A Disappointed Reader

BY FRED "RICK" HARRISON

Sorry, I just don’t like nine pages of the JofA devoted to an “informal survey.” I’m considering starting up a public practice again after three years, and I was interested in seeing the article, “ Users Rank Tax Software ” ( JofA , Oct.03, page 30).

Aren’t accountants supposed to be analytical, objective and interested in the facts? How does an “informal survey” meet these requirements? Isn’t this type of approach creating some of the great headlines (Enron and WorldCom, for example) that we’re seeing now? Instead of an “informal survey,” why didn’t the article just state “gut feeling”?

Well, that’s my feeling, and I am just a little (never mind, a lot) disappointed.

Fred “Rick” Harrison, CPA
Los Gatos, California

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