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The News-Times also hears from a Forest Grove reader about student loan debt forgiveness.

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Roads can't handle increase in traffic

The cities expanded, we all can see.

What about the roads that are already crowded by too many cars? Some of the roads are only one lane and many people are being brought into the area and the traffic is getting worse by the moment.

My question, and others have asked over and over again, what are you doing with the crowded roads?

Audhoney Muller, Hillsboro

People are responsible for choices they make, including college

It has been now more than two years since the pause for repayment of student loans started.

Our current president has elected to continue that pause despite his repeated claims of how great the economy is doing. We have low unemployment — roughly 3.5% nationally and 2.8% for those with a bachelor's degree.

By continuing this pause, it adds a hidden tax and inflation effect to all Americans. The money these former students should be paying towards their loans is a causing a false cashflow to the economy. Injecting empty dollars into the economy dilutes the value of the dollar.

We are creating too many Captain McCreas in our society. I am referencing the character in the movie "Wall-E" who has not learned to stand on his own two feet.

Are we loving our children by holding them accountable or hating them by rewarding them for being irresponsible?

My view is we are doing a disservice by not holding people accountable. We cannot afford to keep kicking this can down the road. Those who however ignorantly they made that decision to go to college need to suck it up, not wait for a bailout.

How did we get into this situation to begin with? In my family, I am the only one earning, and I can say as a father of five that did go to college I had some stake in the game. We had debt for nearly all, and three have completed that obligation.

Colleges have no responsibility to see your success. They will gladly sign you up for $50,000, saying you have plenty of time to pay that back. Easy for them to say.

Yes, there needs to be accountability all around. Parents and high school counselors need not cave to colleges saying everyone needs to go to college. There needs to be some sanity in the decision process, and part of that is that taxpayers are not responsible for your education — you are.

There is a very famous quote by a well-known president, "Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."

You did not consult with me when you signed up for that bill for a degree that was projected to pay you $40,000 to $50,000, so why am I included to to pay for it?

Greg Rooker, Forest Grove


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