Poverty is indeed a tragedy, but the United States has no corner on it. Many people have come to America to escape poverty. Not only in the past but even today. America still, with its faults, has more opportunity for wealth than any country in the world. William Luttrell, in the Sunday, Jan. 18, Viewpoint, told us the deck is stacked. I got the idea that Mr. Lutrell is more interested in tearing down the rich, than he is in helping the poor. It seems like another case of aggravated class warfare more than true compassion and help for the less fortunate.

There is no limit on wealth or poverty. There should be no limit. There is also no limit on the disparity between them and there shouldn't be. His insinuation that people with money only acquire it by devious means, and there is some inherent evil proven by the fact that there are both rich and poor in our country is false. I lay stock in the statement of anonymous, "I'm a great believer in luck: The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have." I'll throw in a couple more just for fun. The late Michael Todd said, "I've never been poor, only broke. Being poor is a frame of mind." And finally, "Your failures won't hurt you until you start blaming them on somebody else."There is no one person or group of people who can end all poverty. We would have to change the people and their thinking. We can't always judge who is really poor. Some people who don't have much are very content and satisfied with their situation. To enter a tirade against the rich and their money does nothing to help the poor nor to end poverty. Money is not the biggest factor in being wealthy. I know people of considerable means who are poor; likewise, there are many of little means that I consider as rich. Wealth is where you find it, Mr. Luttrell.

Neldon B. Jensen

Salt Lake City