Todd... I remain a bit confused. Please forgive me if this seems offensive (it isn't intended to be) but you need to do two things: 1. explain more details of what, why and how you are shooting, and 2. bone up on some of the fundamentals. Otherwise it is really tough to figure out what is going on and help you out. It most likely is not the filter. Think about this - focus and flare. Are you handholding or tripod? Are you using a lens hood? What is your lighting? And, again, what was the intent of the polarizing filter in the first place? (The last, of course, may be a nonsensical question at this point but goes back to my first comment about explaining the details and intent.