Lifted by privilege, he’s not above the less fortunate

I was distressed to read of the Silicon Valley software engineer who wants to be spared the agony of acknowledging the homeless population in San Francisco (“ ‘Tech bro’ says homeless are ruining city,” Page A2, Feb. 19). In a telling sentence, he writes, “The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it.” I am also a software engineer; I also got an education, and I believe that I work hard. I can also recognize that there are other factors besides my own hard work, dare I say privileges, that helped me get here: an upbringing with access to the resources I needed to learn about computer programming; access to high-quality education; time to while away in front of a computer, instead of having a job. We should be grateful for how lucky we are to have landed in a highly desirable and well-paying field, instead of trying to shut our eyes to those who haven’t “earned it.”

Herb Susmann