It’s bothered me to read some of the insensitive, unsupportive, and at times vitriolic comments on this post. I know the stories. A lot of us have walked 10 miles every day in the snow, or rain, or heat, uphill both ways. I get it, many of us have suffered hardship in our youth. You can criticize Talia for whining, and questionable choices. A roommate, for example would help her. I get that too. What’s missing here is empathy, and attention to the fact that her letter puts in the spotlight one of the biggest economic problems of today. Since the 70’s the wages of the American worker has not kept pace with inflation. In high cost of living locations that is even a bigger issue. Like the old guy from Vermont that’s running for president says, “Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.” So I would say, let’s be a little more sympathetic and try to work together on this and not against each other.