Reader: I Make People's Hearts Beat Again, But I Can't Afford a Home in Denver

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Our post about the ten U.S. cities with the fastest rising home prices got plenty of attention.

A big reason: Denver was number one on the roster.

A number of commenters shared their own experiences with this situation.

Here's a particularly poignant and passionate example.

Dee Rahquin writes:

I went to school for a degree in emergency medicine. I have been working as a paramedic for several years. I have nearly perfect work performance, show up on time, and have never lost a patient. I work extremely long shifts in the rain, snow, and any other number of conditions. My shifts range from 12 hours to 48 hours and I get shafted on overtime because the industry has lobbied the government to exempt us from certain overtime requirements as a 'medical transport industry.' I pull people out of burning cars. I make people's hearts beat again. I make people breathe again. I bring people back to live. Sometimes I can go for 24 hours without sleep or a reasonable break for food. And I still cannot afford a home in the area. Is the reason for my situation because I spend too much time 'partying and hanging out with my peeps?" Or is it because we live in a society that rewards the wealthy simply for being wealthy and they get more wealthy on the backs of working class people like me who are being oppressed by plutocratic wage theft?

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

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