Start with the high cost of college. And what loans can you spend on – Twin Cities


What are the loans for

The issue of student debt is huge and needs to be addressed. Forgiveness is not the answer. As soon as one round of “forgiveness” ends, the next batch of student loans begins and the whole process begins again.

There are no easy answers, but getting started means tackling the high cost of a college education.

In addition, it should also be determined what a “student loan” can be used for. Some of my children have accumulated quite a lot of student debt (against my advice, I paid most of their actual school fees). I was a bit shocked to learn that the loan funds can be used for anything… spring break trips, cars, fun nights, jewelry, etc. i.e. tuition, books and basic accommodation (not luxury apartments).

Tom Deans, New Richmond

School shootings

Of course, these are the weapons. You couldn’t do that with a bow and arrow.

Mary DePrey, Roseville

The politicians

Want to do something to reduce gun violence? So stop electing bad politicians.

Neil Fagerhaugh Hugo

The list of suspects

In response to the latest mass shooting spree, Sen. Ted Cruz blames “Democrats and a lot of people in the media,” Fox News commentators point to inadequate security measures, and the National Rifle Association trots out its usual laments over mental instability.

But one thing is missing from their usual list of suspects: firearms.

The ready availability and access to firearms is a constant feature of all these massacres.

The shedding of these crocodile tears is a pot; enablers of repeated tragedies should do something about the constant culprit: guns.

Marshall H. Tanick, Minneapolis

Not funny

By now we may have all seen George Bush’s remark confusing the war in Iraq with the war in Ukraine. It would have been funny and embarrassing to say the least, but the fact that hundreds of thousands lost their lives in the Iraq War has been lied to from the start, including many of our own American men and women.

Instead, it’s not funny or embarrassing, but a tragedy. Nothing to laugh about.

And now it’s happening again in Ukraine, and if we don’t act together and use diplomacy and negotiations, no more weapons, which makes it worse, we could see a much more tragic event – as the end of civilization.

Mr. Bush even tried to correct his mistake by saying, well, he was 75 years old. How many people over the age of 75 take this as an insult to our intelligence? Sorry, Mr. President, you lose again.

Patty Guerrero, St. Paul


I just read an article in which Ramsey County Council reported that it costs $25,000 in staff time to run the Ramsey County Fair. The Stewards sent the Fair Board a contract advising them that they can no longer store any items in the property’s barn, that everything must be cleaned within 24 hours, and that the Fair Board must provide liability insurance.

The Board of Directors and County Executive approved payments to John Thompson for $43,380.00 since 2020. The payments were made for Thompson to prepare for and attend equity meetings. His pay rate was mostly $100 an hour. This is the same John Thompson who serves in our legislature with allegations of abuse, unethical behavior, false allegations against police officers, made terrorist threats against the citizens of Hugo and, as far as I know obstructed justice when an officer recently arrested his daughter.

The board agrees to pay Thompson more than $40,000, but worries about $25,000 in staff time for the fair?

Debbie Reiter, Shoreview


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