I had to chuckle when I read the Dec. 22 front-page article “Disappearing act.” Although I do not totally condone Raleigh Housing Director Steve Beam’s transgressions, why single him out? He is not alone. Our entire state government has disappeared. When it comes down to supporting the real needs of children, it’s not “in the cards.” And, as far as hobbies, most politicians pursue their hobbies without compensatory time. Actually, I don’t think politicians have time for hobbies. They are too busy building their egos.