Bud Wright: Saddling students with loan debt also war on education

By Bud Wright

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A few weeks ago I wrote a column about the war on education. To summarize, I was for a fully-funded public education system and against the voucher system. That’s an oversimplification, but you get my drift.

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I am of the opinion that

higher education should be low or no cost, however colleges are profit making business and as such make as much money as they can off the public. Even the price of textbooks has gone sky high. That's why I support programs like Kahn Academy and Coursera. I also support Open Courseware and free couseware.


The left creates disaster after disaster, and then tells you they are the only ones who can fix it. It has worked for them for 60+ years.......

What Price Education?

Attending college can be costly. For that reason alone preparations have to be made years before attendance begins. Sacrifices will have to be made by the family. Have parents been willing to change/forgo their lifestyle to benefit their child's college attendance? How bad do you want it for your child, yourself? What are you willing to give up/sacrifice for this education? Is an automobile something you want? Is home ownership something you want? What are willing to do to make these things happen?


About fifty years ago a writer for The Wall Street Journal wrote a thought provoking article about how much would a person be willing to pay for his neighbor's health care and other occurring cost one encounters over a lifetime. Vote seeking politicians have taken it much further by buying votes by virtually paying with government borrowed money for a greater percentage of people's food, housing, healthcare, education, transportation, phone service, and on and on. Have you notice how so many ahead of you from time-to-time in line at the stores load up on items which you are hesitant to buy and swipe a government provided card and away they go. We learned that a so-called higher education does not necessarily come all together from a youngster sitting in a classroom being educated beyond his or her intelligence? As a fellow name Lincoln was quoted as saying, "You don't make a short man tall by cutting off the legs of a tall man." (paraphrasing here) Accept the facts of life that all men or not created equal beyond having a soul. Stop trying to be all things to all people and you'll wind up being nothing to everyone.

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