Folks, There are too many negative attitudes in the world today. I think the internet helps breed negative attitudes. I probably have had a right to be negative. I lost a wife in September 2003 after a year long battle with cancer. I had a heart attack in October 2004. I lost my job in February 2005. Hard to find a new job when you are 60 and getting over a heart attack. However, I choose to be positive. Life is too short for anything else. I've remarried and now have a wonderful family and a brighter future. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is tell myself that life is great. When I shave I tell the reflection in the mirror that I feel great. Our great nation was founded by people with positive attitudes, dreams and visions. We should strive to perpetuate those feelings in our everyday life. The only permanent thing in life is change. It's all around us. When changes are made to GSSF, we should retain a positive attitude and make the best of it. If we like and enjoy GSSF, then we should do what we can to perpetuate the sport. Gasoline prices fluctuate daily, shometimes hourly. I've been a member of GSSF since 1997 and the annual dues have been unchanged since that time. The dues increase, effective April 1, 2005 is only 83 cents per month. I don't think that warrants being made into a federal offense. Match fees are unchanged, yet GSSF added 30 pistols to the prize allocation last year. Be positive. There may be a similar allocation this year, perhaps in a different promotion. If some clubs have been requested to purchase their own steel is that so unreasonable? The steel would not be for exclusive GSSF use. I think that would be better than raising match fees for those matches requiring GSSF to tow thier equipment hundreds of miles, in an economic effort to offset the rising cost of fuel, equipment and labor. What do we get out of our membership money? We get the opportunity to shoot at GSSF matches, win prizes, obtain free armorer service, free parts, all in addition to the opportunity to shoot in competition. Add in three Glock Reports per year, delivered to our door--printing and mailing costs are not cheap either--a free Glock Annual magazine delivered to our door and the priceless fellowship. That's still a bargain, even at 83 cents per month more than we've been paying. Be positive. If you wish to save money, then become a life member before April 1, 2005. If GSSF looses a few matches, be positive. Other matches will take their place. We lost Indy a few years ago, but GSSF survived. We lost Harvard a few years ago, but GSSF survived. We are quick to place blame, but reluctant to accept blame. If we want a better and stronger sport, WE must strive to make it a better, stronger support. We can intruduce new members. We can volunteer to RO for a day. We can paste targets when "on deck." We can make it better. We can be positive or we can be negative. Let us be positive. I signed up two new members last year, and hope to sign up more this year. I suggest each of you try to intruduce one new member to GSSF in 2005.