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Aug. 09, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

American dream is gone for most

I feel compelled to respond to a recent letter regarding student loans. I take exception to the writer's comments.

When I was in high school, you were stigmatized if you did not plan to attend college. It didn't matter if your family could afford it or not. College was available to students of families with old money only, for the most part. The only other way was to get a sports scholarship. It didn't matter if you were one of the smartest in your class. You had to be a favorite of the faculty or a jock.

The others fell through the cracks and went on to take either low-paying jobs or join the military to protect, among others, draft dodgers and kids of the wealthy who had "educational deferments."

Most politicians are from money families with little or no military experience. You will seldom find one of their offspring in the military and usually following in the footsteps of their parents to become career politicians. College was but a dream for some of us. Then one day after a lifetime of minimum-wage jobs, some of us did go and graduate with the help of student loans. Next was a lifetime of debt because no one will hire you because you are either too old or your skin is the wrong color.

You see, our country is much more interested in giving all our money to the ones who already have most of it anyhow. The American dream is dead because of political correctness, Godlessness and complacency. Bottom line: Forget college and your dreams and save your money to survive in what is now a third-world country.

The rest will go to pay off your student loans if you make the same mistake many of us did.

Rich Christian

Huntington

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