To the editor:
Being raised in a working class family during the 1950s, golf seemed to be a “rich” person’s game played at gated private golf courses or exclusive country clubs.
As the middle class grew, disposable income and leisure time increased, and golf attracted the middle class. Public and open golf courses grew, and the golf industry flourished. Now the middle class is in decline, almost vanishing, along with it the financial resources to pay fees, buy equipment and the free time needed to play.
Like my dad, most individuals have to work harder to provide for themselves and their families, some working multiple jobs.
They are tired, and the two to three hours needed for a round are precious amounts of time. Golf is a great game and tweaking the rules is not bad; but until the middle class is revived, I don’t know how long the golf business will stay in decline.
In a related note, it is amazing to see articles about the declining unemployment rate along with articles about the increased demand placed on food pantries in Johnson County. Service industry jobs that pay minimum wages or slightly higher cannot support families.
Some very hardworking people work multiple jobs, and in some families both spouses work to provide child care, food, housing, education, health care, etc. Yet the rich are getting richer, like the 1920s, and the working class is getting poorer.
God bless all the citizens of the United States of America.