Re: [OPE-L] Notification (2 of 2)

From: Howard Engelskirchen (howarde@IASTATE.EDU)
Date: Mon Dec 03 2007 - 23:20:11 EST

Hi Jerry,

As much as I wish it were so, I have little hope 
we have finished the book on this.

Also, as everyone realizes, however corrosive 
flames and bad feeling exchanged among us, 
episodes of the sort we go through also threaten 
the survival of the list, as you yourself acknowledged.

In the interest of list survival, please give 
consideration to lessons amassed by long legal 
experience everywhere  it is not a wise idea to 
have anyone judge their own cause.

I have no axe to grind and I make no judgments 
whatsoever about rights or wrongs.  I simply 
observe from long history that you are often not 
a disinterested party when it comes to the disputes that have emerged.

For that reason I think you should quickly recuse 
yourself in the future from any implementation of 
list policy that involves punitive action of the sort we have just seen.

In fact the point might well be 
generalized.  Independent of what or who the 
issue concerns, it might very well be a good idea 
that the person in the position of holding the 
list together -- as you do -- specifically not 
participate in matters of discipline concerning 
violations of list decorum.   You might find that 
others could insist much more rigorously and 
consistently on conduct appropriate to the nature of our exchange.

Let me add that I make no fetish of legality here 
 I have no doubt it would be preferable to think 
in terms of a lively policy of criticism 
self-criticism all round.  But it seems clear the 
limited nature of our collaboration does not lend 
itself to the cohesion required for that.

In solidarity,


At 08:02 PM 12/3/2007, you wrote:
>Fred and Dogan have re-subscribed.
>In solidarity, Jerry

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