Rick, Sorry to see you depart. Your active engagement with TSE, Pound, et al, is one of the things I look forward to on the list. I worked my way through many of the same voices and texts thirty-some years ago and am glad to be reminded what some of those discoveries felt like. I'm inclined to agree with you on the inappropriateness of using the list for a political forum and have found that simply deleting messages unread from posters whose comments never or rarely touch on TSE saves beaucoup time and aggravation. The list is wholly voluntary; one isn't required to read every bit of trivia and distraction or the self-appointed politically correct. We'll be a bit poorer for lack of someone whose main agenda item was on-topic discussion. Ken A.