A week ago in this space we noted the strained relations between ASTA and ARTA and lamented that the two associations, former allies, were "bickering." 

We have since been reminded that it takes two to bicker, as Don Ameche and Frances Langford (aka John and Blanche Bickerson) comically demonstrated to radio audiences in the previous century. In the incident noted in the editorial, ARTA did indeed take a public relations swipe at ASTA, but ASTA made no public response.

This wasn't bickering.

Our poor choice of words aside -- and it was a poor choice -- we continue to pine for the old days, when ASTA and ARTA could present a united front to regulators, legislators and suppliers.

Those were the days.
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