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  1. Ivan Barry Pless
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ivan Barry Pless, Westmount, Quebec H3Y2V2, Canada; barry.pless{at}

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To the Editor:

It may seem odd for a former editor to be writing a letter to a new editor, but, it may help to know that it is not the editor who is the intended target. It is you, dear reader and dear authors, to whom this appeal is directed. I have just completed nearly 10 years writing the Global News column and providing fillers for each issue of this Journal. But, not once did I receive any feedback: no compliments, no criticisms. Nada.

This leaves me with two possible conclusions: first, and most likely, no one ever read any of this stuff. Second, everything I wrote …

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