Maybe people do buy happiness. On credit

Debra Goldman’s feature “Can Money Buy Happiness?” [Feb. 3] was fascinating. I can’t get over the finding that happiness doesn’t budge much once income reaches the $20,000 level. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the easy credit available to consumers nowadays enables many to live beyond their means, thus making them happy. Of course, I don’t know how happy they are once they can no longer meet their minimum payments.

Rob Frydlewicz
Vp, research director
Carat Insight
New York

Substance over style: Huffington has a point

I liked the style of Jack Feuer’s “The Unpatriot” [A&C, Jan. 27]. I liked its cynical sense of humor. I liked that it pointed out some of the hypocrisies of our culture. What I didn’t like was the ease with which it seemed to discount the fact that maybe there is some truth to Arianna Huffington’s SUV-terrorism link.

Are her ads what I’d call good advertising? No. They’re heavy-handed, which makes them easy to discount. But that doesn’t mean they’re completely wrong. Could it be that we as a society toss aside any notion that suggests we may not always be correct? Could it be that America is a little too dependent on oil (including foreign oil) and might do well to push for at least a partial switch to cleaner sources of energy that won’t hold us dependent on foreign countries?

Ask yourself these questions. Don’t ask the millions of Americans who drive SUVs. They just plunked down thousands of dollars on their points of view.

Jack McGoldrick
Freelance copywriter
New York