Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: college

March
18th

COLLEGE: Where’s help for middle-class students?

Re: “Promise of free college offers hope to poor students” (editorial, 3-17).

Where do students such as mine stand a chance? I am a middle-class, single mother with two sons. They do not qualify for federal/state financial aid or for low-income aid. They don’t have enough minority in them to qualify for any grants or scholarships.

Their high school does absolutely nothing to help get them any college assistance. They are not straight-A students, but they are good students who want to learn, get a job and contribute to society. They study, play sports, stay out of trouble and

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Feb.
11th

AID: Scholarships could have a magnetic effect

Re: “Higher ed for undocumented kids pays off for us all” (editorial, 2-10).

Your editorial favors tax-funded scholarships for children of illegal immigrants. The theory is that education is good for all. Agreed. That issue has long been resolved. The real issue, as with all prescriptions, is whether the benefits outweigh the side effects.

A major missing element in the discussion is the magnetic effect or “bait” effect of providing scholarships for illegal immigrants. When word gets out that Washington offers college scholarships to illegal immigrants, will more people cross the border in search of such?

If so, what

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Sep.
5th

IMMIGRANTS: No benefits for those here illegally

Re: “Immigrants face fight over college funding” (TNT, 9-4).

I simply cannot understand why lawmakers and other supposedly educated persons continue to have a problem understanding or comprehending the extended ramifications of one simple word in the English language: “illegal,” meaning against the law.

We are not talking simply about Latinos, as the article would seem to imply. There are many others coming to America legally or illegally, establishing islands of culture and refusing to integrate into society.

There is virtually no other country in the world where someone can arbitrarily cross the border, establish residency, create progeny, and

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April
25th

COLLEGE: Extend low rate for student loans

Re: “White House sees an opening in the student loans battle” (TNT, 4-24).

As a college student who has many student loans, I can’t imagine having the interest rate on my loans double to 6.8 percent, especially since I have at least three more years of college to pay for and will be taking out more student loans I’m sure.

I strongly agree with legislation that would keep the interest rate where it is. Otherwise, fewer people will be able to afford going to college and therefore will lack good education, leading to low-paying jobs and a higher likelihood

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April
6th

COLLEGE: Is it time to rein in student loans?

Unfortunately, when many of the graduating college students walk across the stages as “Pomp and Circumstance” is played this year, along with their diplomas they will also be handed a bill for student loan charges. How much? About $25,000-plus on the average (some much higher). What a way to begin life after college: broke, unemployed and deeply in debt.

How else could young people make it through school? Well, there are several ways, including the G.I. Bill, scholarships and, of course the now somewhat old-fashioned, outdated method of working summers, weekends and part time while attending school, and foregoing things

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March
1st

SANTORUM: College brainwashing a good thing

Rick Santorum claims that college brainwashes our youth with a liberal agenda and encourages them to abandon their faith.

He’s right: I was brainwashed.

My liberal arts college brainwashed me to think with a clear mind and to make rational choices. So I chose to vote for women’s rights, to accept gay people as my fellow citizens, to doubt the value of war, to question religious dogma and to embrace American communitarianism as much as I embrace American individualism.

While in college, I integrated Eastern wisdom with my Christian faith, beginning the practice of meditation I’ve enjoyed twice a day

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Feb.
6th

TUITION: Don’t devalue GET contributions

Re: “State GET program may not cover cost” (TNT, 1-29).

I was disturbed to read about proposed differential tuition rates and the effect they will have on families who use the Guaranteed Education Tuition program to prepay tuition. In the article, state Sen. Jim Kastama characterized the proposal as a “bait and switch.”

Our family would be one of those affected by the proposal. We are contributing almost $71,000 into the GET program in lump sum and custom monthly payments over the next 13 years to send our 5-year-old son to college. I thought that this program was backed

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