NYSE specialist are entrusted to make a fair market. My opinion as a professional trader is that they are significantly more concerned with profiting off you than in offering you a fair price. If you have any doubt about the true motives of NYSE specialists, read the March 12, 2001 Wall Street Journal article entiteld "Big Board Specialists Make Money Despite Being an Anachronism." The article highlights exactly how specialist's profit motives can violate the trust we place in them. For me personally, my daily experience over the last five years has demonstrated time and again that, despite the value they provide, specialists continuously exhibit exploitive behavior made possible by their ability to determine market prices and their virtually exclusive knowledge of supply and demand. The frequency of false bids/offers, orders held for unreasonable timeframes, and general lack of market making are each examples of how specialists ignore their duties. My opinion is that they must be held accountable. Therefore, I provide this forum as a way for all traders, investors, or other interested parties to voice their anger, disgust, and/or other feelings about the specialist system in this forum. Please do so. Perhaps the NYSE will finally wake up to the problem.