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In our first reader mailbag of 2022, the News-Times hears about Senate District 15 candidates and student loans.

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Sollman has shown leadership

I am writing in support of state Rep. Janeen Sollman for appointment to Senate District 15.

Having raised two children in the Hillsboro School District, I have been privy to Janeen's extensive involvement in both the school district and within the community. Her strong presence in the community has given Janeen the unique chance to develop a strong sense of camaraderie with the youth and help empower and mentor them just as she has done for my daughter.

Interning for Rep. Sollman throughout high school has given my daughter the invaluable privilege to be a working part of our community. A community where she has witnessed Janeen's commitment, passion, empathy and sympathy for all of her constituents.

For these reasons and more, I implore others to join with me in support of Janeen to represent all of us in Senate District 15.

Maura Donis, Hillsboro

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

Personal and professional accolades for Sollman

I have known Janeen Sollman for many years.

We initially met, via the Meals on Wheels People — Hillsboro Center, Janeen as a volunteer, me as a recipient. We became friends, and time and time again, she has shown me the true meaning of friendship. I am thankful every day for her.

It has also been my honor and privilege to experience her work in/for her community, her constituents, and our state. She is tireless, dedicated, consistent and truly cares about making the lives of all Oregonians better. She faces each new challenge with a "can-do" attitude.

I am endorsing Janeen Sollman and know that we will all benefit by having her as our District 15 Oregon state senator.

Linda Harris, Hillsboro

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