I just finished reading your article, "Things Fall Apart" (Hammer, July 8-15). I have to say, I'm not seeing the same things you are seeing around town. I work for FedEx and I deliver to those shops on 86th Street. Wal-mart at 86th and Michigan is always busy and the last time my wife and I went to Target we waited in line for 15 minutes to check out. Bush Depression? This is not a depression. If you want to know what a real depression is like I'll give you the number to my grandparents' house and let you talk to my grandfather about real suffering. At the worst, this is a recession and that is even a stretch. My FedEx truck is loaded heavier than it's ever been, which means people are ordering goods. Which also means businesses are making money. I will say that my mother was laid off her job over a year ago and has still not found work. However, she's a 55-year-old woman with no college education. There are not many employers out there looking for those qualifications.
My take on this is that you need to start smoking again. You used to write more informed articles when you had a cigarette in hand and maybe, just maybe, by you taking up the habit again you can save someone's job at the tobacco company.