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Letter: Dismayed by beach path bidding war

A view of the beach access between Mitchell

A view of the beach access between Mitchell Dunes Lane and Raymond Lane in Napeague. A bid dispute over a parcel of land one foot in width from the beach to the highway led to a final purchase price of $120,000, beginning at this dune. (Sept. 4, 2013) Credit: Gordon M. Grant

I found "Here's the skinny: $120,000 land sale" [News, Sept. 5] sad and disturbing. It epitomized the absurd disparity between the wealthy and the rest of the population.

Long Island and the rest of the country are just struggling out of a great recession. Cities are going bankrupt, states and municipalities are struggling to pay for basic services, many people have lost their homes, and others are still struggling to hold on to theirs.

Unemployment is still too high, and many workers have given up trying to find jobs. Young people are incurring more debt than they can afford for higher education, and Congress is looking to cut essential safety-net programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and Head Start.

And here we read of two obscenely wealthy individuals, both working in finance, a field that essentially exists to make rich people richer, bidding up to $120,000 so that one of them can have more convenient access to the ocean from his beach vacation home.

Is it me, or is there something just fundamentally wrong with that?

Stephen Reich, Wantagh