Since I haven't heard from anyone who seriously objects to word verification in order to post comments (and since I just erased 20 spam comments), I have turned that feature on.
The word to type will appear below the comment box. Scroll down a bit to see it and type it in. If you enter the word incorrectly, all that will happen is that your comment won't be published and you will be asked to type in a new word. The text of your comment should remain (although you may want to paste a copy into Word or Notepad, just in case).
Let me know if anyone is having trouble with this. You can email me (click on "About Me" to get my email address), and we can try to figure something out.
This is otherwise an open forum.