I note a recent letter to the editor concerning Michael Milken, which stated that his 1987 compensation of $550 million "doesn't sound like he made it the old fashioned way."
What is that supposed to mean? Have we gotten to the point where we now presume someone is a crook if they're successful?
I do not have access to all of the facts and evidence concerning the Milken case. Neither does the letter writer. I don't know whether Milken is guilty. Neither does the letter writer.
I do, however, presume his innocence. And I am extremely offended by someone who, based solely on what they understand to be Milken's compensation, implies that he is rich, so he must be guilty.