestions for 
improvement of the journal. I am happy that this time I got several 
responses even more  positive than negative Some 
misunderstandings must be dealt with: 
1, I never asked nor will, for more scientific articles These I can find 
in the more than 100 scientific plantjournals in the library just 25 
meter from were I work. I only asked for informative articles about 
hosta. This includes articles for the starters, I see very few of 
these. I only objected to the large number of pages not devoted to 
hosta. I am a member of several GARDEN societies and know that 
there are other ways, putting all information about  people in the 
yearbook and use the glossy Hosta journal for hosta. THe editor 
should strive in to how few pages he can incorporate an article not 
how can it  be spread on as many as possible pages. or to say it 
otherwise: use the red pencil ( I never heard there was a shortage 
of articles).
2. I never asked for a full reprint of my article on tetraploidy etc, nor 
for a discussion of the article, although at least ten members have 
a copy.  I only asked for mentioning in a single line that there was 
such an article, written by one of the members (yes I am still a 
member too) How many scientific  hosta articles are there 
worldwide anyway? Can anyone give me a single reason why this 
article has not  been mentioned so far , yet at the same time R 
Grazini is speaking on tetraploidy at the Winter meeting so there 
must be some interest for the subject!
3. I dont consider my articles for the AHS as being scientific, at 
most popular scientific. Compare with my article on ploidy chimera.
 4. I never objected to paying my fair share including the higher 
postal rates outside the USA ( pleas give the opportunity for 
sending by boat) I only objected to paying taxes because some 
were clever and got a life-membership and yet at the same time 
USA members are given discounts. I f this continues I predict that 
half the foreign members whose fees are now due, will not continue 
5. THe AHS should ask itself why they have so few members ( 
Hosta Is the number one perennial!), why so few of the local 
members are a member of the national society and why there is 
such a low foreign participation. 
^. For me there are strong parallels between the American public 
society( Dont ask, shoot first), as exemplified especially during the 
recent elections, and the behaviour of  the Hosta society and its 
members. I must say in that respect I learned a lot! 
Ben J.M.Zonneveld
Clusius lab pobox 9505
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
Fax: 31-71-5274999
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