Reader feels for those suffering millionaires

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2008

It was interesting to read that one in 17 Alaskans are millionaires and that the figure is actually up from one in 20 the last time they counted.

Now, when I drive into town, I will assume that every 17th vehicle contains a millionaire and that every 17th house or apartment has a wealthy occupant. This compares to the national average of roughly 1 millionaire per 33 people.

I began to suspect as much when I noticed a bell ringer during the holidays was wearing French cuff links made from gold nuggets. And when one of the 17 carry-out folks declined a tip and instead offered to give me five dollars "just to even things out."

I once knew a lad whose parents were millionaires. It can be a curse, believe me. For instance, he could never spend his allowance because none of the merchants would accept bills larger than $50. And all those times when his chauffeur was sick. Or the Caviar Shortage of 1987. I used to feel sorry for him, but now I know that his pain is being shared by at least one of every 17 Alaskans that I will panhandle from today.

Bill Gronvold


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