Subject: File No. S7-08-09
From: Michael Belton

May 5, 2009

Please begin to strictly enforce the rule prohibiting naked short selling. "Looking the other way" and allowing this type of unfair trading has helped bring about the economic crisis we are now in. We also need to re-implement the uptick rule in its original form. The removal of this rule has given the greedy and unethical yet another tool that can be used to unfairly drive down the price of the companies that they target. Those who choose to be short sellers should be allowed to do so...I am just asking for the level playing field that would, in the long run, benefit everyone.