I just sent the following letter to the New York Times:
To the Editors:
I suspect I am not the only reader who found page 3 of the January 9 edition bitterly ironic. The juxtaposition of news of 85,000 new job losses with advertisements for $135 dress shirts (a bargain!), $850 pearl earrings, and an 18K white gold and diamond cocktail ring is, to me, indicative of the moral bankruptcy of American society. Call me a socialist if you will, but I still believe that those who continue to engage in conspicuous consumption, while others struggle just to survive, are beneath contempt.
I think I can predict, with fairly complete certainty, that the letter will not be published.