Jesse Colvin will sup­port stu­dents

The Star Democrat - - OPINION -

Com­mu­nity col­lege was a life­line for me as a mother and full-time dairy farmer. It pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue a de­gree and con­tinue on to a mas­ter’s de­gree. Not only was it af­ford­able, the lo­ca­tion al­lowed me to do “ev­ery­thing” ef­fi­ciently.

As tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to evolve, ev­ery­one needs ad­di­tional train­ing be­yond high school to get a job that pays a liv­ing wage. Even farm­ers used com­put­er­ized sys­tems for track­ing herd sta­tis­tics be­fore com­put­ers were in wide use.

Un­for­tu­nately, stu­dents are be­ing priced out of fur­ther train­ing or bur­dened with stu­dent loans way into their 40s. The news that the Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Agency’s stu­dent loan sec­tion is not oper­at­ing as de­signed (NPR – res­ig­na­tion let­ter of Seth Froth­man), but is in­stead, be­ing re­aligned to sup­port large fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions, the same ones that in the re­cent past were deemed “too big to fail.” Where will this leave the lowly stu­dent — at the mercy of preda­tory lend­ing with no re­course?

We need rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Congress who will speak up for us and ask the hard ques­tions and in­sure that stu­dents are treated fairly and not sub­merged in debt for the rest of their lives.

That’s why I’m sup­port­ing Jesse Colvin for Congress — a per­son who will stand up for stu­dents and lis­ten to the peo­ple he rep­re­sents. PHYLLIS KILBY Colora

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