Time for a lifestyle, not a diet
The Oct. 19 front-page article "Frugality falling out of fashion?" achieved little outside of furthering the already distorted mentality of an extravagant and naive America. This mentality is that we are experiencing just a short economic downturn, just a little "extra around the middle," and all we need is to go on a diet to get rid of it.
Diets don't work, and neither do "spending diets." Lifestyle changes and shifts in how we think and behave -- that works. And that is what needs to happen to get out of a mess that has been slowly building up for much longer than any of us have been alive.
To the music agent who wants to reward himself for working all the time: try putting in just a few less hours (and, yes, forfeit some financial gain) and use that time to spend with your family and friends, some of the free things in life.
Our happiness needs to begin coming from within our communities and ourselves, instead of from the brand labels of material objects and the false sense of accomplishment that companies have manipulated us into feeling when we buy into their schemes.
Kelly Barrett, Washington