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Updated: June 1, 2013 6:02AM



We should be spending more money on college educations

President Obama’s budget plan for the education department proposes increases $1.7 billion over 2012. For someone who is a student and who works in the education field I do not think this is enough money. Although most of this money will go to programs that affect our youth, it leaves a blind spot on those who attend college.

There are marginal reliefs for individuals who attend college. Pell grants will increase by $900 to $5,635. According to pellgrant.com students whose family income is under $20,000 receive these grants. Thy can make a world of difference for low to middle income students when education increases in cost 3-4% a year.

It’s a good idea to give families a tax credit of $2,500 per student, because on average the cost of one academic year at a public university is $22,261. However it is not enough. If you are a lucky student you get scholarships, maybe a full ride, but the rest will need to take out loans with an interest rate of 3.4%.

It seems we want better education, but the government does not want to truly invest in making it more affordable. The government wants to leave it up to the universities to fix, but so far they haven’t and more than likely, they won’t unless the government puts pressure on them by withholding funding.

Catherine Fletcher

Crown Point

TV show just a version of a classic book you should read

A much aggrieved person returns from years in jail with newfound wealth and a new identity to wreak vengeance on those who were the cause of their troubles. They quietly destroy the lives of those who sent them to jail and killed their father, all the while pretending to be their friend.

Some may recognize the character as Edmund Dantes, “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Most will regard it as a description of Emily Thorn, the heroine of the TV show “Revenge.” In creating “Revenge,” not only was the main character and the plot lifted from the classic book “The Count of Monte Cristo” but many of the subplots and minor characters are identical. As “The Count of Monte Cristo” was written long ago, there is no copyright and no legal requirement for the TV show to acknowledge the real writer of their script.

However unlike the book where Edmund Dantes ultimately finds some solace, and all his presumed betrayers were not his enemies, the TV show goes on and on with a never ending stream of new characters for Thorn to exact vengeance upon.

Though not good business for a TV show, some stories should have an end. Though we may all sometimes feel injured by those around us, there always comes a time to put that in the past, to either confront them with the truth or “forgive those that trespass against us” even as we ask forgiveness for our own sins.

The book is a lot more uplifting. It is available cheaply in bookstores and free online. Even for those watching the TV show, having read the book what is going on in the TV show becomes much clearer.

Norman E. Hairston

Gary



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