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Well said Edge.
 Clint.

 On 8/31/05, Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
> 
> As in any community (from family, friends, through larger social
> aggregates), we will have differences of opinion and we will
> occasionally take umbrage at another's post.
> 
> Webster's definition of umbrage is particularly appropriate for e-mail
> eruptions such as the teapot tempest I've just read through upon my
> return from Iowa--from a funeral with a very few miles of deviation to
> see some birds--
> 
> Umbrage
> 4: a feeling of pique or resentment often at some fancied slight or
> insult.
> 
> 
> The Missouri birding community is strong, vibrant, and as diverse as our
> geography and heritage. Missouri birders are [oh, dear, my tongue may
> get stuck in my cheek with this one] somewhat opinionated on a variety
> of topics. Because of our diversity it is inevitable that we will have
> disagreements--often over something someone wrote with no intention of
> causing offense. [Been there; done that--both ends--tain't fun.]
> 
> Let's have a moratorium on finger-pointing at one another. We all share
> one interest: birds. Let us respect the various manners in which we
> enjoy them as we respect one another as fellow passengers on a wondrous
> journey.
> 
> It is likely that ramifications of this human abetted "natural disaster"
> will haunt this nation for the remainder of our lifetimes. As we mourn
> the losses, it is not unseemly to celebrate blessings, too. Our lives
> will be unsettled in many ways; each of us will try to cope the best way
> we can with the horrors and with niggling inconveniences.
> 
> Let us be patient with one another. Let us be thankful that we share a
> pastime that brings us joy and, even if only briefly, carries us above
> burdens and sorrow.
> 
> GOOD BIRDING!
> 
> Edge Wade
> Columbia, MO
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Clint Trammel
Rolla, MO

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