Upward Motion

The idea of achieving great success through hard work and pulled-up bootstraps is compelling and romantic ["What Ever Happened to Upward Mobility?" Nov. 14]. But we can't all be in the upper two-fifths. And like it or not, our nation's challenge should be to make sure the lower fifths can enjoy a reasonable quality of life.

Michael Wegner, ATHENS, GA.

With regard to your question of "What Ever Happened to Upward Mobility?": What ever happened to deferred gratification, responsible decisionmaking, persistent attempts at achievement and a diligent search for opportunity?

Andrew Colyer, BEL AIR, MD.

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