I was flattered to be included with the high-ranking American Chemical Society officers who were interviewed by Robin Eisner for her very interesting article "Chemists Anxious About Discipline's Fate" (The Scientist, April 1, 1991, page 1).
However, in my conversations with Eisner I did not allege that Paul Gassman's concerns about impending personnel shortages were "politically motivated." What I said was that I am concerned that there are people who would seize on this issue to persuade Congress that more funds are needed for university research. Despite this problem, Eisner's article was a welcome addition to the literature on this issue.
JOHN S. CONNOLLY
Solar Energy Research Institute