E.J. Dionne Jr.’s highlighting of economist Alan Krueger’s research on economic inequality, before the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament, was particularly prescient [“Garage band economics,” op-ed, June 17]. The competition served as yet another stark reminder of how our country’s yawning gap between the top 1 percent of wage earners and the middle class has come about within the last generation.

Thirty-two years ago, when Merion Golf Club last hosted the tournament, Australian David Graham won the title along with a respectable $55,000 in prize money. This year’s champion, Justin Rose of England, took home $1.44 million. Superstar economy, indeed.

Kevin Cutro, Richmond