Re: The wealth gap

Jonathan Weiler’s article in the Feb. 9 Indy (“The wealth gap: An embarrassment of riches“) provided a vivid picture of what has been going on in this country (as well as elsewhere in the world).

It seems to me that the U.S. in particular is becoming less and less a government of the people, by the people, for the people, and more and more a plutocracy (government by the rich) and a plutonomy (an economy for the rich). This will be even more the case as a result of the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, which will allow relatively unfettered corporate cash to flow into political campaigns. This on top of the enormous sums they already spend on lobbyists, etc., to get the laws and regulations they want.

I’m not sure where all this goes. Should we pick up our pitchforks and storm the barricades, or start working harder to make our democracy function the way it should?

Jud Lawrie

Re: ChemoToxic

Many have spoken and written about going through treatment for a tumor. Cancer treatment is an experience that a large number of us share. When I read Chris Vitiello’s interesting article on a document about that experience (“Positive images,” Feb. 9), I was reminded of something that disturbs me in most cancer narratives: “one’s body … becomes an enemy.” Is that a fair and helpful statement? Actually, I feel that one’s body is one’s ally in the fight against an attack. We should honor our bodies that suffer and resist, these bodies that are us. The photographer, Willie Osterman, did just that, I believe.

Angela M. Jeannet
Chapel Hill