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“You are paying unreasonably low card fees, which translates directly to unreasonably low director fees, so yes, your right to complain is suspended.”

At what price does the right to complain be permitted?
June 10
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June 10
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As of now, there are 451 comments on this and 438 on George Jacobs'
post. Which will come in first and will there be more than 1,000 comments combined?
June 3
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I had a different situation,having gotten a few points 25 years ago, and left ACBL until 2012. I was told that I wasn't grandfathered into the 300 points (didn't care at that time) but 2 or 3 years later I got an email from ACBL saying that in response to my request, I would be grandfathered in. Not only did I not pay any extra money, I never asked them to grandfather me.
May 25
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I was using handouts made in powerpoint but not using the projector. After a few classes, I decided to save some trees by using a Word document as my handout
May 18
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We had a somewhat similar situation last week. Opponent opened 2 diamonds, alerted as Flannery. I passed and opener's partner did as well as did mine. Opener's partner had 6 diamonds, 3 spades, 3 clubs and 1 heart. Their bid went down 4 tricks because we got them in a cross ruff. Spades would have worked out better for them.

What was interesting was that if they weren't playing Flannery and it had gone pass, pass, the other player might have opened 2 diamonds as a weak 2 bid.
May 18
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“The sneaky tactic of taking a trick with a lower card when an opponent holds a higher one is known by this ‘delicate ‘term” 3/26/17 Jeopardy Calendar
May 8
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“Gatlinburg, the worlds best regional.”

Is the world's or even the United States' best regional or just the largest?
May 7
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I think there are sound political reasons for not going to Turkey.
May 5
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“The singular of data is anecdote.”

But the plural of anecdote is not data.
April 30
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And the engineer says that the glass is twice the size as it needs to be.
April 30
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“Presumably a player asking a scoring question has a reason. The most likely reason is they don't know the scoring. Perhaps they are a new player. Perhaps it's an unusual situation (a XX for example) Perhaps they played a lot of old school rubber bridge where 1-3-5-7-9 was the rule and had some inkling that the scoring had changed.”

I was the OP on that question. It was at a I/N Sectional,where he walked away to ask the director about how many points a vulnerable grand slam would make. Based on some small digging that I did subsequently, the opponent was not a novice. He did not say why he was going to the director until I asked him after the hand was completed.
April 28
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Is the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” used anywhere other than the courts in some countries? And can't- you not be proven guilty, but not be innocent? (I'm looking at you, O.J. Simpson)
April 20
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“I was stating a fact, a sad and ineffective one in my view. But you can decide how you want to read it.”

Not sure if it is a fact or your opinion. Definitely not sad. Arguably ineffective.
April 20
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Thank you for your comments. This was a 499 game. ACBL listed some other tournaments that he has played in over the past couple of years. He clearly is not a novice,although I don't know how many years that he has been playing. Our 7 spade contract tied with one other for top. All but one other team bid 6 spades making 7. So while we did better because of his getting (and using) an answer to the question, it indirectly penalized to our opponents in our direction that he was given the answer.
April 7
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Have you ever tried playing without caffeine before 2pm? Might suprise you that you could do well without it.
April 3
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The dozens of people over 6o who take my beginner's bridge class would disagree with you David. And I know local teachers who have a lot more than dozens of newcomers. Obviously anecdotal, but I bet the more noted bridge teachers have many, many more retirees who want to learn bridge for the first time or haven't played in decades as they raise families, work, etc.
March 15
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Does it matter that the fields and players may be weaker as long as new people still want to learn and play bridge?
March 14
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When he was coaching, Billy Herman listed bridge as one of his hobbies.
March 14
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“My understanding (if I'm wrong about this, please let me know) is that the motivation behind banning of drugs is that they are harmful to the athlete. Some athletes are willing (perhaps without realizing the dangers) to accept long term harm to their bodies in order to acquire the short term gain from success in their competition. The drug banning is an attempt both to prevent this long term damage and to level the field for athletes who do not wish to take these risks.”

I doubt that is true for professional sports but hopefully applies to amateur sports. There may be several reasons why drugs are banned, including giving users unfair advantages, beating records that were made without drugs (Barry Bonds etc.); and the overall conservatism of owners and players. On the other hand, they usually give warnings and/or lesser penalties for first time the violator is caught, and in some sports is an issue for collective bargaining.
March 6
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