It appeared from the editorials, letters and op-eds of the Jan. 3 paper that we must talk about “income inequality” until we’re told otherwise [“New York’s equalizer? ” editorial; “When plutocrats cry ‘envy’,” letters; “Dividends for Democrats,” Harold Meyerson, op-ed]. Someone will have to say it eventually, so here goes: Income inequality is the natural, expected and welcome consequence of an economically free society. Absent the shackles of an overreaching government and social engineers, income will flow to those with greater talents, greater intelligence and the strong work ethic to use their God-given blessings. Governments that try to reverse that flow will be forever tilting at windmills, since nature never will stop working against them.

Robert Sutton, Chantilly