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Hi All;

Just so no one gets the wrong idea, I think Philip is a person of unimpeachable character who works extremely hard to provide the best possible product he can provide to those that subscribe to the Value newsletter.

Though I have personally never met him, I have had both e-mail and boards discussions with him and his investing message has always been the same, help anyone that asks.

With that said, I do not subscribe to a single Foolish newsletter, nor do I believe any of the claims for 95% return since inception, or any of the other silliness that seems to be used to sell one Foolish newsletter or the other. Claims of unachieavable returns are just that, claims.

Perhaps someday the Foolish newsletter departments will pay an outside auditor to go through what the actual returns have been so that this information might be used in the subscribe now campaigns.

On a prior thread ( there was some comment from Mr. Gardner about a poster not being quite fair in complaining about an advertising link to the Value newsletter. All of the points made were, in my opinion, open, sincere, and to some extent, frank. Kudos to Tom G.

But here's my beef. Every time there is a post made similar in scope to the one that started the thread I metioned, at least to my mind, it's a violation of The Motley Fool's Rules - Terms & Conditions of Service.

Specifically what's violated is: "Post or transmit any advertising, promotional materials, or other forms of solicitation including chain letters and pyramid schemes;"

While I can't and won't speak for anyone but myself, I have to admit that I'm curious as to why the rules of Fooldom that apply to me, don't apply to everyone?

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