Dear Editor, I am a student at Northwest Vista, and I am doing a class project in my government class. I recently read an article about Dan Morales and the tobacco lawsuit entitled "Dumb and Dapper: Dan Morales Spends His Way Behind Bars" [News, July 4, 2003] and was very intrigued by it. It really caught my attention. I just wanted to thank you for writing this and putting it in the Chronicle for everyone to read and be informed about. I wanted to know what you thought about this issue and other issues similar to it. Do you think that there is a lot of corruption and fraud in our government? Why do you think that these government officials cause such problems and break the trust that they have instilled in our society? As you can see by reading about Dan Morales, this has caused me to want to find out more about what goes on in the government that is being hidden. I believe that these problems of corruption and fraud in our government could be solved if there was more effective communication occurring. There have to be several ways that these problems can be improved and eliminated. This has got to stop. Once again thank you for writing this article, and thank you for your time.