heated debate

rginsburg at rsmas.miami.edu rginsburg at rsmas.miami.edu
Tue Oct 23 15:20:48 EDT 2001


I agree with Jim, we need your special views and opinions.


At 08:05 AM 10/8/01 -0400, Jim Hendee wrote:
>Contrary to your opinion that your messages are falling on deaf ears, I
>think you have awakened a lot of us to issues we were unaware of, or did
>not consider enough, or even at all.  My message on flaming was meant to
>be a gentle reminder to everyone so that the dialogue could continue.  I
>just wanted to tone things down a little because I was beginning to see
>from the messages in this thread (and from "behind the scenes" from a
>variety of subscribers) that this was a very emotional issue for some. It
>is GOOD that we see passion in this issue, because this is what it takes
>to get past the formidable hurdles of beaurocracy and other obstructions.  
>We feel this way because of the urgency of the situation, and we care.  I
>definitely do not mean to stifle discourse on this subject!  I have hope
>that the thread will continue, with decorum, which I believe it has for
>the most part.
>You obviously have a great command of the literature and issues pertaining
>to coral reef research.  I would encourage you NOT to unsubscribe (maybe
>just take a "breather?").
>	Sincerely yours,
>	Jim
>On Sat, 6 Oct 2001, Mike Risk wrote:
>> Jim:
>> Effective immediately, I am removing my name from Coral-list.
>> First, it's not doing my psyche any good. I find that I am beginning to
>> descend into the same sort of behaviour for which I have castigated others.
>> Second, I'm not sure it's doing the reefs any good. It seems that my
>> messages, whatever they may be, are not getting across. I can only hope
>> they are like those coated aspirins I take for hangovers: they don't
>> dissolve right away in your stomach, because they might cause upset, but
>> absorbed later on. (This analogy better end here!)
>> As always, I remain eager to interact with colleagues. Should anyone out
>> there wish to communicate with me, please feel free to do so:
>> riskmj at mcmaster.ca
>> Thanks for doing a great job. See you.
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