What Others Are Saying

September 28, 2007

Would you sell your home, put off retirement or dip into your 401(k) to buy a Lamborghini or Hermes handbag for your teenager? Didn't think so. Then why do so many status-minded parents insist on buying their kids a "designer" education at an expensive private university? Plenty of accredited public schools offer a better value and a solid education.

A recent UCLA study said two out of three freshmen had "some" or "major" concerns about how they'll pay for college. In no way are public university students immune. Consider the recent case of the 35-year-old Illinois State University graduate student whose family said he killed himself because he couldn't pay $100,000 in student loans.

Consumer protections for those taking out loans have been watered down in the last decade, and big lenders like Sallie Mae made things more difficult by persuading Congress to remove bankruptcy protection from private loans.

It doesn't have to be so bleak. We can stick it to the big lenders by borrowing less, by sending students to cheaper schools - maybe even having them live at home and attend community college, transferring later to a four-year college. Ultimately, what students do in college is more important than where they go. But first, parents have to get a grip.

- Chicago Sun-Times

Columbia University got it right. Invite Iran's barely comprehensible and delusional president to a forum and let him indict himself with his slippery grasp of history and reality. In other words, treat all sides to a dose of free speech and allow outsiders to draw their own judgments.

His abysmal performance - there are no gays in Iran and the Holocaust needs more study to substantiate - was worth 1,000 National Intelligence Estimates on why he belongs nowhere near a nuclear weapon.

- San Francisco Chronicle

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