[Histonet] Goodbye Joe and other thoughts

From:"Hofecker, Jennifer L"

I tried to stay quiet, but after two days of contemplation, I must "chime" in.  First, I hope that it really isn't Good bye to Joe.  I personally appreciate his humor, honesty and vast array of knowledge.  He has helped me out on many occasions in the past.  
As for the flaming that one encounters on this list... I have (since my initiation into the flamed club) always tried to refrain from anything that could be taken as an inflammatory comment.  It's not just vendors that are doing the flaming and causing trouble with employers.  Most of the negativity that I have received has been by private list members.  I would think that a forum such as ours can only successfully exist if we can exchange positive and negative views on topics.  I admit, if I am going to post a positive endorsement for a product, I'll post to the general list.  If I have a negative opinion (not often, if you know me) I will usually respond in private to the person who posted the query.  Self preservation, I guess...
I definitely think that going around behind people's backs to their bosses is not a good idea.  I would; however, like to remind everyone that our vendor companies can also be a vehicle for tremendous good.   They help out on the state, regional, and national levels with so many things that we may not even realize.  It's very easy to get caught up in the negativity, but I did want to interject a little "ray of sunshine". 
I hope that Joe will come back to the list and I hope that those (vendors and others) who feel they must try to cause trouble over an opinion, will take a vacation, go to the spa, hibernate, or do something else to relieve their stress.  As for me, I'll continue to tread lightly with my posts.  Hopefully, I haven't angered anyone today.
Have a great week,
Jennifer Hofecker, HT (ASCP)
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Division of Neuropathology
(615) 343-0083
(615) 343-7089 fax
TSH President
NSH Quality Control Committee Chair



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