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A letter from the comptroller general of the United States

I am writing concerning the Jan. 5 article entitled, "The comptroller: Washington's prophet of fiscal doom." While I was accurately quoted by Linda Feldmann, I have two serious concerns about the headline. First, I am the Comptroller General of the United States, and not the Comptroller. These are very different jobs, at different levels, and in different branches of the government. Fortunately, Ms. Feldmann had the correct title in the body of the article.

Second, and more important, I do not believe the headline fairly or accurately reflects the thrust of the article. As the article notes and anyone who knows me will attest, I am an optimist by nature.

Furthermore, I have made a number of specific and constructive suggestions about how to address our large and growing fiscal challenge. In my view, the use of a headline with such a negative tone detracts from the very important message that the article is trying to convey.

If you want to give me a nickname, I would suggest that you use the one given to me by several members of Congress, "a modern day Paul Revere."David M. WalkerComptroller general of the United StatesWashington

The new NHL is not better than before

I take issue with the Jan. 6 article, "How one forward's power play rewrote hockey's rules," which says that hockey's new rules are a "dream for fans." The numbers show that attendance is up only a meager 1.7 percent. People are not breaking down the doors to see the new NHL. But penalty minutes are up over 10 percent. The game had more flow and excitement when there were fewer penalties, but the tighter officiating has not resulted in that - just more power plays.

While shutouts may be boring, are six goals a game that much more exciting than five? I have seen some 1-0 and 2-1 games that were much more interesting than a 5-2 blowout. The new NHL is not any better than the old - just different.Jeff BeckSomerset, N.J.

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