Many years ago now, after discharge from the Army, I was working as an electronics mechanic apprentice for the US Government (Navy) as a civilian. I found myself working with an old timer who was aged, at the time, in his mid 70’s. His name was Clarence Fields, we all called him “Pops”, and he was from Sonoma, CA. He was the oldest electronics mechanic in the shop at the shipyard where we were employed. He encouraged me to get my first license as a Novice in the 1970’s, which I did not stay with at the time. He was an amateur radio operator (I never did know his callsign) and he told me hours of endless stories about ham radio while we worked at the bench together. He told me that he and friends where he had come from were hams before there was a government agency involved and how they all thought that when the government got involved that it would just mess things up. He told me that hams were “self regulating” and that they did not need anyone’s permission to operate a radio of any kind, on any frequency, and that included the government. He then followed about how the government had the then operators get involved in setting up some rules for everyone to follow and then almost everyone was satisfied. He told me endless stories of the changes in ham radio over the years and how things had been made worse, or better, depending on your view at the time. He told me of arguments at club meetings and over the air and such. It often made me wonder if I really wanted to be involved in the hobby. It appears that we have not changed any over the years. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, like it or not. It would appear that the ARRL and the FCC will make the General Class no code a reality, and that only the Extra Class will have to suffer the rigors of passing the dreaded 5 WPM CW testing. Will this bring an infusion of new HF operators into being? It would appear so, at least to me. Is it going to ruin Amateur Radio? I would hope not. Everybody has there own favorites for operating today. I still operate a little CW today but I prefer voice. I was a radio operator in the Army and taught CW as an instructor for a short time. It’s not my favorite mode by all means. On the other hand, I refuse to put a computer in control of my rig, or even near its operating position. Call me old fashioned. It would appear to me that the ARRL and the FCC are trying to makes some changes that they see fit. And those changes have been influenced by many groups and individuals. Your opinions may not agree with what they have come up with but I am beginning to think that most of us just want something to complain about. Without that, we seem to be at a loss.