I'm glad Gil Iker (Readers' Forum, June 6) thinks that our family is one of the super wealthy. We earn less than $60,000 a year, but if the tax cuts expire, our taxes will jump around $1,000 a year.

The wealthiest 1 percent pay 39 percent of all federal taxes, up 2 percent since Bush took office. The top 25 percent pay 86 percent of all taxes. Sounds to me like the rich are "paying their fair share."

Under the Bush administration, our economy survived 9/11 and was doing well with low inflation, low unemployment and low interest rates. Only in the last year or so has inflation risen, mostly due to gas and oil prices. The blame for this can be laid at the doorstep of Congress and the environmentalists who refuse to allow us to build new refineries and to drill for the oil that we so abundantly have.

The fact that the top one one-hundredth of 1 percent of Americans now receive 5.46 percent of all personal income in the U.S. doesn't affect me at all. It doesn't change what I earn or don't earn or how I choose to live. I say good for them.

Kathleen Coughran