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Beware of lobbyists on student aid bill

The skyrocketing cost of college has put higher education out of reach for too many talented young people. Poor and working-class families must devote one-third to 55 percent of their income u even after financial aid u to pay for costs at public four-year colleges.

To address this problem, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The bill raises the Pell grant and invests in community colleges and minority serving institutions, which will ensure that millions more young people will have the opportunity to attend college.

It also puts students over loan companiesAE excess profits by 1) ending a program that gives banks wasteful subsidies and 2) using the savings u $87 billion u to help students get an education. Now, as the Senate prepares to take up the bill, bank lobbyists are attempting to kill this common sense reform.

They have already spent millions on lobbying and ads and have even hired a high-powered and controversial public relations firm to run their campaign against reform. Our senators should make sure that they are listening to students and their families, not lender lobbyists.

Andrew Bendelow

Elmhurst

Health bill signals more government

Nov. 7, 2009, is a day that will live in infamy for the rest of American history. On that day HR 3962, health care reform, passed. It will kick at least 90 million people off their private insurance, which will force these people to buy government-run health insurance or else pay a fine.

This plan will essentially allow the government to take over a fifth of the nationAEs economy when they have already taken over the banks, the car companies and other industries. A vote for this bill will do significant harm to America and its future.

John Poshepny

Downers Grove

Not thinking of own standard of living

My letter is very simple. I have been in health care since 1985. My husband is a physician. Over these many years, we have watched what happens to the people, in our case children, who have good resources, and those who do not.

I am a therapist employed by a large pediatric institution, and my husband is a pediatrician. We have seen it all. Sure, we are "well off," with good insurance. But we are not so shallow or selfish to think only of protecting our standard of living. In short, we care about others. It is frightening to see how many people seem not to. Particularly so many who consider themselves "good Christians."

Wendy Kolar

Naperville

First major health hurdle cleared

I am so proud of the House representatives who voted in favor of the first step to affordable health care for America. It has been a long road and the first major hurdle has been accomplished. These are strong individuals who are looking out for America by saying no to lobbyists and big companies.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. At church we gave a Thanksgiving prayer for this vote to help the poor and helpless. I hope all the others who voted no reconsider on the final House vote.

Michael Lively

West Chicago

Doctor bailing, canAEt face new health plan

Today I took my son to the doctor for his regular checkup. WeAEd recently changed from a bloated, expensive insurance policy to something more in line with what insurance is supposed to be u for finance-crushing emergencies. …

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