Sociology professor Patrick Sharkey decries how some Americans have distanced themselves from society’s problems. He specifically admonishes those who “erect gated communities.”

I am 84 years old and my wife is 80. We no longer are able to defend ourselves. Living in a gated community provides comforting security. Perhaps Professor Sharkey will understand that when he gets old.

Charles S. Rockey Jr. ’57
Boca Grande, Fla.