As someone whose parents emerged from [an] underprivileged childhood — one inner city, the other rural — into the suburban middle class, I can appreciate the pride of having achieved economic prosperity, including home ownership.
However, their experiences and teachings also imparted a more valuable lesson: the acknowledgment that most of us are only a few lost paychecks away from the precipitous slide into dire, or at least less comfortable, financial circumstances. I would urge Mike Lewis ["Poor and Poorer," Aug. 18, Xpress] to reconsider his laments and encourage him to broaden his perspective.
Unless he and all his supposedly besieged neighbors truly own their homes, i.e. owe nothing on their mortgages, I advise him not to throw stones at those who, whether by choice or financial imperative, do not saddle themselves with inordinate debt in pursuit of an increasingly meaningless status symbol.
— Sarah Almodovar