As a recently retired 22-year member of Congress and a longtime reader of F&S;, I feel Mr. Petzal is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts. He would leave the impression that money buys votes, which is hardly true. If a congressman trades his vote for money, he risks a very unpleasant experience with the Ethics Committee. If Mr. Petzal would like to furnish the Ethics Committee with actual facts, I'm sure they would be acted upon. But it is evident that the media would rather hide behind the First Amendment and make inflammatory statements. If I was still the chairman of the Resources Committee, I'd offer Mr. Petzal a fellowship. He needs a large dose of reality.
James V. Hansen
U.S. Representative (Utah), 1981¿¿¿2003