In mid-February, we received an e-mail about our off-balance-sheet financing column (“Off-balance-sheet financing: Holy Grail or holey pail?” Accounting Today, Feb. 11-24, 2008, page 13) from Craig Bruya, currently chief financial officer of a Microsoft division, a former Andersen auditor and an erstwhile accounting instructor.We don’t mind getting under readers’ skins if it jars them loose from complacency. In this case, it appears we did the former, but not the latter. We think others would learn from seeing his challenges (which appear in italics but have been edited for prolixity) and our replies.

Generally I find your articles though-provoking and enlightening and generally espouse a different point of view than how we working accountants think about things. But I do get tired of one of your continuing themes that we are somehow dishonest in what we do ... .

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