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Why have you chosen to use the closed forum rather than the public one? This is information that should be shared publicly, even if it is bad news.
When you ask, "Why have you chosen…, I assume your question is directed at COPA, not at Don. In fact, threads start their life (and then live) on whichever forum the first poster chooses; in this case, the first poster (not Don), chose to post on the Members Discussion forum.
I agree that the subject is of general interest, but so is a great deal of what gets posted on the Members Discussion forum. If something is an immediate safety concern, someone (almost?) always cross-posts from the Members Discussion to the Public Discussion forum. Otherwise, many members tell me that they don’t even read the Public forum much, because of the relative value (to them), and the volume, of the discussions on the Members Discussion forum.
COPA has grown a lot - now, with well over 1,000 members and an all-volunteer staff, paid membership is our only regular source of income; and it’s an amazing value at $50/year! You are an articulate fellow – why not join? We’d love to have you. BTW, are you the same Placido who used to frequent the ‘old’ forum?