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Guest opinion: Raising college tuition reduces access to higher education

February 13, 2014

In 2010 the USA Today reported that roughly 30 percent of freshmen entering college in our country are first-generation college students — or the first in their family to attend college....

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Feb-22-14 8:59 PM

While I value my college education (which I, like Kottkamp, worked and paid for myself many years ago), I'm not convinced that, given the crazy amounts colleges are charging these days, it's worth the debt load students incur. I like Anti's idea - let the beneficiaries of college-educated kids step up and help out.

Given that, I also wonder if it might be "penny wise and pound foolish" to think that everyone has to go to college. I recently talked to a friend who can't find electricians to work for his business. A young relative has taken time off pursing an art degree to learn how to lay brick, a skill which will always be useful. We hear all the time that trades are begging for skilled workers.

I also wonder why college presidents are paid such exorbitant amounts. Just what do they do that makes them worth half a mil a year plus car and house and moving expenses and on and on. Somewhere things have to be straightened out, made fair again.

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Feb-16-14 10:58 PM

Kottcamp’s article is a familiar American refrain, “What good is a top notch university system if 30 percent of your population can't afford to attend?” Why can’t his party face it? They ALWAYSl fight tooth and nail to divert the cost of doing business from those who benefit from it, big business.

Obviously what needs done about education. The great need of educated young men and women is big business and corporations. They are non stop bleating about the lack of properly educated workers. Shouldn’t business pay higher taxes supporting education if they’re the beneficiaries? Please! Don’t give me that tired old, “they’ll just pass it on in their product price.” Let them do it – that’s the way our system is designed to work. And if we need their products enough we’ll cough it up.

That is how our system is suppose to work, not our legislators doing the bidding of their lobbyists, the way they do, and taking it out of our hide or some child lunch or unemployment comp funds.

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