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November 25, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Higher-ed budget cuts

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That’s it, rob the future taxpayers to pay for the current government’s incompetence. Sunday’s front-page story about 20 percent cuts to higher education was alarming [“20% cuts may be ahead for state colleges, universities as bottom falls out of budget,” Nov. 23].

Without the next generation of well-paid, taxpaying citizens, the current generation is in big trouble when it comes time for those Social Security checks to show up in the mailbox.

Budget cuts in the area of education seem to undermine the sustainability of this state’s economy. In the job market, a college education isn’t a golden ticket to getting a job that will pay a mortgage, buy a used car and keep one’s family fed and clothed. It’s a requirement. Undermining young people’s ability to compete in future job markets by making education inaccessible flies in the face of logic.

Education should be this state’s No. 1 priority. It is the only way we are going to ensure economic sustainability. Otherwise, let’s just ship jobs out now to other countries in the world that make education a priority. While we’re at it, let’s turn all the universities into soup kitchens because that’s the only way our parents are going to eat without our future tax dollars to help them when they can’t work anymore.

— Justin Craig, Seattle

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