Bob Ashford is quoted as saying senior citizens “need this financial assistance to take advantage of the popular programs and classes.”
Tom Loeffler and Larry Stephenson voted against reinstating the waiver for seniors.
Armida Bittner ... “until we know what we’re up against” ... the board shouldn’t discuss whether to change regular tuition or provide scholarships for high school seniors ... after she voted to partly reinstate tuition waivers for senior citizens.
According to Ms. Jacobson’s article, “Board members have no idea where the college stands financially other than a promise from EAC that this year’s budget is balanced.”
Surely people in our community recognize the need, the fairness, the “right thing to do,” of helping high school students continue their educations. Weighing the financial needs of senior citizens to attend “... popular programs and classes” against the needs of our young people to further their education, should tip the scale to the side of students.
Our young people need all the education they can get. They will need to compete in a steadily competitive employment environment. Isn’t it the moral responsibility of older citizens to help younger citizens along their paths to success?
C. Anne Boisvert