As someone in the group who Shana Rhodes referred to as a “1 percent wannabe” (“Great Letters!” June 14) I feel I must reply to set the record straight.
First, I have no illusions of ever being in the one percent. However, I do not have the envy of Ms. Rhodes of people who happen to have more money than I do. A few months ago I wrote to the Chronicle directing readers to a website where they could see the full IRS statistics showing that the rich pay more than their fair share. Obviously, Ms. Rhodes decided to not let facts get in the way of her opinions.
I am 60 years old and will rely on Medicare and Social Security in a few years. Medicare and Social Security are on a course to run out of money in a number of years, and I would like to see the problem fixed even if it means a reduction in benefits. Ms. Rhodes is right that I am an anti. I am anti people who think like the Greeks and put their heads in the sand to avoid the reality of the situation. I am also anti people who demonize those whom they disagree with.
Ms. Rhodes should not be so self-righteous. She is not that smart.