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Borrowers, like those who take out student loans, have a responsibility to pay off their debts – Chicago Tribune

Student loans are taken by people who are going to college and should have the ability to make responsible decisions. Borrowers have a responsibility to repay their debts, and fortunately most do.

Protected and progressive children would like the government (taxpayers) to cancel or reduce their legal obligations. What about all of our hard-working citizens who regularly pay off their car, house, furniture, credit card and other debts? Why should university students be treated differently?

The government should never have gotten into the student loan business and has no legitimate reason to bail out these selected borrowers. Student activists say without debt forgiveness they will not support the Democratic Party in the midterm elections. I hope our elected officials promote personal responsibility and the values ​​of the nation and do not solicit votes.

—Jim King, Northbrook

How about instead of writing off student loan debt, university and college financial aid offices are doing a better job advising students and their parents about what fields of study students are pursuing versus potential costs once these students graduate?

I know of a student who graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in forestry and is now over $100,000 in debt. How can someone with a degree in forestry ever repay that debt?

Getting a student loan is not like getting a mortgage, although it can amount to similar debt. There are no conditions for student loans that deal with ability to pay, creditworthiness, or current or future wages. Universities and colleges have an incentive to rack up student loan debt because it simply gives them more money. It is a very bad model.

—Mike Swift, Chicago

Half the country is in turmoil following the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk. The charges are mocked regarding Musk’s biases and how he will turn Twitter into a one-sided racist, supremacist and misogynist apartheid for white men.

The guy has barely begun to take over the reins of the company, and already the left is spouting negativity. How about giving the man a chance to prove he bought the company to allow free speech? It’s amazing how many people fear that Twitter is becoming a one-sided bastion of lies and misinformation! No, that’s what Twitter been.

Musk seems like a man of his word, so let’s give him a chance to make Twitter what it should be.

-Robert J. Gorman, Glen Ellyn

This cruel Trump-era immigrant scapegoat policy must end. Seeking asylum at the borders of our nation is a right guaranteed by our laws.

We have the ability to process asylum seekers without violating their human rights, and our government has a plan to do so in an orderly fashion. Moreover, simple public health measures like testing, vaccination, treatment and quarantine can cope with the impact of COVID-19. American families want lawmakers to create a fair asylum review process that treats everyone with dignity.

It’s time to put an end to the misuse of Title 42 once and for all.

—Linda Johnson, Chicago

The 363-mile-long Erie Canal was under construction for eight years and completed in 1825, connecting the Great Lakes to the Hudson River at a cost of $7 million. Its success exceeded all expectations, profitably connecting the western waterways to the Atlantic Ocean.

Before Lake Mead dries up and the western states rekindle the ‘Dust Bowl’ of the 1930s, why not try a canal that will connect Canada and parts of the northern United States to the Colorado River ?

With today’s methodology and the advancement of civil engineering, why not? The wealth and modern equipment of this nation can not only improve and lengthen life in the West but also essentially guarantee the sustainability of agriculture that the whole country needs!

At least we may be able to postpone some of the devastating effects of climate change until there are none tomorrow.

—James D. Cook, Schaumbourg

For more than 40 years, I have worked with young people in difficulty. I have been a high school science teacher, a high school special education teacher, a special education teacher, and an administrator of two therapeutic day schools, and have served two presidents and governors in four states on task forces and education committees.

The student ticket (“The Price Children Pay,” May Day) is the dumbest, most counterproductive intervention I’ve ever seen. It reflects a complete inability to handle minor misbehavior, an unwillingness to do so, or both. I have dealt with hundreds of difficult students and I have never had recourse to police intervention. No student or staff member was ever injured.

This practice should be stopped immediately as it does more harm than good.

—Robert B. Bloom, Highland Park

Verbalizing and aiming at parents’ wallets is unlikely to change children’s behavior. Curfews and limits on socializing were the worst punishments in the 1950s when I was young. They worked!

—Carole Bogaard, Oak Lawn

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