Regarding the "It isn't a sin to be rich, but ..." commentary on the Herald's Jan. 2 Opinion page, I consider the opinions of these two gentlemen to be off base and completely wrong.
The people in the U.S. do not hate rich people; what they hate are rich people who get their money by stealing it from the average guy.
Corporate boards of directors are supposed to protect the stockholder. They are now, for the most part, paid lackeys of the corporate executives.
In Europe, executives make 50 times the average salaries. In this country they make 300 times the average salary, and the small stockholder has nothing to say about this.
On Wall Street, the people there churn accounts and manipulate stocks, and in the process are stealing money from the average stockholder.
When Wall Street makes money, the average stockholder loses. If you took all these ill-gotten monies and created jobs, you would have a more fairly distributed economy.