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February 24, 2009 at 3:26 PM

House Bill 1706: Student eligibility for state-need grants

Rewarding a bad choice

I’m writing in response to Ricardo Sanchez’s guest column, “Don’t deny needs grants to undocumented students” [Feb. 19].

Every American works hard. Part of being an American is supporting this country and its sovereignty. A country without laws is a country in trouble.

Lately, everyone who makes bad choices wants to be rewarded. When did this thinking start? Prisons are full for people who made poor decisions, but we don’t say it’s OK. They have to pay society for breaking the rules.

So, why do illegal citizens think they are exempt? Yes, they pay sales tax and income tax under a false identity, but what price do we pay educating them from preschool through high school?

Now they want this extended to college. Is this not a reward for their parents’ bad choices?

Our country is in bad shape and we don’t need to extend education to people who will never be able to get jobs without a legal identity. If these groups want illegal citizens to be educated, why aren’t they paying for their education? They certainly have enough money to pay for busloads of people to protest Washington for their cause.

— Kathleen Bukoskey, Everett

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