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For the record, my comments were directed towards the assessment task and to
those making that assessment.

Bill Allen

FLew98 wrote:

> In a message dated 98-01-23 19:31:07 EST, Dennis Wish wrote:
> > Can't stop injecting my 0.02 so here goes. I have a limited agreement with
> >  Frank on this issue, but feels that he misses about 50% of the argument.
> >  Assessment is only a part of the game. Repair and retrofit is the other
> side
> >  that will put displaced people back into their homes. This is the side of
> >  the problem that becomes overrun with profit mongers and bottom feeders
> that
> >  infect and give ligitimate engineers a bad reputation.
> Rick Ranous' posting that started this thread was focused on the emergency
> response phase immediately following a damaging earthquake, when safety

> assessments, and decisions based on those assessments, are the primary focus
> of government, the media, and the public.  My posting addressed comments that
> were made others about who should be assessors.  It was Dennis, Bill and
> others who diverted the thread to the recovery phase, when repair and
> rehabilitation work are performed, so they can again mount the soapbox to
> expound on your favorite subject of unqualified architects and structural
> designers.  So, rather than my getting it 50% right, Dennis got this thread
> 50% off-course.
> Frank Lew, SE
> Orinda, CA