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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 2, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Don’t buy a house

Column was elitist, out-of-touch

Sharon Pian Chan should be ashamed of her elitist, out-of-touch column [“Why you should not buy a house,” Opinion, July 1.]

Her basic premise — that homeownership is a bad idea — may have some validity. Economists are free to debate that.

However, she is way out of line in moaning about the alleged hardships in her own experience. She had to agonize about paint colors. She had to eat food from her remodeled kitchen. A pipe broke. Her pet wasn’t housebroken. She had to go to Home Depot. She didn’t get to go to Istanbul.

Boy, life’s a bear, isn’t it?

Perhaps Chan should descend from her Capitol Hill condo long enough to spend some time in Washington’s real world. She’d find people with substandard housing or no housing at all; people without enough to eat; people who wouldn’t worry about the kitchen’s paint color. She’d find people who couldn’t pay for a Greyhound ride to Portland, let alone a trip to Istanbul.

She would, in short, find thousands of people who would gladly trade their problems for hers.

Gordon MacCracken, Centralia

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