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Re: ASCE 7-05 Wind Load and Publication Costs -- "A Modest Proposal"

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Jim, can you picture the flood of response you're going to get to your suggestion? 

What you're doing is suggesting that the cost be spread more evenly over the population.  There are a lot of people who have an aversion to what we usually call "taxes," which are the way that sort of thing is provided.

And then you mention Iraq!  Whew!!

Brace yourself!   :)


In a message dated 5/9/07 9:01:49 AM, rgarner(--nospam--at) writes:
Although many who use this site turn purple at the thought of government involvement in our profession, how’s this for a proposal? The government pays ICC, ASCE, ASTM, AISC, AWS, AFPA, etc.—any code or standard writing agency referenced in the building codes—an annual royalty to cover the costs of code preparation and publication, in exchange for which these are furnished to the public free of charge on line and at a reduced cost in hardcopy. The public benefit is that architects and engineers who now get by on outdated standards or wing it would have easy access to all these documents at their fingertips, and lone practitioners with limited revenue would not be in the impossible position they are in now of being unable to stay current. What would it cost? I have no idea. $100 million? We are spending $100 billion a year on the war in Iraq. All we need to do is leave a month early.

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