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The Times publishes reader letters on student loans and term limits in Tigard.

Student loan forgiveness is irresponsible

Education is the backbone of any society. Higher education or college is the key to success for countless individuals, but at the same time, should anyone be in debt for the rest of their life after graduation day?

While the cost of a college education has skyrocketed especially over the past 30 years, this constant cry for loan forgiveness is idealistic and irresponsible. Yes, college is expensive, but the idea that people want their debts excused after they graduate is ludicrous.

When you sign on the dotted line to buy a house, car or college education, you know it's not free and you know you're expected to pay it back. What kind of a message are we sending when we essentially blow off someone's debt?

Irresponsible financial management, for starters. You borrow money, you pay it back — that's how it works in the real world. Borrow money, sign a contract, pay it back.

Stomping your feet and saying it's not fair is childish. Yes, I'd love to have someone excuse the remainder of my home loan so I could retire tomorrow, but I have no fairy godmother, so I know even though it would make mine and my wife's life dramatically better, it's not going to happen, nor should college loans be excused after the fact.

If you start, where does it end? It doesn't. It sets an unrealistic precedent forever, which is not remotely sensible or responsible for anyone.

Jim Maass, Beaverton

Term limits in Tigard? Yes, please

As Tualatin puts a charter amendment on the May ballot to lengthen City Council term limits from 12 to 16 years, Tigard is hastily pouncing on the same idea.

We need term limits to provide guardrails on those who refuse to give up their political power (and the benefits therein).

Read our Jan. 3, 2022, story on the likely charter amendment measure in Tigard.

Some may argue the need for continuity in governing. Hence, that is why we have staggered terms in local government.

Some may argue that it is only fair that the years of experience on council makes for a better candidate. Let the voters be the judge of qualifications instead of changing the rules for personal benefit.

I submit that 12 years on City Council is long enough, and so did Tigard voters in 2015. This ruse to clear up and clarify language in the Tigard City Charter at taxpayer expense is an appalling attempt to hold onto a seat at the table.

Lend your voice and tell Tigard City Council to scrap extending term limits.

Linda Monahan, Tigard


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