Letter to the Editor: Students, not taxpayers, should be paying for college

There has been a lot of press regarding the $130 million cut to the University of Alaska. I, of course, disagree with a lot of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s cuts, but I feel that a college’s operational costs should be paid by tuition, donations from alumni and corporations, not the taxpayers.

After the Korean War, I was denied GI Bill education funding because I had lied about my age when I joined the Army. So, like tens of thousands of other young people in the U.S. struggling to pay tuition, I took a night job in a sawmill, in Longview, Washington, and a half college load during the day.

It takes longer to get a degree that way, but you’ll not be carrying the load of a student loan for years after graduation and the $130 million can then go for care of seniors, foster kids, the homeless and crumbling infrastructure.

— John A. Anderson,

Kenai

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