This letter is in regard to Froma Harrop's column in the Sept. 11 edition of the Daily Herald in which she claimed to be better off than she was four years ago. Ms. Harrop was obviously responding to the question raised at the Republican convention last month, which I am sure was not directed at Ms. Harrop or others of similar status in our society.
It is likely that Ms. Harrop was far better off in 2008 than the majority of other Americans and apparently things have only gotten better for her. She continues to be employed at what I assume to be a well-paying job and has health care, and the stock market recovery has added to her wealth. She is feeling good about the economy and her inherited aversion to debt and her prudent financial practices have paid off.
Good for her. We should all be so fortunate, but then we all couldn't grow up in Long Island or attend New York University or be a prize winning journalist, so I suppose she had a better head start than most.
There are millions of Americans who are not so lucky. There are those looking for employment or taking low-paying jobs since they can't find work in their chosen field; those who face daily challenges of paying their mortgage or making rental payments, student loans, transportation costs or just putting food on the table; and those worried about what the future holds for our children and grandchildren with the ever growing national debt. Those are likely the audience to whom the question was asked.
Ms. Harrop should probably not try to answer for them.
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