Free Speech on the Histonet

From:"Barnhart, Tammy"

I realize many people wish this "vendor" thing would just go away, but I
feel we are dealing with a bigger issue here.  Without the freedom to
express our views, favored procedures and past experiences (both good and
BAD) how is this forum going to survive?  I will lose it's purpose of being
an open, interactive forum.  If I become afraid to say that in my
experience, product A works better than product B, what good is it to
express my ideas at all?  Many people ask," whose product works better for
you?"  I am now afraid to answer, I might get sued.  Or my administrator
will receive a nasty, threatening phone call.  Vendors (except those that
produce the finest products) stand only to lose if the Histonet exists.  We
are a user's group that can, through the free exchange of experiences, help
weed out the bad products and equipment from the good.  Leaves only a few
vendors left, eh?  If their products can not stand up to our (histologists)
practical experiences, than it is their job to better their products.  Not
our's to shut up and not tell anyone.  Think about it, are we ready to give
up this forum?

Tammy Barnhart, BS, HTL(ASCP)
Anatomic Pathology Supervisor
St. Alexius Medical Center
Bismarck, ND

  Oh Yea,  The above opinions are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect
the opinions of my employer.

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