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PostCongrats from Henry Levin (Henry Levin, USA, 08/29/17 4:57 am)
Your introductory oration from 2006 was overly modest. You have demonstrated splendid leadership and extraordinary balance and even restraint and good humor when a number of us would show annoyance or anger. Thanks.
You have earned the right to be more deliberately irritating and provocative. You can call it the devil's advocacy or whatever. Please keep it up.
JE comments: Thank you, Hank, for your support and encouragement over the years. And not just with WAIS: your expertise in education and economics has helped me time and again in my "day job" at the College. Above all, I am grateful for getting to know you as a friend. May our paths cross again soon, in Michigan or NYC.
What do WAISers think? Should I crank up the provocation factor? My gut feeling is that irritation can be found everywhere on the 'Net, and WAISers appreciate the serenity and civility of the way we (usually) do things. Granted, some of our polemics have turned into real humdingers. Spanish Civil War, anyone? EU/Brexit? Anytime there's an election in these United States? Iran, one of our former hot-button topics, has become rather quiescent.