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Home arrow Opinion arrow Letters arrow Letters and comments for May 18, 2011

Letters and comments for May 18, 2011

Letters and comments for May 18, 2011

District champs

To the Editor:

A very important event was left out of your reporting on the District 2A track meet, which happened on May 13.

I would like to congratulate the Union girls track team as Blue Mountain Conference 2A District champions!

Many great athletes competed that day, but for this important fact to be left out of the reporting is sad at best.

These athletes deserve to be recognized for their years of dedication and hard work to achieve this accomplishment.

Best of luck to all the 1A/ 2A boys and girls who will be competing at the state level this weekend in Monmouth!

Susie Sheehy


Support tuition bill

To the Editor:

The Oregon State Senate voted 18 to 11 to pass Senate Bill 742, Oregon’s bipartisan tuition equity bill. The bill is now in the Oregon State House for approval.

Current Oregon law requires proof of citizenship to qualify for in-state tuition rates. This means that many of Oregon’s brightest students are being priced out of state colleges and universities.

The difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition is significant — for example, at the University of Oregon, in-state tuition is $8,190 a year. Currently, undocumented students, even those who went to Oregon elementary and high schools, have to come up with $25,830 if they want to study at U of O — and that’s without access to federal loans and grants.

The same is true for the rest of Oregon’s colleges and universities. I urge our representative Greg Smith to support tuition equity when SB 742 comes to the Oregon House.

Bill Whitaker

La Grande

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