Overheard

"Public Relations Campaign for Research Office at E.P.A. May Include Ghostwritten Articles," your July 18 news article about the use of writers who help government scientists
develop articles about technical subjects for nontechnical audiences, does not fully explain why these writers are needed. Some who may be fine writers simply don't have the time.
A few comments in your article suggest that there is something deceptive about their seeking professional help...There's simply nothing unethical about it, nor is there any
attempt to deceive the public or the media. Scientists and researchers -- even those who work for the government -- should spend their time doing what they do best."