Students should take out loans for college
Washingtonians historically have supported the notion that financially disadvantaged college students receive grants and scholarships to pay their way through college while most middle class students did not qualify because of parental income.
Now that the cost of education is so high, most if not all middle class families are no longer able to afford college for their children.
Student loans are now more common than ever before.
Since all college graduates are pretty much on a level playing field upon graduation, I believe it is time to discontinue grants and scholarships based upon income for disadvantaged students and require that all students who attend college pay for it the same way — by taking on the obligation of student loans.
I believe grants and scholarships based upon superior academic performance are justifiable, but for the majority of college students, it is time to be fair and require the same level of responsibility.
This proposal is fiscally sound (would permit reallocation of millions of dollars) and would have the support of the majority of Washingtonians.
This proposal makes sense because its implementation will resolve the cost of higher education and will therefore keep the cost under control.
Thank you for considering this idea. If you are in theoretical agreement, let your legislators know of your support for this reform idea.
TED SPARKUHL, Olympia
Health reform bill has local benefits
According to an October report released by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Affordable Health Care for America Act will benefit the 3rd Congressional District of Washington state in many ways.
It will improve employer-based coverage for 478,000 residents; provide credits to help pay for coverage for up to 176,000 households; improve Medicare for 116,000 beneficiaries, including closing the prescription drug donut hole for 11,500 seniors; allow 17,900 small businesses to obtain affordable health coverage and provide tax credits to help reduce health insurance costs for up to 16,800 small businesses; provide coverage for 60,000 uninsured residents; protect up to 1,500 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs; and reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and health care providers by $38 million.
Similar reports have been released for every congressional district in our nation. So, when anti-health care reform groups funded by lobbyists are blasting the airwaves with misinformation about how this act will hurt us all, let’s take some time to visit the facts for ourselves.
JILL LYNCH, Olympia
Don’t start gun control debate
I was horrified when I heard/saw the news that four of our heroes in blue had been murdered in cold blood.
Like so many others, I respect and value what our policemen and policewomen do each and every day to protect us. I heaved a huge sigh of relief when I heard that the gunman had been shot and killed.
It won’t be long, though, before there are those who step forward again and start advocating for gun bans under the guise that doing so will keep weapons away from criminals. The only thing a gun ban will do is ENSURE criminals have weapons!
Please, as we lay these officers to rest and grieve for their families, let’s not step backward and start the gun ban discussion again.
It is because we have the right to bear arms - legally - that we are safer here than anywhere else in the world. It is time to discuss how our judicial system allowed this man and others like him to be out on the streets. Let’s begin.
DEB GREGORY, Lacey