There is a serious perturbation in the logic of John Kass ("This is no time to close our eyes and go to sleep," June 16). He laments that "We were once a people who prized individual liberty above all else. But we have given it up." He then decries that "the Wall Street boys haul in profits. The rest of us struggle to pay the bills."

The dichotomy of the two positions should be obvious. In the absence of a criminal act, such as fraud or theft, free people by dint of hard work, saving, sacrifice, family or just plain luck may accumulate fortunes without the condemnation of pejorative labels. If the Wall Street boys commit criminal acts, prosecute and punish accordingly. A moment's reflection and all agree that freedom equals inequality.

Chrisanne Sueltz